Goaterie Gone Wild - it's the culinary equivalent of Girls Gone Wild.
Okay, maybe it's not that racy but you know the udder truth (sorry) is that we are a devoted group of fans who are discovering what the rest of the world already knows: goat meat rocks! For much of the world, goat meat is the red meat of choice. Capreto, cabrito, chevon, mutton...call it what you will, but for folks all over the world call it dinner. In Italy, Spain, France, India, England, Morocco, Cameroon, Malawi, Puerto Rico, Jamaica...the world over, people enjoy this low-fat but tasty meat that requires less land and water, fewer agricultural inputs than beef. You can read more about "old world meats" in a piece I wrote for Nourish Network.
Here in the states, goat meat is on the cusp of being mainstreamed, driven in part by a desire to eat more local and sustainable food. As well, our Hispanic/Latino, and Muslim neighbors are growing segments of the overall population and this is helping the rest of us discover this great red meat option.
Find your local Halal Market (similar to Kosher laws, Halal govern humane slaughter), or a specialty butcher like Savenor's or the Meat House and order goat for a change of pace. It's sustainable, it's healthy and it's delicious. It's also more versatile than many of us might know.
Regular readers will recall that I featured a curried goat in my class at the Boston Center for Adult Ed last fall.
That curried goat recipe was a big hit, I used the recipe on Elise Bauer's Simply Recipes, which was contributed by Hank Shaw. Here's my curry powder recipe, a riff on Hank's. Now go get some goat and try it out.
LDG Jamaican Curry Powder
Slight variation on Hank Shaw’s. His curry appears on Elise Bauer’s Simply Recipes.
- 1 TBSP each: Cumin Seed, Mustard Seed, Fenugreek, Black Peppercorns, Allspice, Green Cardamom Pods; Coriander Seeds, Turmeric
- 1 three inch piece of cinnamon stick, broken up
- 2 tsp ground ginger
Break up cinnamon, then combine spices in clean coffee mill or spice grinder or mortar & pestle. Grind in batches until you have a powdered curry blend of the texture you like.
♥ Stay tuned for a new goat recipe coming soon, and check La Fuji Mama's blog for the round up of more goat links.
Did you grow up eating goat? Eaten goat while traveling? How was it prepared?