If you've never cooked with goat meat before, it's high time! From curry to kebabs, from Jamaica to Mongolia, this diverse list of must-try goat recipes from around the world is a great place to start!
A few weeks ago, I started taking advantage of the amazing online pre-order system offered by the farmer's market of our closest small city. It works out really well, because the pickup times happen to coincide with my daughter's violin lesson right nearby. I love it when these little logistical miracles happen.
One thing I love about this particular farmer's market is that it offers some foods I don't tend to see in the other rural Maine markets, and that's no surprise since this quirky little city is home to a gloriously diverse population.
In fact, over the last decade, an influx of refugees and asylum seekers has absolutely revitalized what used to be a depressing (and by every metric, dying) old mill town.
There's a particularly vibrant Somali population. Some of my favorite vendors at the market are families who grew up farming in Africa, and now farm here in Maine. It makes my soul sing a little bit when we visit their colorful booth and my kids and I get welcomed like long-lost relatives.
Among the less-common offerings of this multi-ethnic market, is goat meat.
Y'all, I have never in my life cooked goat meat. In fact, I've only tasted it once--in an an Ethiopian restaurant in New York.
But that one taste was enough to make me realize that goat meat is something that we're really missing out on here in the US.
Now that I have a reliable source of ethically-raised, pastured goat meat, I'm on a mission to do it justice by learning to cook some classic goat meat recipes from around the world.
What follows is my personal top-10 list of recipes that I want to cook my way through this year. Want to join me?
10 must-try goat recipes from around the world
Don't these goat meat recipes all look amazing? I think I'm going to start with that Jamaican goat curry from A Spicy Perspective, while I wait for my order of spices to come in at the local food co-op, so I can try some of the others. Living in Maine, things like galangal can be elusive to find on the grocery store shelves!
How about you? What recipe would you be most excited to try? Do you have a favorite goat meat recipe to share? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!