I’ve been snubbing my crockpot. Can’t remember the last time I used it. My husband even bought me two crock pot recipe books for Christmas, and I still neglected to take it out of the garage. I’ve always loved cooking, and found the time to make dinner after getting home from work. That is, until having our baby boy. Lately, it has been a juggling act in making dinner on weeknights, and we’ve been eating later and later.
I stumbled across “leg of goat” as a special for the week at Circle Key Farms at the North Scottsdale Farmers Market. Intrigued, I asked the owner “what does goat taste like?” He responded that it tasted like lamb but less greasy and game-y. Then he gave me his wife’s crockpot recipe off the top of his head. Sold! I quickly picked up the ingredients from On the Vine and The Backyard Farmer, and improvised with what I had on hand. Just one technicality, my husband loathes, detests, can’t stand the smell of…lamb. I don’t think he’s ever even tried it. When I told him I was making a goat stew for dinner: “huh, we’re eating what?!” he asked. “Goat, it’s good for you, it tastes like beef” (fingers crossed). I prepped the ingredients last night, and put the crock pot on before going to work. We came home to a rich aroma of savory goodness. The meat just melted off the bone. I served it over brown rice, and noticed it tasted a cross between beef and lamb. My husband took a bite noting “yeah, it tastes like beef…i like it”. Yes! Thank you Circle Key Farms for introducing goat to our family.
Update: I froze a container full of the stew for a later dinner, and I put the rest in the fridge. This morning, I woke up expecting to have to skim the fat off the top of the stew. Turns out, goat is so lean, there was hardly any trace of fat. And like any stew, it tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!
1 leg of goat, approx 2 pounds
1 large onion, sliced
4 carrots, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 summer squash, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
4 small red potatoes, quartered
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup red wine
1 tsp thyme or herbs de provence
salt and pepper to taste
3 bay leaves
Add onion, carrots, zucchini, squash, potatoes, and tomatoes to the crock pot. Mix in tomato sauce. Generously salt and pepper the leg of goat, and place into the crockpot, nestling into the veggies. Add red wine, thyme or herbs de provence, and bay leaves. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. Serves 6-8 people.