Tassot de Cabrit or Fried Cubed Goat

One very popular dish found on many Haitian plates is Tassot de Cabrit (Fried Goat Meat Bits). This dish is usually paired with rice, fried plantains and veggies and gets its start with a good selection of goat meat, usually a goat's leg. The leaner and fresher the leg, though pricier, the better your end result. Though, frozen goat meat may also be used and any excess fat may be trimmed off during preparation.

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Tassot de Cabrit or Fried Goat, Haitian Style

What you will need:
• 2-3 lbs of cubed goat meat
• 1/2 a cup of Orange Juice (Sour)
• 1/4 of a cup of Lime Juice
• 1 tsp. of hot pepper and salt (each)
• 1 tbsp. of chopped parsley and thyme (each)
• 2 finely chopped shallots
• 4 cups of water
• Oil for frying

What you should do:
1. Wash cubed meat, no bigger than 2-3 inches in thickness, as thicker pieces will take longer to cook, in vinegar and use cold water to rinse.
2. Marinate in orange and lime juices, pepper and salt for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
3. Boil the marinated meat in a pot without putting in additional liquids.
4. Add water after the initial stock has evaporated and cook until the meat is tender. You may need to add water periodically, a cup at a time.
5. When meat is cooked, removed from the liquid. Do not dispose of the liquid.
6. Heat oil in a large frying pan and, without overcrowding the pan, fry the cooked pieces of meat. Serve while still hot.

This meal, apart from the cooking time, takes about 90 minutes to prepare and serves 4-6 people. For healthier methods, drizzle with oil and roast on a fire grill or bake on a dish for 25 minutes after boiling.

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