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Slow Cooker Goat “Bourguignon”

A few weeks ago, I picked up some goat meat on a whim at the Pearl Brewery farmer’s market in San Antonio. I had been reading a lot about it, but found it in local grocery stores. I’m so glad I tried it; I am now a total convert and preach the marvels of goat to anyone who will listen.

It was frozen (for food safety reasons, most of the meat sold at the farmer’s market is frozen), so using the slow-cooker was a great solution. If it wasn’t frozen, I would have browned the goat in some bacon fat before putting in the slow-cooker. This by no means is a traditional “bourguignon,” but it uses many of the same flavors. I kind of just dumped whatever reminded me of traditional boeuf bourguignon in the slow-cooker.

This is the kind of dish into which you can add whatever comes in your Local Box that week. Last time I made this with green garlic and red spring onions; this time I had a ton of carrots and used the pattypan squash. If you have mushrooms, those would be fabulous too. I’ve included the basic recipe, but the intent is that you improvise with whatever’s in season/on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of carrots, peeled and chopped into medium-sized chunks
  • 1 large onion or a few spring onions (either red or yellow, though I used red) chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 bottle red wine (I used a French burgundy.)
  • 1-14 oz. can low-sodium beef stock
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 lb. goat stew meat
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and a few grinds of pepper

Directions:

  • Put the chopped vegetables and the herbs in the bottom of the slow-cooker, then add the tomato paste and liquids and stir well.
  • Add the goat so that all of the pieces are covered in the liquid, then add the salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, then on low for 2 hours (alternatively, low for 8 hours — 9 if it’s frozen — would be okay also).

Verdict:
This was PHENOMENAL. I’ve made boeuf bourguignon in the slow-cooker before using a similar recipe, but the goat was much more moist and flavorful. The goat was more flavorful than beef, but not game-y at all. I served this with garlic mashed potatoes (saute ~3 cloves of garlic in butter, then add milk or buttermilk to the skillet to heat through, then add to the boiled potatoes and whisk everything in a stand mixer until smooth), so it was nice to have so much sauce with it, but if you want a thicker gravy, stir about 1 tsp. cornstarch into the beef stock before adding to the slow-cooker.

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Slow Cooker Goat "Bourguignon"

A few weeks ago, I picked up some goat meat on a whim at the Pearl Brewery farmer’s market in San Antonio. I had been reading a lot about it, but found it in local grocery stores. I’m so glad I tried it; I am now a total convert and preach the marvels of goat to anyone who will listen.

It was frozen (for food safety reasons, most of the meat sold at the farmer’s market is frozen), so using the slow-cooker was a great solution. If it wasn’t frozen, I would have browned the goat in some bacon fat before putting in the slow-cooker. This by no means is a traditional “bourguignon,” but it uses many of the same flavors. I kind of just dumped whatever reminded me of traditional boeuf bourguignon in the slow-cooker.

This is the kind of dish into which you can add whatever comes in your Local Box that week. Last time I made this with green garlic and red spring onions; this time I had a ton of carrots and used the pattypan squash. If you have mushrooms, those would be fabulous too. I’ve included the basic recipe, but the intent is that you improvise with whatever’s in season/on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of carrots, peeled and chopped into medium-sized chunks
  • 1 large onion or a few spring onions (either red or yellow, though I used red) chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 bottle red wine (I used a French burgundy.)
  • 1-14 oz. can low-sodium beef stock
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 lb. goat stew meat
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and a few grinds of pepper

Directions:

  • Put the chopped vegetables and the herbs in the bottom of the slow-cooker, then add the tomato paste and liquids and stir well.
  • Add the goat so that all of the pieces are covered in the liquid, then add the salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, then on low for 2 hours (alternatively, low for 8 hours — 9 if it’s frozen — would be okay also).

Verdict:
This was PHENOMENAL. I’ve made boeuf bourguignon in the slow-cooker before using a similar recipe, but the goat was much more moist and flavorful. The goat was more flavorful than beef, but not game-y at all. I served this with garlic mashed potatoes (saute ~3 cloves of garlic in butter, then add milk or buttermilk to the skillet to heat through, then add to the boiled potatoes and whisk everything in a stand mixer until smooth), so it was nice to have so much sauce with it, but if you want a thicker gravy, stir about 1 tsp. cornstarch into the beef stock before adding to the slow-cooker.

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Karen’s Green Pasta Sauce

greensauceI met Karen Hett from Sun City at a Greenling cooking class held last fall at Green Gate Farms. As conversations among local foodies are wont to do, ours soon turned to the subject of greens: What to do with so many collards, kale, chard, and more? Karen emailed me this recipe, for which she credits lots of sources and plenty of tweaking, a few days later.Β  I modified it a bit according to the contents of my refrigerator last night, but the results were still tasty – and outrageously nutritious. All told, I used up a bunch of Local Box spinach, one of collards, some green garlic, a handful of cilantro, and about a third of a Meyer lemon.

6 cups packed greens, including chard, basil, parsley, stems removed
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
red pepper flakes
salt to taste
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (not canned)
1/2 small lemon, sliced thinly
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chicken broth, can be made from bouillon cube
chopped olives, green or black
pine nuts
one cup sliced chicken, if desired
1 lb cooked pasta, your choice. This works well with any tube pasta or linguine.

In food processor with the motor running, drop in garlic, onions, lemon; add greens a little at time.

Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and olive oil until a paste is formed.

Remove from food processor and place in sauce pan with grated Parmesan. Add
chicken slices if using. Stir until the cheese is melted, adding more broth if
necessary. Taste for seasonings, add salt and red pepper flakes.

Serve over hot pasta of your choice, sprinkling with chopped olives and pine nuts. Pass extra Parmesan.

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Karen's Green Pasta Sauce

greensauceI met Karen Hett from Sun City at a Greenling cooking class held last fall at Green Gate Farms. As conversations among local foodies are wont to do, ours soon turned to the subject of greens: What to do with so many collards, kale, chard, and more? Karen emailed me this recipe, for which she credits lots of sources and plenty of tweaking, a few days later.Β  I modified it a bit according to the contents of my refrigerator last night, but the results were still tasty – and outrageously nutritious. All told, I used up a bunch of Local Box spinach, one of collards, some green garlic, a handful of cilantro, and about a third of a Meyer lemon.

6 cups packed greens, including chard, basil, parsley, stems removed
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
red pepper flakes
salt to taste
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (not canned)
1/2 small lemon, sliced thinly
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chicken broth, can be made from bouillon cube
chopped olives, green or black
pine nuts
one cup sliced chicken, if desired
1 lb cooked pasta, your choice. This works well with any tube pasta or linguine.

In food processor with the motor running, drop in garlic, onions, lemon; add greens a little at time.

Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and olive oil until a paste is formed.

Remove from food processor and place in sauce pan with grated Parmesan. Add
chicken slices if using. Stir until the cheese is melted, adding more broth if
necessary. Taste for seasonings, add salt and red pepper flakes.

Serve over hot pasta of your choice, sprinkling with chopped olives and pine nuts. Pass extra Parmesan.

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