Cabrito Asado

Baby Goat Roasted on a Bed of Aromatic Vegetables

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Media Ración

    6

Appears in

MoVida

By Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish

Published 2007

  • About

There are a lot of restaurants in Spain with a horno de leña (wood-fired oven) at its heart. The fires are lit first thing in the morning and go well into the day. All day and night whole suckling pigs, half lambs and pieces of goat are cooked in giant terracotta trays. The steady heat cooks the meat evenly, slowly easing the meat off the bone, and the embers give the flesh a slightly smoky quality.

If you have a wood-fired oven this is the perfect excuse to light it up. A mate of mine cooks this in his camp oven, on his bush block down the Great Ocean Road. He puts a shovelful of embers on the heavy metal lid and leaves it cooking for hours. The slow cooking melts the flesh and the coals give it a gentle fragrance. You can use very lean lamb if you can’t find goat.

Ingredients

  • forequarter of a 3–6 month old goat (about 1.5–2 kg/3 lb 5 oz4 lb 8 oz), cut into 4 pieces
  • 750 ml (26 fl oz/3 cups) fino sherry
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves, chopped
  • 8 bay leaves, gently crushed
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 brown onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic bulb, peeled and roughly crushed
  • 4 pinches of sea salt flakes

Method

Marinate the goat by putting it into a bowl with the sherry, extra virgin olive oil, thyme, bay leaves, carrot and onion. Rub the crushed garlic into the goat pieces and put the remains of the garlic in the marinade. Baste the goat with the marinade several times, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).

Remove the goat from the marinade and set aside. Pour the marinade into a roasting tin, making a bed with the vegetables. Lay the goat on top of the vegetables and season with the sea salt. Put in the oven and cook for 1 hour. Turn the meat over and cook for a further 1–1½ hours, or until the meat comes away from the bone.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Carve the meat and serve with a little of the cooking juices and some of the vegetables.