Goat Stew, CHIVO GUISADO


Receta en español: Chivo Guisado
I think I am right in saying that, just like the Dominican sancocho, chivo guisado is another favorite stew present in many special celebrations in the Dominican Republic. To prepare this northwestern dish, the chivo liniero is preferred by many for its taste and the quality of meat, but with this recipe it does not matter if the goat is from Monte Cristi or Higuey, I guarantee you will be able to cook a delicious chivo guisado. According to my husband I prepare "the best goat stew ever ", and I believe him because 22 + years of marriage is not to be taken lightly, there is a reason why people say love enters through the kitchen, lol.

We buy this kind of meat in the main highway to Santiago like many others in the Cibao area. Goat meat vendors have their ambulatory stands located there, and this has become a popular area where you can get fresh goat meat by the pound or whole.


Many members of my family have had the opportunity to tasted my goat stew, and compliment me on the taste, amazed at how the meat does not have that strong peculiar smell and taste of goat. A neighbor told me she washes the meat with strong brewed coffee to remove the smell and taste of goat, and this works for many people, but I do not use coffee. I just clean and wash the meat well as I explain below and leave it to marinate overnight. 
The following recipe is how I prepare this traditional dish. I learned by watching my mom, who makes an amazing goat stew. I made some adaptations to suit my husband's and my taste, but it is mainly how my Mom taught me.







Goat Stew, Chivo Guisado

If you are looking how to prepare a goat stew with wine, or how to prepare a spicy goat Dominican style, this is a very good recipe, that is easy to follow and will help you successfully prepare this dish even if it is your first time preparing it.

Ingredients:
4 ½ pounds of goat
Juice of 3 or 4 oranges sour
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 ½ tablespoon oregano
3, whole or ground malaguetas- all spice
2 tablespoons crushed garlic (6 cloves)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
1-2 tsp ground black pepper
1 ½ cup red wine for cooking (divided use)
¼ cup olive oil
Pinch of sugar
1 onion
2 hot chili peppers (optional)
½ cup chopped cilantro
3 cup water
2 tablespoons tomato sauce

Instructions:
1. Wash the goat meat under running water and then add a ¼ cup of salt, until each piece is clean; Discard all the water. Squeeze the juice of an orange or two and rub each piece in it. Rinse one more time with water to remove all the salt and let the meat drain completely.

2. In a container with a lid, mix the goat meat with ½ cup orange juice, onion powder, oregano, allspice, crushed garlic, soy sauce (Chinese), thyme, salt, black pepper and half of the wine for cooking. With a spoon or your hands stir the meat until well blended with the seasoning. If you already have prepared Dominican seasoning then use a cup of this seasoning and add the remaining spices/ ingredients like thyme, onion powder, soy sauce, all spice, orange juice and wine. Cover the container, and refrigerate overnight to allow the meat to absorb the flavoring and aroma of the herbs and spices. It can be cooked the same day, but for best flavor I recommend leaving until the next day, you will not regret it.

3. When the meat is ready to cook, heat a large pot and add the oil, as soon as the oil begins to heat up, sprinkle a pinch of sugar over it. As the sugar begins to lightly brown, add the meat, stir fry until nicely browned; Reserving the seasoning liquid for later. Add the brunoised onion and pepper, whole spicy pepper (optional), chopped cilantro, the reserve seasoned liquid and two cups of water. Cover and leave on medium heat for an hour and a half or until meat is tender. Check constantly to see if you more water needs to be added.

4. About 20 minutes before removing from the fire, add the remaining wine, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste or chopped tomatoes and check for salt and black pepper . Try to leave with plenty of sauce. Serve with white rice, boiled yuca or plantains and or fried green plantains. Enjoy a delectable goat stew with authentic Dominican taste!

Notes:
a) The bitter oranges can be substituted for lemons, but I find the orange give this dish a better taste.

b) For a spicy goat stew add one to two chili peppers. Use with moderation because sometimes these peppers can be very spicy. Try not to make the stew too spicy to allow everyone in the family enjoy it. If you want a more subtle spicy, omit the chili peppers and add a little extra black pepper if you think it is needed after having verified in step four.


In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. ~ 1 Timothy 3:11.

Receta en Español: Chivo Guisado.

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