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Tassot Cabrit or Fried Goat Meat Bits

Roasted Tassot de Cabrit or Goat Meat

Tasso Cabrit, Tasso Cabrit, or Haitian fried goat meat bits, is a popular dish in Haitian cuisine. It is made with goat meat that is marinated in a mixture of spices, including epis, a Haitian seasoning blend, and then fried until golden brown. Tassot Cabrit is often served with pikliz, (a Haitian condiment made with pickled vegetables), and fried plantains.

Tassot Cabrit is a delicious and versatile dish. It can be eaten alone or with a wonderful side dish, such as rice and beans. Tassot Cabrit is also a popular ingredient in Fritay, a popular Haitian Friday night street food dish comprising fried meats, Accra, plantains, and other fritters.

What is goat meat and its health benefits?

Goat meat is the meat of goats. It is a popular meat in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Goat meat is considered to be a healthy alternative to other red meats, such as beef and lamb because it is lower in saturated fat and calories.

Goat meat is a good source of protein, iron, vitamin B12, zinc, and potassium. It also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fatty acid that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties.

Health benefits of goat meat:

  • Promotes heart health: Goat meat is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can help to lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes: Goat meat contains chromium, a mineral that helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Eating goat meat regularly may help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Boosts immunity: Goat meat is a good source of iron and zinc, two essential minerals for a healthy immune system. Eating goat meat can help boost your immune system and fight infection.
  • Aids in weight loss: Goat meat is lean and low in fat and calories. Eating goat meat as part of a healthy diet can help you lose or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Improves digestion: Goat meat is easily digestible, making it a good choice for people with sensitive stomachs.

It is important to note that goat meat can be tough if cooked improperly. It is best to cook goat meat slowly and over low heat. Goat meat can be grilled, roasted, stewed, or braised.

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A few notes on buying goat meat

When buying goat meat, the preferred choice is fresh meat from a butcher. You may also want to buy Halal meat goat if you can. If not available, you can use frozen goat meat. Goat meat can be very fatty. The best way to enjoy Tassot de Cabrit is with a lean Goat’s Leg.

The price per pound for a leaner goat’s leg is usually higher than the regular meat. The better the goats are nourished, the better it is for us carnivores. The leaner the meat, the better you will feel for not wasting your money when the meat is sitting in a pot of fat. That is not appealing at all!

tassot de cabrit or fried goat meat

When purchasing goat meat, you need to make sure that the meat is not cut too small or too large. The pieces are usually 2 or 3 inches in size. Because of its strong odor and taste, the meat is cleaned with an acidic agent such as vinegar or sour orange for cooking. It is then seasoned for a few hours or overnight for flavor enhancement.

How to make Tassot Cabrit

Ingredients

  • Goat meat cubed: preferably from the leg section – the meat is more flavorful.
  • Sour orange juice: only use sour orange juice for cooking. You can use sour orange fruit as well.
  • Lime juice: fresh is always better when seasoning red meat.
  • Hot pepper, Habanero pepper, or use NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce to make cooking easier.
  • Salt: for seasoning the meat
  • Bouquet garni: A bouquet garni is a bundle of herbs, typically containing parsley, thyme, and bay leaves, that is used to flavor soups, stews, and other dishes. It is usually tied together with kitchen twine added to the pot during cooking and then removed before serving.
  • Parsley: fresh and for seasoning the meat.
  • Shallots: for seasoning and can be replaced with red onion.
  • Water: to help the meat cook.
  • Vegetable Oil: use only if frying the meat.

Instructions

  • Clean the meat and marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight with sour orange juice, lime juice, hot pepper, and salt. Add meat to a pot and let boil first without adding any water. When the water starts to decrease, add 1 cup of water with bouquet garni, and add more water when necessary. More water may be needed for the meat to be very tender.
  • Remove the meat from the cooking liquid and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry goat meat pieces. Do not overcrowd the pan when frying.
  • Serve with a sauce prepared with 1 cup of the cooking liquid, chopped parsley, shallots, and additional chopped hot pepper. Serve hot.
  • If roasting in the oven, place pieces into a baking dish and roast until meat is golden brown. It may take about 20 to 25 minutes. Drizzle meat with a little olive oil if necessary, and fresh lemon juice before roasting. If roasting on a fire grill, drizzle or brush with oil first.
Roasted Tassot de Cabrit or Goat Meat

Notes and Tips:

  • For a more flavorful Tassot Cabrit, marinate the goat meat for longer.
  • If you don’t have epis seasoning, you can make your own by combining equal parts dried oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • To make Tassot Cabrit even crispier, double-fry the meat. After the meat is cooked, please remove it from the skillet and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate. Then, return the meat to the skillet and cook over high heat until golden brown and crispy.
  • A goat leg or Gigot is usually used to make this recipe.

There are many reasons why you might want to make Tassot Cabrit, or Haitian fried goat meat bits. Here are a few:

  • It is a delicious and flavorful dish. Goat meat has a unique taste that is complemented by the spices in the marinade.
  • It is a versatile dish. Tassot Cabrit can be eaten on its own, or it can be used as a topping for other dishes, such as rice and beans or Fritay.
  • It is a relatively easy dish to make. The recipe is simple and straightforward, and the ingredients are readily available.
  • It is a healthy dish. Goat meat is a good source of protein and other nutrients. Roast it in the oven for a healthier dish.

In addition to these general reasons, there are also some specific reasons why you might want to make Tassot Cabrit. For example, it is a popular dish to serve at Haitian celebrations and gatherings. It is also a good dish to make if you are looking for a hearty and satisfying meal.

No matter what your reason for making Tassot Cabrit, I am sure you will enjoy this delicious and flavorful Haitian dish.

Enjoy this dish with Pikliz (Hot Pepper Mixture). You can also use Noubess Hot and Spicy Herbs to season or use as a dipping sauce.

Roasted Tassot de Cabrit or Goat Meat

Tassot de Cabrit or Fried Goat Meat

Tassot de Cabrit, a delicious, authentic and original dish from Haiti, prepared with tons of spices and then fried or roasted. Served with Pikliz.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6
Calories 1274 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lb goat meat cubed
  • ½ cup sour orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper Habanero preferably
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 bouquet garni Thyme and Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 2 shallots chopped finely
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups oil if frying only

Instructions
 

  • Clean the meat and marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight with sour orange juice, lime juice, hot pepper, and salt. Add meat to a pot and let boil first without adding any water. When the water starts to decrease, add 1 cup of water with bouquet garni, and add more water when necessary. More water may be needed for the meat to be very tender.
  • Remove the meat from the cooking liquid and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry goat meat pieces. Do not overcrowd the pan when frying.
  • Serve with a sauce prepared with 1 cup of the cooking liquid, chopped parsley, shallots, and additional chopped hot pepper. Serve hot.
  • If roasting in the oven, place pieces into a baking dish and roast until meat is golden brown. It may take about 20 to 25 minutes. Drizzle meat with a little olive oil if necessary, and fresh lemon juice before roasting. If roasting on a fire grill, drizzle or brush with oil first.

Notes

Use Noubess Hot and Spicy Herbs Sauce for seasoning or dipping sauce. 
  • For a more flavorful Tassot Cabrit, marinate the goat meat for longer.
  • If you don’t have epis seasoning, you can make your own by combining equal parts dried oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • To make Tassot Cabrit even crispier, double-fry the meat. After the meat is cooked, please remove it from the skillet and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate. Then, return the meat to the skillet and cook over high heat until golden brown and crispy.
  • A goat leg or Gigot is usually used to make this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 1274kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 45gFat: 120gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 32gMonounsaturated Fat: 75gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1890mgPotassium: 913mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 387IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 8mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Originally published on April 16, 2013. Revised and updated.

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