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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Move Over Chicken, Goat is the New Lean Cuisine

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 may be the year of the rooster, but goat is predicted to dominate the dinner table. The U.S. is now catching up with the rest of the world when it come to this delicious protein staple.

When I was in primary school, (many moons ago), we had a guest restaurant come in and cook for us. They made goat stew. There were a lot of kids that skipped lunch that day and out of those that ate it, there was only one who went back for seconds...yep, you guessed it, it was me.

I've always enjoyed trying new foods and perhaps it was then that I realized I was a future "foodie". The goat stew was amazing. The meat was tender, the potatoes and vegetables adding just the right notes of flavor and texture. It was delicious! So, imagine how excited I am that it's finally trending for the new year.

And why not? Many other countries already utilize this versatile, lean red meat. Its low in fat, cholesterol, and calories. Goat meat actually has less calories than boneless, skinless chicken breast per serving. It has a mild flavor and pairs well with most cuisine.

With the popularity of goat milk and cheeses and the increasing focus on less waste, goat is poised to be the go-to protein at dinner tables across the country. Restaurants are already serving many goat dishes to stay ahead of the trend and have created some absolutely stunning dishes along the way.

Goat can be roasted in the same way that you roast lamb and it can also be stewed, barbequed, and fried. The key is to cook it low and slow. Its such a lean meat that high temperature cooking will cause it to dry out and rob it of its flavor.

Expect to see goat meat selections popping up in stores soon, but for now, your best bet is farmer's markets and local co-op.

Do you or have you ever eaten goat? Would you? What do you think of this new trend? For info on other food trends for 2017, check these out : and

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