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Goat water in a casserole dish

Goat water

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Make our version of goat water, a stew made with goat meat that's the national dish of Montserrat. It's a direct reflection of the island's African and Irish ancestries

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
Nutrition: Per serving
low inkcal228
low infat6g


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 kg goat meat, cut into 5cm chunks
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or molasses
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp pimento
  • 2 tsp ground mace
  • a few thyme sprigs, plus more to serve
  • 1/2 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and crushed
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chilli, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped into 1½cm chunks
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp gravy browning
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp rum (optional)
  • bread, to serve
  • 1-2 tsp plain flour or cornflour


  • STEP 1

    Mix the lemon juice into a large bowl of water. Rinse the goat meat in the lemon water, then drain. Pat the goat meat dry with kitchen paper. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole dish set over a medium-high heat, then stir in the sugar and cook for a few minutes until golden and caramelised. Add the goat meat and cook, turning, until browned all over. Add 1 litre water, the spices and thyme, and bring to a boil, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface. Meanwhile blend the garlic, scotch bonnet, celery, peppers and onions in a food processor to make a coarse paste. Add to the goat along with the gravy browning and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 2-2½ hrs until the meat is very tender.

  • STEP 3

    Combine the cornflour with 50ml water, then add to the pan. Simmer for another 10 mins, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened slightly – it will be the consistency of single cream. Stir in the rum, then serve with more thyme scattered over and with bread on the side.

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