News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 30, 2015: As the festive season continues, Caribbean chefs and cooks are now preparing for their New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Parties and Balls! They are determined to buy the freshest ingredients for their dishes.Their guests must be treated with best foods and everyone should have a good time!
The menu for my New Year’s Eve Party is as follows:
Jamaican Pepper Shrimp
Jerk Chicken wings
Mini Ackee and Salt Fish Pizza
Mango Pineapple Salad
Honey Baked Ham
Roasted leg of Goat /carrots / Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and celery
Red Rice & Peas
Stream String beans with pickled Beets
Creamery Cornmeal cheese soufflé
Blue Draws/ Caribbean Black Cake
Here is my recipe for Oven Roasted leg of Goat
1 ( 4 -5 pound) leg of goat
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 ounces button mushrooms
2 small onions, quartered
4 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 large Carrots sliced
4 stalks of Celery diced
8 Brussel sprouts
1/4 cup soya sauce
1 cup red wine
1 cup low-sodium beef stock
1/4 cup of flour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Season the Goat leg with salt and pepper, crushed garlic and Soya Sauce to taste.
Heat 2 tablespoons the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the meat and sear on all sides.
Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery, Brussel Sprouts and onions to a bowl and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss. Add to the skillet around the roast. Cover
Put the skillet in the oven and roast until fork tender.
Remove the roast from the oven to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the carrots, celery, brussel sprouts, onions and mushrooms from the skillet.
While the goat leg is resting, prepare the gravy.
Put the skillet on low heat. Add the wine and stock, while scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Whisk in the flour until the sauce is thickened and smooth.
Slice the beef into very thin slices. Transfer to a platter and serve with the carrots, celery, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and onions and gravy.
Bon Appetite and a prosperous and Happy New Year!
EDITOR’S NOTE: Minna LaFortune is a trained Caribbean caterer and also president, Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora (SACD). Check out her food group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/bestfoodscaribbean/