KFB Foodie Talk: How to make Asun – Spiced Goat meat

For our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and ‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).

Today, she discusses the spiced Goat Meat! 

a popular favorite in the western part of Nigeria is one sure
attraction you can’t miss at parties especially in the small chops
section. Asun which simply means “smoked” in yoruba language is a spicy
bite sized appetizer made from smoked/grilled or roasted goat meat. It’s
usually served mixed with pounded or ground pepper and can be
classified alongside other finger foods. what more can i say…here’s
how to make it at home. 

How to make Asun – Spiced Goat meat

• Cook time: Over an hour
• Region:      Western Nigeria
• Category:   Appetizers
• 1 Pound Goat Meat (With the skin)
• 7 Scotch Bonnet Pepper “Ata Rodo”
• 3 Green bell pepper (Traditionally not added but these days it is)
• 2 seasoning cubes
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 medium sized Onion
• 5 cloves Garlic
• Salt to taste
Step 1: Pound
or Blend about 4 scotch bonnet pepper and 1 onion together into a
smooth paste. Chop the remaining scotch bonnet and onion and green
pepper together, then set aside. Typically when the pepper is pounded,
you’d still see the seeds. 
Step 2: 
Grill/Oven method
the washed goat Goat meat in a bowl. Add salt to taste, garlic, scotch
bonnet pepper and onion blend with crushed seasoning cube. Mix to
combine then place in the fridge. Leave to stand overnight. Place the
marinated goat meat on a pre-heated grilling rack. Brush some vegetable
oil over it and leave to grill while turning it constantly. If you don’t
have a grill, you can also use an oven. Pre-heat the oven, Grease a pan
with vegetable oil and place the goat meat from the night before in the
pan and place in oven for 45-50 minutes.
Boiling Method
the goat meat and place in a pot. Add salt to taste, garlic, scotch
bonnet pepper and onion blend with crushed seasoning cube. Add a little
water then leave to cook for about 25 minutes making sure all the stock
is absorbed. Transfer the cooked meat to a grill, brush some oil over it
and leave to grill further on both sides while turning it constantly.
This is to ensure it’s well cooked and dries up.
Step 3: Check to see if goat meat is soft then take it out and chop into smaller bite sizes with a knife.
Step 4:
Pour the remaining oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped scotch bonnet,
onion and green pepper that was set aside, leave to fry for about 1
minute. Add the chopped spiced goat meat into the pan. you can sprinkle
extra seasoning and salt to taste if necessary. Toss everything together
and stir-fry till it drys up.
Your Asun is ready. Turn off the burner and serve alone as an appetizer or as a side with rice, boiled/roasted plantain or yam.
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