Goat, Sweet potato puree, Honey brown mushrooms and Blueberry jus

Kris: It’s sadly close to the end of blueberry season, so I thought I would do an interesting dinner using one of my favourite seasonal berries. I love to eat them as is, by the handful of course and they are also great in desserts. But how about a blueberry and pepper jus?

(Note George- he’s the photo stylist making sure the blueberries look purrrrfect)

Kris: I grabbed the organic blueberries from the farmers market. I also found some zucchini flowers, sweet potato and  Huon  Valley honey brown mushrooms. Thanks also to Stu Addison for the goat back strap, which is sourced from Bruny Island. You can taste his amazing slow cooked goat at the Captain Bligh’s Cider stall at MOMA, the markets at MONA, held every Saturday.

Goat, Sweet potato puree, Honey brown mushrooms and Blueberry jus

(serves 4)

4 goat back straps

3 cloves garlic

3-4 sprigs fresh thyme

olive oil

1 large sweet potato

80g butter

80ml butter

6-8 honey brown mushrooms

4 zucchini flowers

goats fetta

2 pieces preserved lemon

3 cups beef stock

1/2 tsp gelatine

1/2 punnet blueberries

fresh raspberries (for garnish)

chives (for garnish)

nasturtium flowers (for garnish)

cracked pepper and sea salt

I used the sous-vide (soo-vee) method to slow cook the goat back strap for 4 hours before quickly pan frying, resting and serving. Essentially it is a method of slow cooking for long periods of time. If you don’t have a method of sealing bags (e.g., cryovac) it is not totally necessary. Just marinate and leave for at least 2 hours, cook to medium rare and allow to rest before serving.

Marinate the goat in garlic, olive oil and thyme

Cover and allow to marinade for at least 2 hours

Place the beef stock and gelatine in a saucepan and simmer for about an hour

Add lots of cracked pepper and the blueberries

Continue to simmer until rich and thick

I have discussed making beef stock and jus in the past, this is just a simpler way of  making jus if you are short on time

Peel the sweet potato and steam until tender

Drain the sweet potato

Add the butter to the sweet potato

Using a hand blender or food processor blend until smooth

Season with salt and pepper

Pre heat a griddle pan and a frying pan

Fry the mushrooms in some olive oil and season with salt and pepper

Stuff the zucchini flowers with some finely diced preserved lemon and goat fetta

When the griddle pan is at smoking point, start cooking the goat straps (a few minutes each side)

At the end quickly fry the zucchini flowers

Remove the goat, season with salt and pepper and allow to rest for a few minutes

Plating Up 

Place some of the sweet potato puree on the plate

Place the mushrooms on top of the puree

Slice the goat pieces long ways and place on the plate

Strain and pour over the jus

Place the zucchini flower on the plate

Garnish with a nasturtium flower, a few raspberries and some chives

Kris: We tried the Ranga Red Ale with the dish. I wasn’t too impressed with this beer, it had really poor head retention and was a bit over carbonated. It was light bodied with sweet maltiness and minimal hop bitterness. It did work well with the dish, mainly the light body and carbonation cut through the richness of the sauce.

Beer Braised Goat Shanks with Seven Sheds Kentish Ale

Kris: We are lucky to live nearby to the Tas Farm Gate Market, which is held every Sunday in the car park on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Streets, Hobart. The produce at this time of year is amazing. It has still been mild at night (even though it’s Summer), so we thought some slow cooked goat shanks and roasted root vegetables would be an ideal dish to cook.
We found some Boer goat shanks, heirloom carrots, new season garlic and button squash. Our potatoes have been really productive, so we thought we should use some fresh from the garden. We also bought some really fresh strawberries and raspberries to enjoy after dinner.

Beer Braised Goat Shanks and Roasted Vegetables

(serves 2)

2 goat shanks

3 heads of garlic

1 large brown onion

fresh thyme

fresh oregano

375ml Seven Sheds Kentish Ale

2 tomatoes

1 cup beef stock

3 potatoes

6-8 button squash

6-8 baby carrots

olive oil 

salt and pepper


Thinly slice the brown onion

Fry the onion, thyme and oregano in some olive oil until soft

Dice the tomatoes and place in the saucepan

Add the goat shanks and seal for a few minutes

Add the beer and beef stock

Place on a low heat and simmer for 2 hours

An hour into cooking the shanks, wash and quarter the potatoes

Wash the carrots and toss them in olive oil with the potatoes, garlic, button squash

Roast in a pre-heated oven for 45-60 minutes until golden

Season the vegetables with salt and pepper

Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste

Serve the goat shank on a pile of vegetables and spoon over some sauce

Kris: We matched this dish with the Seven Sheds Kentish Ale. The sweet malt complimented the sauce and the sweetness of the goat. I think a Dark Lager would be a great match also. The meat was really tender and just fell off the bone. A perfect dinner for a mild Tasmanian night.

Caroline: The goat was really tender and sweet and the Kentish Ale was a perfect match. They were both earthy and sweet, delicious!
(PS  Kentish ales are traditionally made in Kent, South East England. Outside of Kent, the term Kentish ale is typically applied to a pale ale with low hops levels and rich, malty sweetness).

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