Goat Tartare with Crab Salad, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Cajeta


Courtesy of Chef Andrew Francisco

The goat loin and tenderloin are the best cuts for tartare because of their natural tenderness and absence of interior connective tissue. Like any other red meat, goat will oxidize, so dice the meat at the end of preparation, and keep it well wrapped to minimize oxygen exposure. Windy Hill's goat meat is uniquely sweet and clean tasting. Keep in mind that the raw goat meat should be the majority of the dish. Make the cajeta in advance and serve at room temperature—I use Rick Bayless's recipe. It works every time.

Special equipment needed: ring mold for serving

Fairly difficult

Goat Tartare with Crab Salad, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Cajeta


For 4 Person(s)


  • For the cajeta:
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 8 cups goat’s milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • For the goat:
  • 10 ounces Windy Hill Organics goat loin or tenderloin
  • 8 extra-virgin olive oil (grassy- or peppery-tasting)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the crab salad:
  • 4 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat (picked through for shells)
  • 4 tablespoons aioli or mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 green onions, tops trimmed, sliced very thinly
  • 4 teaspoons minced chives
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 pinches cayenne pepper
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the Brussels sprouts:
  • 8 Brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cups olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Goat Tartare with Crab Salad, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Cajeta Directions

  1. For the cajeta: Split the vanilla bean in half and, using the back of a knife, scrape the seeds away from the pod halves
  2.  Add the seeds, the pod halves, the goat’s milk, sugar and vanilla to a pot. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Add the baking soda—be careful; it will bubble. Place the pot back on the heat and simmer until it reaches a deep golden-brown caramel color.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois and let cool to room temperature. (Refrigerate any leftover cajeta for other uses—it tastes good on absolutely everything!)
  4. Chill four small plates.
  5. Carefully remove any connective tissue from the goat meat and discard. Wrap the meat tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, gently mix all of the crab salad ingredients together and reserve in the refrigerator.
  7. Clean any bruised leaves from the Brussels sprouts and trim the bottoms. Gently remove the first layer of leaves from each and reserve. Quarter the sprouts. In a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the leaves for a few seconds then place them in ice water to shock (stop the cooking). Dry the leaves on a towel.
  8. Blanch the quartered sprouts for 1 minute, until still firm in the center, then shock in ice water. Drain and dry.
  9. Remove the goat meat from the refrigerator, dice finely with a sharp knife and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator.
  10. Heat the olive oil for the Brussels sprouts to the smoking point in a small sauté pan, add the sprouts, one by one, and caramelize the interior of the vegetable. Season with kosher salt.
  11. Remove the meat from the refrigerator and season with the olive oil, salt and pepper. 
  12. Spoon the cajeta onto the chilled plates. Using the ring mold, place a quarter of the goat tartare on each plate then place a dollop of crab salad on top. Place the caramelized Brussels sprouts around each plate and garnish with blanched Brussels sprout leaves. Serve with crostini, crackers, chips or bread.

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