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Goat traditional italian stew (Sicilian recipe)

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by Ada Parisi
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Capretto in umido con patate alla siciliana

How to prepare Sicilian-style stewed kid

Sicilian stewed kid, traditional Sicilian Easter recipe, a must during Easter and beyond. I will not go into the custom of eating kid and lamb at Easter. I think it is a problem that concerns the personal feeling and that each answer only to himself. As a Sicilian who has a recipe site (have a look at all my SICILIAN RECIPES) however i can't not publish for easter one of the most traditional dishes on my island. The Stewed Kid, that in Sicily is called “capretto agglassato” or “aggrasciato”. In Sicily, the little goat is much more used than lamb: you can prepare goat stewed, grilled or BAKED WITH ONIONS. And in the same ways, following the same recipes, you can prepare the lamb. If you don't want to prepare lamb, You can also try the SICILIAN-STYLE LACERTO AGGLAZED, Simple and really tasty.

Lamb and kid, Easter tradition

That of eat kid or lamb for Easter and Christmas is, at least in southern Italy, a strong tradition. My family is no exception, too, and, when I lived in Sicily, the appointment with the goat was one of those moments not to be missed. Between our most beloved recipes there were: that of roast kid, with onions and rosemary, preferred by my brother. And that of the stewed kid, baked in a pan. With tasty sauce for seasoning spaghetti. My favorite recipe. If you want to delve deeper into the topic, read my article on LAMB AND KID: DIFFERENCES AND 10 WAYS TO COOK THEM.

The recipe for stewed goat is simple. The main ingredient is patience, given the rather long cooking times. And the Perfect side dish are, in my opinion, baked potatoes. In Palermo, but also in Messina, the potatoes are, browned separately in olive oil, and are added after cooking the goat. But I prefer to cook them thoroughly and serve together with the kid. This is because the potatoes still tend to disintegrate and become soft, while I like them more compact and crisp.

Obviously, Don't forget to Use stewed kid sauce to season pasta. Add a bit of butter, black pepper and grated Parmesan cheese, and you'll see that delicate flavor that will have your spaghetti. Have a good day!

Capretto in umido con patate alla siciliana

KID IN WET TO SICILY (kid aggrassato)

Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 4.5/5
( 4 voted )


2 kilos of goat or lamb meat cut into pieces

2 large yellow onions

2 cloves of garlic

fresh parsley, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

extra virgin olive oil, to taste

300 ml dry white wine



To prepare stewed goat Sicilian style you must first wash the meat rubbing it with coarse salt, then dab the meat with the absorbent paper so that it is dry.

Grate onions or chop finely. Put the extra virgin olive oil in a large pan and brown over medium heat all the pieces of kid, turning them from time to time, until they are evenly golden.

I recommend, saute a few pieces of goat meat at a time: the meat should not be superimposed on other meat. As you brown the lamb, salt it from both sides. Once golden, set aside.

When you have browned all the lamb, put the grated onion in the oil, garlic and a few tablespoons of hot water and cook the onion until it is withered and has taken on an amber color.

Add the lamb pieces, putting the bottom of the pan, the one in contact with the bottom, the pieces more fleshy and over the ribs. Add a little more salt and blend with the white wine.

Finely chop the parsley and add half the kid. Cook the goat or lamb meat for two hours at low heat (I put it on the smallest fire, one where I prepare the coffee, set to the minimum) or until the meat is so tender as to be off from the bones.

When cooked, add a little fresh ground black pepper and the rest of the chopped parsley. Serve stewed goat Sicilian style with potatoes cooked in the oven with salt, pepper and rosemary and enjoy your meal!


ADVICE: Do not forget to use the sauce of stewed kid on pasta. In Sicily in juices "agglassata", whether it kid, lamb or beef, It's much appreciated: you can use it as is, or add a bit 'of butter or cream, if you want to get a creamier sauce.

THE ALTERNATIVE: If you prefer, you can fry the potatoes in a pan, so that they are well golden, bake for 10-15 minutes and then add them to the kid in the last 10 minutes of cooking. In this way, the potatoes will lose a bit 'of consistency, but it will impregnate the taste and kid sauce. The choice is yours.

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john rinaldi February 20, 2022 - 09:41

Hello, I'm cooking it now and I add a little flour and peas to devour the creamiest sauce.
Done at messinaissima (to the Buddhas)

Ada Parisi 21 February 2022 - 09:45

Hello! Even my grandmother sometimes did it with peas. I like it but it becomes a bit’ too sweet the sauce, I do it too but only if I do not have to season then the pasta with the sauce! A warm greeting!

Nichina, New 13 April 2020 - 13:32

I too am from the same province as your birth, Messina

Ada Parisi 13 April 2020 - 18:02

Then happy Easter, Where are you from? I Messina City

Joseph 7 April 2020 - 18:02

Hi Ada, please explain a little’ the reason to rub the meat with salt? To eliminate the game flavor? Thanks for the excellent recipe and happy Easter!!

Ada Parisi 7 April 2020 - 18:05

Exact, to remove any taste if possible’ strong. In ancient times it was also used to disinfect the meat that came from the shepherds, today of course they are controlled supply chains and it is no longer necessary. A warm greeting, ADA

elisabetta corbetta 5 April 2019 - 07:59

Very Sicily
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 5 April 2019 - 17:28



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