The thing I really love about Greek cuisine is that it is the epitome of simple and seasonal eating. You will rarely find a good cook that will make a Greek salad in the middle of winter when tomatoes aren't in season...simply because they are so expensive and are out of season!
My parents and mother in law were all born on the mainland while my father in law was born on the island of Crete with is magical food and cuisine which is simply next level! I don't know what it is about the soil or about the quality of the produce but everything just tastes so good there. All of Greece has wonderful figs for example but the ones in Crete are just that much more tasty than those on the mainland.
There are even certain cheeses that are only found on the island, produced by allowing the goats to munch on the wild herbs that grow so plentifully around the mountains before they are milked and then that milk turned into cheese. One is called anthotyro and it is without a doubt my favourite cheese in the world.
As you can see I can go on and on about the produce itself before even starting to talk about the Cretans themselves. To say they are passionate foodies would be an understatement. Food is viewed as not just a means to an end but rather a tool for nurturing warmth and family. They also very much make the simple into something extraordinary...and that's where this dish comes in.
The first time I tried this slow cooked goat in Crete I was blown away by the depth of flavour in the dish and was astounded that it consisted of merely a handful of ingredients. I then cooked it up and served it at my son's birthday dinner where over a dozen of us were going for seconds and thirds and fourths, mopping up that glorious salsa with warm crunchy bread.
Don't be put off by buying and cooking goat - it is very lean, low in fat and best suited to slow cooking methods such as this.
Reflective of the simplicity of Cretan cooking, I hope you give it a go.
As always, please tag me in your socials if you do make it so I can see your creations or feel free to leave a comment below !
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours