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Capretto with olive oil, tomato and smoked paprika

"For this dish I buy a whole kid and have it cut on the bone, which gives a great flavour," says Hafner. "I'm fussy about where I buy baby goat - you want them to be young yet well fattened-up, so go to a reliable butcher. Ask your butcher to cut the meat in large chunks and to cut along every second rib. Cut the neck into 2.5cm-thick pieces."

You'll need

2 large onions, finely chopped 50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 carrots, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 2 rosemary sprigs 3 fresh bay leaves 1 tbsp smoked paprika 400 gm canned tomatoes, coarsely chopped 500 ml dry Sherry 250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock Half a kid cut on the bone (about 5kg)


  • 01
  • Gently cook onions in olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until soft and light golden (15-20 minutes). Add garlic, carrots, celery and herbs and continue to cook the soffritto gently, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown (10-15 minutes; It’s important to cook this slowly and until golden brown because the caramelised soffrito is where the flavour is.). Add the paprika and stir for 1 minute, then add tomatoes and Sherry. Bring to the boil, add stock, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer over low heat for flavours to combine (15 minutes).
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 165C. Place goat in a deep, wide casserole dish and pour the sauce over. Drizzle a generous layer of extra-virgin olive oil on top, then cover dish with greaseproof paper and foil. Braise in oven for 1 hour, then remove foil and paper and cook until meat is falling off the bone and golden brown on top (1½-2 hours).

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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