Anatolian style kid goat loin with aubergine mash

Hünkar Beğendi - Anatolian style cabrito kid goat meat loin with aubergine mash recipeA royal dish worthy of a special occasion. This East Mediterranean time honoured dish is made with the finest meat and spices.  The aubergine mash is delightfully rich and creamy and the meat is vibrant with bold flavours and spices.  The two together make up a dish fit for a Sultan.

Ingredients

Marinade:
600g of loin of kid goat
8 juniper berries
6 cloves
1 droplet of gum mastic
½  teaspoon of sweet paprika
½ teaspoon of chilli

600g of aubergines (or 3 medium sized ones)

120g of green peppers, diced
120g of onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
150ml of white wine
700g of beefsteak tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
100ml of water

120g of Kashkaval cheese, grated (or use Gouda or mild cheddar)
250ml of milk
70g of butter
30g of plain flour
¼ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

100ml of olive oil
Half a lemon
Salt and pepper
10 walnut pieces
1 tablespoon of parsley

Directions

  1. In a pestle and mortar pound the juniper berries, cloves and gum mastic and empty into a big bowl along with the chilli and paprika.
  2. Cut the meat into chunks about 3 cm. Place in the bowl with the spices. Pour 100ml of olive oil, stir, cover and place in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 220◦C / 425F / Gas 7
  4. Wash the aubergines and pierce skin all over. Place on a foil covered oven tray and cook in the oven for 45 minutes or until very soft.
  5. Take the meat out of the fridge and bring to room temperature.
  6. In a heavy bottom pan heat 20g of butter and a couple of tablespoons of the olive oil from the marinade. Fry and seal the meat in batches, allow to rest on some kitchen towel.
  7. Remove most of the fat from the pan
  8. Fry the onions, peppers, garlic with the cinnamon on a low flame until they are soft but not coloured.
  9. Pour the wine into the onion mixture and reduce the liquid volume by a third.  Stir in the tomato paste, water and tomatoes. Cook for 20 minutes with the lid on stirring occasionally.
  10. Place the meat in with the tomato mixture, season with salt and pepper, cook with the lid on for 50 minutes and then the lid off for 10 minutes.
  11. While the meat is cooking make a béchamel sauce by cooking the flour in 50g of butter. Pour the milk in while stirring continuously until it thickens. Stir in the cheese and nutmeg.
  12. Spoon the flesh of the cooked aubergines on to a board and roughly chop. Place into the béchamel and stir well. Squeeze some lemon juice in and adjust seasoning to taste.
  13. Serve warm with the kid, a sprinkling of parsley and some walnuts.