Yes, goat. I love goats. I think they are adorable. And normally I would not eat one. However, we saw these goat loin chops at the farmers market and Edgar was dying to try them.
We looked up a few recipes and cooking methods and decided to jump in. Let me first clarify...since these are from the farmers market, we know exactly where they came from, we know they were grass-fed, pasture-raised, humanely treated animals so our semi-vegetarian consciences were not disturbed. We decided to marinate them in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper for a couple hours. Goat is a fairly lean meat so you have to be careful how you treat it. Then we pan-fried them for several minutes on each side until almost blackened. They ended up being a little rare in the center but mostly they were cooked very nicely with a little pink throughout.
If you've never had goat, you might be a little wary. But if you like steak, you'll like goat. These goat chops looked and tasted very similar to steak. Very juicy and savory. We served it with a little cheesy polenta on the side. Mashed potatoes or some nice greens would also be nice on the side. Next time I think we'll try to opt for a thinner cut and without the bone though...just a personal preference. If you're feeling adventurous, head to the farmers market (the Leesburg one stays open through the winter!!) and look for some goat!