Every time I make this, I get rave reviews. Feisty goat meat paired with calming avocado and rice, the ultimate enabler, makes for a very charming finger food concept. If you have ever wanted to celebrate the evolution of Nigerian food, this one is for you.
1 kg goat meat, de-boned
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 small tomato
3 tatase peppers (or red bell peppers)
3 scotch bonnet peppers
Stock cube (optional)
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 Avocado, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked sushi rice
7 sheets nori (that’s the seaweed paper that sushi gets wrapped in)
- Wash the goat meat, cut it into cubes, discarding all the creepy bits, and place in a pot.
- Add one of the onions, a couple teaspoons of salt, the bay leaf, and dried thyme. Boil until the goat is very tender, then remove from the heat. If you have a pressure cooker, use it, it is quicker! Set the goat aside once cooked.
- While the goat is cooking, blend the remaining onion, the scotch bonnets, and the tatase in a blender or food processor with a tiny bit of water to help it move around, but try not to water it down.
- Next, heat the oil in a frying pan, and then pour in the blended onion and pepper mixture.
- Season with salt and let this mixture fry until a delicious sauce is formed. Add a splash of the goat stock to loosen and add further flavour. Cook this until the flavours meld and then take off the heat.
- Now take the goat meat cubes out of the stock, and place it in a bowl.
- Pour over the delicious pepper sauce and mix well.
- If you are in need of asun, then you can enjoy and serve it just like this, however, if you are keen to make these delicious rolls then get two forks and begin to pull the saucy goat meat cubes apart into fine shreds. This is to make it easier to roll in the nori.
- Place 1 sheet of nori on your sushi mat and then place a small amount of the sushi rice down one side. Wetting your fingers before you handle the rice helps it not to stick as much to your fingers.
- On top of the rice, place a line of avocado strips and then a line of the spicy pulled goat meat.
- Using your mat, roll the nori gently but firmly and when you get to the end, use water to glue down the end of the nori. Slice the roll and serve.