No Bars, Restaurants or Owambe parties are complete without the taste of some very spicy, delicious food. Asun which simply means “smoked” in Yoruba language is a spicy bite sized appetizer made from smoked/grilled or roasted goat meat. It’s usually served mixed with pounded or ground pepper and can be classified alongside other finger foods. The wonderful thing about this meal is that you no longer have to wait till it’s night to get to bars, or wait for Owambes to enjoy the delicious taste of Asun. You can make Asun at the comfort of your home, here is a recipe and preparation technique to show you how.
- 1 pound of Goat Meat
- 7 Pieces of Ata Rodo (Scotch Bonnet Pepper)
- Green Pepper (Usually not the traditional pepper, more for spicing)
- 2 Pieces of Black Pepper
- 2 Knorr Seasoning Cubes
- 2 Medium sized Onions
- 5 Cloves of Garlic
- Salt to taste.
- Cut the goat meat into big chunks. Make sure you cut the chunks with the goat skin, because the skin secures all that traditional taste.
- Wash and put the goat meat chunks in a bowl.
- Add thyme and black pepper; add the stock cubes. Feel free to add other spices and ingredients that the meat.
- Mix the spices and goat meat by gently rubbing with your hands.
- Cover the bowl with a thin film. Put in the fridge and leave to soak in the mixture for about an hour.
- Leaving it to soak is totally optional.
- Pound or slice the ata rodo (scotch bonnet) and set aside.
- Cut 1 onion into 4 big chunks.
Method of Preparation
- After soaking and leaving the goat meat overnight, Start to cook on your stove or gas cooker, or you can put the meat in a pressure cooker to boil faster.
- Pour water to just half of the level of the goat meat, add the big chunks of onion and start cooking at medium heat.
- When the goat meat is well done, remove the big chunks of onions and add salt to taste.
- Increase the heat and stir constantly till all the remaining liquid in the pot is absorbed. You don’t want to lose any flavor by pouring away the goat meat stock.
- Grill/broil in the oven at 180°C or 350°F till the meat is brown all over. You will need to turn them from time to time to avoid drying out. This takes a maximum of 15 minutes.
- While you are grilling the meat, wash, cut and thread the green bell pepper, red bell pepper and the remaining onion on toothpicks.
- When the meat is well grilled heat the vegetable oil in a dry clean pot.
- Add the grilled goat meat.
- Stir very well till the pepper is evenly distributed on the goat meat. The vegetable oil ensures that this happens and gives the asun a nice glow.
- Serve with the threaded vegetables.