This Cretan Goat Casserole is one of the favorite dishes in Crete and it is delicious. Goats in Crete are fed with herbs and natural greens. The meat gets cooked much faster than most other meats. The combination of goat with artichoke in season, staka (watch the video to see what staka is and how it is made) and lemon will give you an unforgettable flavor, fresh and delicious.

Ingredients for the Cretan Goat Casserole:

3kilos goat’s meat cut to portion pieces on the bone

1cups Olive oil

2 white onions diced

1 bottle of white wine

9 artichokes cleaned to resemble small cups and kept in water with lemon juice

2cups crème fresh

2cups staka (almost like a cottage cheese, soon will make the video of how it’s made)


Salt and pepper

Juice from 2 lemons


Start the Cretan Goat Casserole by pouring the olive oil in the casserole and heat it up

oil and onions

Add the onions

Spread the meat over the onions and the hot oil, sauté all together

Goat in junks

Add the wine and put the lid on. Cook for about 40 minutes

white wine

Mix the crème fresh with the staka

artichoke stuffing

Take the artichokes from the water and drain, sprinkle salt all over the artichoke


Spoon the crème mixture in the artichokes

stuff the artichokes

Place the artichokes carefully in between the meat pieces in the casserole. Add a little water and simmer until the meat is cooked.

artichokes in the pot

In another bowl mix again ½ a cup each crème fresh and staka and add lemon juice to dilute it.

base for sauce

Spoon the lemon crème in the casserole and with your hands you tilt and twist the pot to mix the crème in the food without stirring.

add the base

Adjust salt, pepper and lemon juice to your preference, sprinkle with oregano and enjoy!!!

tilt and stir

Recipe from Gogo Garefalaki (Sitia-Crete)

watch the video recipe here