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Bobotie

Bobotie is a well-known South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping.

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Minced lamb or beef, or a mixture of the two
  • Butter, vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) crushed garlic
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) curry powder
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground turmeric
  • 2 slices bread, crumbled
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt, milled black pepper
  • 100 g (3 ounces) dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 50 g (1 1/2 ounces) slivered almonds, roasted in a dry frying pan
  • 6 lemon, orange, or bay leaves

Topping

  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt


Preparation

Set the oven at 160°C (325°F). Butter a large casserole. Heat butter and oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic until translucent. Stir in the curry powder and turmeric, and cook briefly until fragrant. Remove the pot from the heat.

Mix in the minced meat. Mix together the crumbs, milk, lemon rind and juice, egg, salt, pepper, apricots, apple, sultanas (golden raisins) and almonds and mix in. Pile into the casserole and level the top. Roll up the leaves and bury them at regular intervals. Seal with foil and bake for 1 1/4 hours. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F). Mix together the topping milk, eggs and salt (you may require extra topping if you've used a very large casserole), pour over and bake uncovered for a further 15 minutes until cooked and lightly browned. Serve with Yellow Rice and Blatjang (spicy apricot chutney).

 
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