Monday, May 16, 2016

South African Bobotie

1 slice white bread
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp butter
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 lemon, juiced & zested
1/4 cup raisins, soaked in a little warm water
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 spoonful mango chutney (apricot jam may be substituted)
salt & pepper

For the topping
milk (from soaking bread)
2 eggs
1/4 tsp turmeric
bay leaves

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Soak the bread in milk. Set it aside. Meanwhile, fry onion, ginger and garlic in butter until softened and beginning to brown.
  3. Continue adding ingredients to the pan — or, treat it like meatloaf: in a large bowl, mix beef, curry, lemon juice, zest, raisins, almonds, chutney, salt, pepper, and the soaked bread (squeeze out and reserve the milk). Add in the cooled onion mixture. Combine well.
  4. Fry mixture in a hot pan, adding butter as needed. Adjust seasonings to taste. 
  5. Once happy with the flavor, prepare the custard. Whisk the eggs into the reserved milk with a bit of turmeric, salt,and pepper. Pour over the meat mixture.
  6. Dot with bay leaves and bake about 20 minutes, or until the egg is set. Let cool for about 15 minutes, then slice and serve with yellow rice.
Notes: Certainly different than most recipes we've tried, but I found it interesting, refreshing, and tasty. The kids didn't care for it as much, probably because we don't often serve them meals that include cooked raisins and almonds and it was different. My great great grandfather was born in South Africa so it is interesting to think that he might have eaten something like this.

Source: Global Table Adventure. (I've enjoyed every recipe we've tried from this cite so far, and they are interesting!) 

1 comment:

  1. South African Bobotie seems mouth watering. My kids will gonna love this dish. I wish surely make it on the coming Sunday for my family.