161 South Africa – Bobotie

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This dish was familiar, but not. It’s comfort food for sure. From where I come from, this is a casserole, something you would have at a potluck dinner, but this was much better. This dish has a depth of flavor that far exceeded my potluck expectations, I am hoping you give it a try.


1 fairly thick slice crustless bread (white or brown)

375 ml / 1 1/2 cup milk, heavy

25 ml / 5 tsp. oil

10ml / 2 tsp. butter

2 onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

25 ml / 5 tsp. curry powder

10ml / 2 tsp. salt

25ml / 5 tsp. chutney (purchase this ready made)

15ml / 1 Tbsp. smooth apricot jam

15ml / 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

5ml / 1 tsp. turmeric

25ml / 5 tsp. brown vinegar

1 kg / 2.2 lbs. raw mince (ground beef)

100 ml / 1/2 cup sultanas (don’t replace with raisins – they are too sweet; sultanas are much better for this recipe)

3 eggs

pinch each salt and turmeric

bay leaves

Cooking method

1. Soak bread in milk. Heat oil and butter in large pan and fry onions and garlic.

2. When onions are soft, add curry powder, salt, chutney, jam, Worcester sauce, turmeric and vinegar and mix well.

3. Drain and mash bread and reserve milk for later. Add bread to pan together with mince and sultanas.

4. Cook over low heat, stirring, and when meat loses its pinkness, remove from stove. Add 1 beaten egg, mix well, then spoon into a greased, 28 x 16cm baking dish and level the top. Beat remaining eggs with reserved milk (you should have 300ml, or a little more) and the salt and turmeric.

5. Pour over meat mixture and put a few bay leaves on top. Stand dish in a larger pan of water (this is important to prevent drying out) and bake, uncovered, at 180 degrees celsius / 350 Fahrenheit for 1 hour or until set.

Original recipe found here:



Author: martymadeitproductions

A Home Chef's Journey

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