It is another #TastyThursday and BOBOTIE is our meal for the day. Bobotie is a classic dish from South Africa.
Bobotie (pronounced ba-bo-tea), is made with ground beef seasoned to perfection, and a creamy, decadent topping. It is rich, savory and spicy. A comforting meal, full of the flavors of Africa.
- 3 slices of bread
- 1 cup + ½ cup milk, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large onions, roughly chopped
- 4 teaspoons medium curry powder
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs (oregano, basil, marjoram)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1½ pound ground beef
- ½ cup fruit chutney
- 1 tablespoon apricot jam
- Zest and juice of one medium lemon, divided
- 4 teaspoons tomato paste
- Salt and pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 4 bay leaves
- STEP 1 :Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.
- STEP 2: Fry the onions in the butter, stir regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crush the mince into fine grains until it changes colour. Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper.
- STEP 3: Once the beef is browned, remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the chutney, apricot jam, all the lemon zest, half the lemon juice, tomato paste, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, give it a taste, and add more lemon juice, salt, and pepper as desired. It should be delightfully zingy!
- STEP 4: Squeeze the milk from the bread, reserving the milk for later, and smooshing and tearing the bread into small pieces. Mix the bread into the beef mixture, and spread evenly into an oven proof dish.
- STEP 5: Strain the milk that has come from the bread, and add the remaining ½ cup of milk. Beat in the eggs, and season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Pour this over the meat, and decoratively scatter the bay leaves on top.
- STEP 6: Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.