Friday, April 6, 2007

Virtual Potluck with Shabby in the city....


Shabby in the City called all Bloggers to have virtual potluck with her and share a recipe and dish from your part -of-wherever- you- live

As some of you know....I`m from South Africa and the dish I have chosen is a very traditional South African one........called Bobotie


No self respecting South African housewife will be caught without a favourite and treasured bobotie recipe.

Bobotie is like a shepherd's pie with personality. Minced beef is slow-cooked with curry powder and lots of aromatic spices such as turmeric, coriander, cloves, cumin and bay. Dried fruit - apricots and sultana's - and almonds are optional extras and give the bobotie a wonderful sweet and sour flavour. The mince mixture is placed in a bowl, topped with an egg custard and baked in the oven until the custard browns. Bobotie is almost always served with geelrys (rice cooked with turmeric, raisins and cloves) and accompanied by blatjang (fruit chutney)


For those of you interested...here is the recipe:


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, peeled and sliced
2 1/4 pounds good quality lean ground beef
1 thickish slice of white bread
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon medium curry powder (or hot for the hale and brave)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
freshly grated pepper (about a half teaspoon)
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 tablespoons malt vinegar
1/2 cup seedless raisins
2 tablespoons strong chutney
2 bay leaves (or fresh lemon leaves if available)
2 medium eggs


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat oil in medium sauté pan. Stir in onions. Cook over medium heat until transparent. Add ground beef. Cook until lightly browned and crumbly.
Soak bread in half the milk, squeeze out excess milk and mash with a fork - DON'T TOSS SQUEEZED OUT MILK! Pour it straight back into remaining milk. Set milk aside.
Add curry, sugar, salt, pepper, turmeric, vinegar, raisins, chutney to the beef mixture. Spoon the mixture into a greased baking dish, and place bay leaves on top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes in preheated 350°F oven.
Beat egg with remaining milk and pour over mixture approximately 25 - 30 minutes before end of baking time.
Serve with steamed rice (traditionally yellow!) and extra chutney.
Pure South African comfort food! Especially nice in winter, or cold with a salad in summer.

Serves: 6

34 comments:

Sandrine said...

If you love all French things, I love your country. I had the chance tyo visit it two years ago and that was simply wonderful. Thank you for the Bobotie recipe. I'm going to try.

BOSSY said...

Bossy always puts sliced bananas in her Bobotie.

Ruth Welter said...

Your shepard's pie looks delicious. Happy Easter to you as well.

Shabby in the City said...

I would actually eat this Gypsy! Sounds good and yummy. It is cold as a frog here today so comfort food would be a good thing!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

This sounds DELICIOUS! My hubby is a HUGE fan of shepherd's pie, and this would make a nice tasty change to an already favorite dish! We WILL try this! =) Thankyou!

Dargie said...

This sounds wonderful! I love dishes with fruit and spices and meat. Thanks for posting.

Merci-Notes said...

Wht a delicous recipe! When we make it it will be as if we are sharing a meal with you!..I am going to serve it when my Mom comes to visit. I know she will love it!
With Kindness,
Mary

The Tattered Nest said...

sounds good...thanks for sharing this recipe with us! I can't wait to try it. take care,Gail

willzmom said...

This sounds SO good! I think I'll give it a try!

Sugar Bear said...

Sounds delicious!
Karla

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I am not usually a recipe person, but this is one I will use! Sounds wonderful. Thanks

She'sSewPretty said...

I've never heard of bobotie, but I'm going to try it now. Thanks for sharing.

MaryB said...

I also have never heard of bobotie, but now that I have, I just might have to try it with some friends when picky hubby isn't around. It sounds de-lish!
You've got a great blog here, hope you don't mind me snooping!

clarice said...

Yummm, I love bobotie. Whata wonderful dish to bring. Thank you Clarice

Mrs. Staggs said...

This looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Hasn't Phyllis done a marvelous job of setting the table at Shabby in the city. Everything looks beautiful! I've brought Sweet Spring Apple Blossoms for the dessert buffet.
Best wishes!

see you there! said...

This sounds so interesting and I just happen to have some great curry powder in the cupboard. I'll pick up the rest of the ingredients the next time I'm at the store.

I love photo in your previous post.

Darla

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

A pie like no other I've ever tasted! I do love ethnic and regional food and anything with curry is a winner! Thanks so much for sharing your piece of the world's cuisine :)

Betty Jo said...

OMGoodness this sounds wonderful! I'm sure it smells incredible while cooking too. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be trying this before too long. I'm still unpacking my kitchen but should be up and running by the first of next week. xoxo

~~Mikki Jo said...

Mmmmm sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

"Early Bird" said...

I've never cared for "Shepherds Pie"...way to bland...but yours does sound like it has some personality!
Thanks for sharing it and some of your history!

Deb L said...

Anythng with curry is a friend of mine!! Many wishes for a wonderful, blessed Easter... Deb

Rebecca said...

This sounds wonderful! I can't wait to get home and try it. I think I have all the ingredients. :) Have a wonderful Easter.

javagirl1111 said...

Wow, I love ethnic dishes like this! Sounds DELISH!

Shaun said...

It sounds lekker. I spent a year in SA in 1986 and miss this recipe. I will be making this comfort food from my past. Bless you for sharing it. Have a blessed Easter. Shaun

Blame It on Paris said...

I can't wait to try this. I love exploring. When I was 14, I used to check out cookbooks from different countries from the library and try a new recipe every day from a different country--one of my ways of exploring the world. Some of those, umm, experiments STILL come up in family conversation, twenty years later. But yours looks delicious!

Feathers said...

I have never tried this before, it sounds delightful! Thank you so much for sharing with us! :)

carlene federer said...

sounds yummy!

Sarah said...

We love Bobotie here - I will have to give your recipe a try

Glamour Mom said...

Once a month my family and I try and prepare a meal from a different place from the world globe. We've prpared dishes from Ireland, Mexico, Britain, Germany, and Spain. How wonderful it will be to add a dish from South Africa. My family will be so excited to try your recipe. Thank you soooo much for sharing. This dish sounds wonderful :)

nikinpos said...

Yay! Another one of those recipes meant to torture Napolitans. Meat and fruit together? They just don't get it!

Shelina said...

This sounds delicious! I have copied the recipe, and I will definitely hve to try it.

Amy said...

mmm this sounds like perfect winter comfort food!

Divineladi said...

This sounds yummy!

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