Bobotie Recipe

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Jackie Brink


If South Africa had a national dish, this would be it. As with all
popular dishes with a long history, every cook has her own
secrets as to its preparation, so use this recipe as your starting
point rather than gospel.


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  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1
    onion, thinly sliced
  • 1
    apple, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 lb
    chopped or ground beef
  • 2 slice
    bread, soaked in milk
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 6
    bay (laurel) leaves
  • ·
    1 egg mixed with 1 cup milk

How to Make Bobotie


  1. Heat the butter in a skillet over moderate heat and saute the onion
    and apple until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the
    beef and cook until browned. Squeeze the milk from the bread,
    discard the milk, and add the bread to the meat mixture, stirring
    and mashing it to mix it well.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the
    beaten egg, raisins, almonds, lemon juice, curry powder, and
    turmeric, stirring to combine.
  4. Place the mixture in a greased baking
    dish and place the bay leaves vertically in the mixture. Bake in a
    preheated 325F (165C) oven for 40 minutes.
  5. Pour the egg and milk
    mixture over the meat mixture and bake an additional 15 minutes.
    Remove the bay leaves before serving.

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About Bobotie

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: African

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