I was tossing out old magazines and I stopped short when I saw this recipe in a magazine called Journey. I don’t often see a recipe that comes from South Africa but when I saw this one for Bobotie, I knew I had to post it in my blog. I’m not sure of the pronunciation because I’ve seen it pronounced several ways on the Internet, but I’m going with “Bobootie.” South Africans enjoy spicy Eastern flavors, including Indian curries and Malayan spices, Dutch and English foods, and traditional African dishes. This Bobotie is one of South Africa’s most-loved dishes. It’s a combination of sweet and savory served casserole style. Note that there are no vegetables in this recipe, only fruits! Maybe your children will like it! In any case, it’s my choice for this month’s New Food Friday Flash.
2 large onions
2 Tablespoons butter
1 thick slice white bread
1 cup milk
2 lbs ground lamb or beef
2 ½ Tablespoons strong curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons apricot jam
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup lemon juice (or vinegar)
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
¼ cup seedless raisins
1 green apple, grated (or substitute carrots)
10 dried apricots, soaked & diced (or ¼ cup raisins)
4 dried bay or lemon leaves
Pre-heat the oven to 350F. lightly fry the onions in the butter. Soak the bread in half the milk and mash with a fork.
Mix the meat with all of the ingredients except for the eggs, the rest of the milk and the bay or lemon leaves.
Put the mixture in an oven proof dish. Push the bay leaves into the top of the mixture. Cover and bak for about 45-60 minutes, depending on size of dish.
Beat the eggs and remaining milk together and pour over the meat. Slightly lift it to allow the egg to run into the bobotie.
Bake until brown on top (about 15 – 20 minutes.
Garnish with additional bay leaves. Serves 8 – 10.
This recipe is a great way to get more fruit into your diet. Traditionally this is served with yellow rice made with rice, turmeric, raisins, almonds, and cloves. A tasty, different meal that is very good for your health!