Let's try something new. A South African dish called "Bobotie".
This 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, spicy, aromatic, and zingy. A comforting meal, full of the flavors of Africa! Found this recipe at Tasteoftheplace.com
Author: Rebecca Bourhill
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: South Africa
Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients 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 (whatever you’ve got around – oregano, basil, marjoram, etc.)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1½ pound ground beef½ 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
Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. Soak the bread in 1 cup of the milk.Heat the olive oil in a wide skillet set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, and cook until soft.
3. Add the curry powder, mixed herbs, cumin, turmeric and garlic, and stirring constantly, allow to cook for a minute or two until the garlic is soft.
*We used Hot Curry instead of medium curry so used 3 teaspoons instead of 4.
4. Add the ground beef, and cook, stirring frequently to break up any big chunks, until browned.
5. 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!
MICHELLE TIP: The lemon we had wasn't super fresh (got a little hard in the fruit bowl), but you can bring it back to life with about a 20 second zap in the microwave.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
The Bobotie is a total win. Packed with flavor. We decided the bay leaves were more decoration and didn't add much to the flavor. We are going to double the custard layer next time, we really wanted more of that. It's kind of 'one note' as far as texture, but most casseroles are. Not going to wait for Kwanzaa to make this again, this is going into regular rotation. ENJOY!