Bobotie

Bobotie

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Pronounced ba-boor-tea, the national dish of South Africa is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping, not dissimilar to moussaka

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
386
protein
43g
carbs
20g
fat
16g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
13g
salt
0.97g

Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg packet lean minced beef
  • 2 tbsp madras curry paste
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 3 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 2 tbsp peach or mango chutney
  • 3 tbsp sultanas
  • 6 bay leaves

For the topping

  • 300ml full-cream milk
  • 2 large eggs

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing 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.
  3. Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture until well blended. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead.
  4. For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2008

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krysiai's picture
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I forgot to get milk so used instead it Greek's yogurt, eggs and grated pecorino cheese for the topping. Worked very well!

chiefos's picture
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I cooked this for my wife and some friends on a Friday night. Tasty, spicy and an out and out winning recipe. One word...Fantastic!!

maureenpearson's picture
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Absolutely fantastic recipe, a wonderful blend of flavours with the other side dishes.

I made it for a celiac and used rice cakes instead of bread both for the Bobotie and the Prawn Cakes and it was just as good as using bread.

cwal10's picture

This is absolutely delicious. My mouth was watering as it was cooked. I couldn't find the all spice berries either so used allspice powder, and used regular mango chutney. It reheats well and makes a lovely lunch dish. Will be making this again

livetoeatkate's picture

This was absolutely delicious and will be made again. Again I just used a teasp. allspice as didn't have the berries or the cloves. A brown roll did as the 2 slices of white bread and currants replaced the sultanas but it turned out delicious and looked fantastic. The apricot blutyang (whatever) didn't go so well unless it was supposed to taste of vinegar. Maybe it will taste better tomorrow.

winker's picture
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A really good dish with lots of flavour. Had them all salivating at work with the leftover lunch portion. Will definitely be making again.

des555's picture

I also make Babotie but am interested to know what herbs you use. I also soak my bread in milk.

christinegordon's picture
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loved by us all and will definitely make again

zoe446's picture

This is such a great family meal, even the kids ate it.Really tasty and enjoyed by all. The whole menu was fab! Ive cooked this a few times now, for the family and for a dinner party. You must do the salad, rice and apricot blatjang as they compliment the bobotie well. One to do!

theolddaisy's picture

Super enjoyed by all and I will be cooking again Daisy

ibizaeileen's picture
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Easy - and a perfect supper I used wholemeal brown bread. Will cook it again

petesfanny's picture
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Easy and delicious. I couldn't get allspice berries either but just added a pinch of allspice. Served it with the apricot blatjang, which was the perfect compliment.

helenweir's picture
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Delicious!

lynnfirth's picture

I have made this twice now and we all love it. Easy to make. Could not get the allspice berries so not sure if this would have made a lot of difference or not.

A firm favourite now!

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