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How to make South African Bobotie

For our weekly introduction to the diversity and uniqueness of African cuisines, this week we'll be looking at how to make this classic dish from South Africa called Bobotie (pronounced ba-bo-tea).

It 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!

Ingredients needed to make this:

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 sultana
6 bay leaves
For the topping
300ml full-cream milk
2 large eggs

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set it aside to soak.

Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to color. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes color. 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.

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.

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.

Courtesy of: BBC good food
Posted: Afriko blog.