Jan 15, 2010

South African Bobotie (Beef Pie)

Recipe & Instructions:

2 ounces butter
1 cup onions, thinly sliced
1 apple, peeled, diced
2 pounds chopped cooked beef
2 bread slices soaked in milk
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
6 bay leaves
1 egg
1/2 cup whole milk

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes, then add the apple dice and cook for another minute. Add the chopped beef and combine. Squeeze out the excess milk from the bread slices, then tear up and add to pot. Add the curry powder, raisins, almonds, lemon juice, egg, and turmeric, and stir well.

Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13" baking dish. Place bay leaves vertically in the casserole. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes, then remove from the oven. Mix together the egg and milk, then pour it over the Bobotie. Bake for 15 more minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Yes Ladies & Gentlemen... I made my first Bobotie. On my own. With no help. Without a just-about-ready-made box with instructions. =D Bobotie is a very Afrikaans dish over here and a specialty in our house when I was growing up. As well as a bunch of other dishes I'm yet to perfect. I am now on a roll to teach myself how to cook proper food. I mean, I can cook, don't get me wrong, I'm great with a lot of different dishes, but dishes like these are all new to me... I'm getting there okay!

A friend of mine got to my house for dinner telling me that she doesn't eat Bobotie, but she'd taste it for my sake. That same friend - Went back for THIRDS!! So yes, I'm proud of myself.

*Bowing Profusely*


Andhari said...

How does it taste? Is it like beef lasagna? It looks so yummy :)

Maryx said...

It's just about the same as beef lasagna, just a different taste with the tumeric, curry and milky bread in it. If that makes sense. I like to include cheese and sometimes banana! =D Why don't you try it sometime? Or get someone to make for you of course! HeeHee!