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South African Bobotie - Bam's Kitchen
I know. I know… who am I to discuss cold weather living in the tropical region of Hong Kong but even here it has been a bit cooler and lots of dampness in the air and I am craving some severe comfort food. For those of you who are waist deep in snow and are shoveling off your roofs, sending some warm thoughts your way and one fantastic little cozy dish that is sure to warm you from the inside out.
South African Bobotie - Bam's Kitchen
I enjoyed my first delicious mouthful of a South African Bobotie and I am in forever in love with the flavors, spices, and creamy texture of this dish. Bobotie is a dish from South Africa, made of spiced meat and an egg topping.
South African Bobotie
South African cuisine is amazing as it has influences from all over the world and their dishes are a melting pot of spices and flavors. Traditionally, Bobotie is made with beef but also can be made with pork, mutton or lamb and then has curry, chutney, soaked bread to make it moist, sultans and other seasonings that make you go back for seconds or maybe even thirds, if you are a hungry teenage boy.
South African Bobotie
I know that the combination of ingredients might not sound like what you are used to but you have to trust me on this. It works! Perfectly balanced in flavor, a little sweet, a little spice a little savory and the creamy and moist texture, especially on these cooler days makes this dish a winner. It is what your body craves. I think this little dish is some true comfort food!
South African Bobotie
A dear friend of mine, Abbie Wilson, spent several years living in South Africa and this is her families’ Bobotie recipe. Abbie’s recipe is traditional but she does not include sultans (raisins) in her Bobotie dish. Abbie’s family tradition is instead to serve the bobotie with yellow rice with sultans and spices on the side, chutney, roasted butternut squash and peas. Abbie garnished her Bobotie with some toasted coconut and bananas. Abbie was a delightful hostess and so glad that she shared her Bobotie dish, so that I could share it with you. You have no idea what you have been missing out on.
South African Bobotie
As you know, I love when dishes bring in elements from many cultures and blend it into one dish. Abbie mentioned as with any great little curry, sauce and such that the Bobotie is even better on the second day as the flavors have a chance to mingle. This concept is why this dish is just perfect for entertaining as you can make it the day before and pop it back in the oven and sit down with your guests and enjoy your gathering. A very special thank you to Abbie!
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South African Bobotie

By March 1, 2013
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South African Bobotie
Bobotie is a dish from South Africa, made of spiced meat and an egg topping from my dear friend, Abbie Wilson.



Step 1: Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (Heat the oil and soften the onion on a very low flame for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Add tumeric and curry and allow the flavors to mingle for about 2 minutes.
Step 3: Add chutney and tomato sauce and cook for another minute.
Step 4: Strain water from bread and add to pan, continue stirring.
Step 5: Add meat and stir lightly with a two pronged fork until evenly cooked. (Using a fork makes the meat tender)
Step 6: Add salt and bay leaves
Step 7: Place bobotie meat mixture into and ovenproof dish (9 in x 11 in)
Step 8: Make the sauce: a) Beat egg and milk together. b) Pour egg and milk mixture over the meat mixture and bake for about 45 minutes to 55 minutes or until the egg mixture is brown.
Step 9: Serve delicious cozy South African Bobotie with yellow rice, oven roasted butternut squash and peas on the side. Garnish Bobotie with desiccated coconut and bananas. Enjoy!


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