Bobotie, A Classic South African Recipe

by Isabelle Escande

Considered the national dish of South Africa, bobotie is a meat minced meat enriched with dried fruits, chutney, spices… and topped with a mixture of egg and milk. In a word, a real delight!

INGREDIENTS (6 servings)

1 ½ pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium onions, minced
1 cup milk
2 slices Texas toast thick-sliced bread
½ sultanas (golden raisins)
1 teaspoon apricot jam or dried apricots, chopped
1 tablespoon hot chutney
½ tablespoon curry powder
Black pepper
1 egg
1 bay leaf


Preheat oven to 340 F/ 170 C.

Pour cold water or milk over the bread and set aside to soak.

Fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until soft and golden brown. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour.

Stir in the curry paste, spices, apricot jam, chutney, herbs, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with salt and black pepper.

Cover for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish.

Meanwhile, beat the egg, milk, and turmeric to make the savory custard mix. Then pour the egg mix over.

Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping starting to turn golden.

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perfect harmony between power and finesse. Velvety fruit density and structure of spicy and fine tannins.

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