This popular South African dish consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Lushka from Keeper of the Kitchen has contributed this recipe. This is an adapted and converted recipe that originally appeared in Magdaleen van Wyk's "The Complete South African Cookbook" published in 1980.
"This dish always brings back memories of when I was a babysitter for many many years for a beautiful South African / Canadian family. This was one of their favourite meals. They were a family of 8 so meals that stretched and were budget friendly were important. I could never get enough of Bobotie. It appears my 6 year old son loves it just as much as I do!" - Peta
Recipe Tester Feedback: "This dinner is so yum. It is awesome. South Africa is almost my favourite country because of this dinner! I love this dinner so much. I love it cold on sandwiches the next day too!"- William (Peta's son)
Contains: Dairy / Gluten / Egg / Nuts
Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 50 minutes
Can be frozen. See notes below recipe.
- bread - 1 slice, white
- milk - 125g (plus about 60g)
- onion - 1, peeled and quartered
- almonds - 90g, blanched
- raisins - 65g, seedless
- beef mince - 1kg
- apricot jam - 2 Tbsp
- fruit chutney - 2 Tbsp
- lemon juice - 25g
- curry powder - 3 tsp
- turmeric - 2 tsp
- salt - 2 tsp
- butter - 2 tsp
- eggs - 3
- bay leaves - 2
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Soak the bread in half the milk (125ml).
- Add the onion (1) to the bowl and chop Speed 5 / 10 seconds.
- Add whole almonds (90g) and chop Speed 5 / 10 seconds (adjust if using crushed or sliced almonds).
- Add raisins (65g), half the mince (500g), jam (2 Tbsp), chutney (2 Tbsp), lemon juice (25g), curry powder (3 tsp), turmeric (2 tsp) and salt (2 tsp).
- Squeeze the milk out of the bread and add bread to bowl. Set milk aside.
- Mix Reverse+Speed 3 / 45 seconds.
- In a large frying pan, I use a wok, melt the butter (2 tsp) and add the meat mixture and the remaining mince (500g) to it, and brown lightly, (don't overcook) before turning it out into a casserole dish.
- Break the eggs (3 eggs) into the mixer bowl and pour the bread milk in, and top with milk until it reaches 125g.
- Mix Speed 5 / 10 seconds, then pour over the meat.
- Garnish with the bay leaves.
- Bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Bobotie freezes really well. Make it up to the end of step 5, then freeze. To prepare, thaw, and add the eggs, milk and bay leaves before baking.