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Bobotie (South African meatloaf) recipe

Bobotie (South African meatloaf) recipe

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  • Ingredients
  • Meat and poultry
  • Beef
  • Beef mince

This traditional South African meatloaf recipe is packed with flavour.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 2 onions, thickly sliced
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 250ml milk
  • 900g lean minced beef
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chutney
  • 6 almonds, chopped
  • 60g sultanas or raisins
  • 4 bay leaves

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:1hr30min ›Ready in:1hr50min

  1. In a large frying pan, pour in just enough water to cover the bottom. Bring to the boil and add the onion slices. Cook until the onions appear translucent. Remove the onions and finely chop them. Drain water from pan and return to the heat. Return the onions to the hot pan and brown slightly. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  3. Soak the slice of bread quickly in the milk and squeeze it out. Set the drained milk aside. Place bread in a large mixing bowl. Mix bread together with minced beef, curry powder, 1 egg, sugar, salt, black pepper, turmeric, vinegar, chutney, almonds and raisins.
  4. Place the mixture in a greased 28x18cm baking dish. Insert the bay leaves into the meat. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour.
  5. Beat the remaining egg with 3 tablespoons of the drained milk. Pour over the meat and bake for another 30 minutes.

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Reviews in English (26)

-07 Oct 2010

Made it more kid friendly.i have a daughter and i want to make a more friendly food-22 Jul 2010

by Melissa Scholte

I regularly make bobotie and thought to give this recipe a try. It was "okay", but I have to suggest a few changes:As said by someone else - you CAN brown the mince and onions in a pan !! (I usually do). Then add the seasoning + 1 pinch of ground cloves + 1 pinch of ground coriander seed.Use 2 slices of soaked bread that haven't been drained too well and mix into the mince. Then place in a baking dish. Bake at 200C for about 15min.For the topping: if using 2 eggs it gives a lighter and fluffier dish if you use about 150/200ml of milk (maybe even more if you like the creamy topping). Bake 20 min.To make it even easier: If you're frying the mince before baking - place the seasoned mince in a baking dish and pour over the topping immediately. Bake at 200C for 35-45min. untill golden brown. The topping seeps into the mince mixture giving you a deliciously moist dish.Serve with yellow rice with raisins. (Just steam your rice with some tumeric, raisins and a pinch of cinnamon).A light green salad, slices of banana and caramalised sweet potatoes make it complete.-18 Jul 2006

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