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Beef Bobotie by The Spruce Eats

Beef Bobotie by The Spruce Eats

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Bobotie has been recognized as South Africa's national dish. With influences introduced by the spices of Cape Malay cooking, the medieval culinary practices of the Dutch settlers to the indigenous practices of rearing and eating beef, it is no wonder that this melting pot is the rainbow nation's national dish.​

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Beef Bobotie by The Spruce Eats
Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hr 5 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

There are many ways of making bobotie and a vast variety of recipes can be found on the net that at times it is difficult to tell which is the most authentic bobotie. A traditional bobotie is said to have 6 key elements which influence the flavor, cooking technique, and consistency of the dish.

 2 tbsp butter
 2 medium onions, finely chopped
 3 cloves garlic
 1 tsp grated ginger
 1 tsp curry powder
 3 cloves
 2 tbsp chutneysuch as Mrs. Ball's Chutney, plus more for topping
 600 g minced beef
 1 tbsp vinegar
 2 slices white bread, crusts removed, soaked in milk
 1 large egg
 ½ cup milk
 1 tsp turmeric
 2 tbsp double cream, optional
 Salt, to taste
 Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 Handful bay leaves

The result should be a balance between spicy and sweet, however, the sweetness should never overpower the dish.

Ingredients

 2 tbsp butter
 2 medium onions, finely chopped
 3 cloves garlic
 1 tsp grated ginger
 1 tsp curry powder
 3 cloves
 2 tbsp chutneysuch as Mrs. Ball's Chutney, plus more for topping
 600 g minced beef
 1 tbsp vinegar
 2 slices white bread, crusts removed, soaked in milk
 1 large egg
 ½ cup milk
 1 tsp turmeric
 2 tbsp double cream, optional
 Salt, to taste
 Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 Handful bay leaves
Beef Bobotie by The Spruce Eats

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