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Recipe for family meals :

Mom's Bobotie Recipe

This recipe was sent in by Peter Deegan and is the recipe his late Mom used for her own version of Bobotie.

Peter now lives in the USA - to be precise in Highlands, New Jersey - having moved there from Cape Town in 1997. He works for BP Marine and enjoys cooking and good food in his spare time.

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1kg Topside Mince
2 onions
1 slice white bread
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon curry powder
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 Tablespoon turmeric
2 Tablespoons vinegar or juice of 1 lemon
3 Tablespoons chutney
6 almonds, quartered
1/2 cup seeded raisins
4 lemon or bay leaves or grated rind of 1 lemon

  • Remove the dry outer skins of the onions, slice onions thinly and simmer in very little boiling water in a saucepan for 5 minutes or until they appear swollen and glassy.
  • Now chop the onions finely and brown slightly in hot oil.
  • Soak the bread in the milk and then squeeze out the milk again. Crumb the bread.
  • Combine all the ingredients except 1 egg and the lemon leaves.
  • Place the mixture in a greased, fireproof baking dish. Roll up the lemon or bay leaves and insert them into the meat in an upright position.
  • Bake in a moderate oven at 180°C (350°F) for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Beat the remaining egg with a little extra milk and pour this over the meat half an hour before taking it out of the oven.
  • Serve with yellow rice (white rice with some turmeric in) and chutney.

Peter Deegan