Bobotie (pronounced ba-boor-tea, according to bbcgoodfood.com) is the national dish of South Africa. It's a type of meat pie that incorporates curried meat, fruit, and a delicious egg-based topping. Like many national dishes, everyone has their favorite way to make it. It's often served with yellow rice (see recipe at the end) and a side of chutney. This recipe was inspired by a lightened up Weight Watchers version. Many of the recipes I looked at also include a slice or two of day old bread chopped up into the meat mixture and/or a handful or two of slivered almonds. I decided to leave these out this time (simply because Annalyn doesn't eat nuts yet and we didn't have any bread), but might be a nice variation in the future. It was a big hit with all three of us and we will definitely be making it again! Here's how Mama makes it:
- cooking spray, for pan
- 1 lb. uncooked lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium apple, yellow or Granny Smith, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 c. carrots, finely chopped
- 1/2 c. raisins
- 4 bay leaves, (2 for cooking + 2 for garnish)
- 1 T. minced garlic
- 1/4 c. dry red wine
- 1/2 c. mango ginger chutney
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 c. low-fat milk
- 1 T. curry powder (as mild or hot as you like it)
- 1 1/2 t. kosher salt
- 1 t. chili powder
- 1/2 t. turmeric
- 1/2 t. ground cumin
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
- 1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large skillet, brown the meat over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Drain the meat, set aside.
3. Stir in the meat, then pour in wine. Add the spice mix and garlic, simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Remove bay leaves, stir in chutney.
4. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan.
5. In a small bowl (or large measuring cup), whisk together eggs and milk. Pour over the meat mixture; be sure to cover top. Top with remaining bay leaves (remove before serving).
6. Bake until egg is set, about 25-30 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting. Makes 6 servings, about 7 WW pts each. (WW suggests cutting it into 8 pieces at 5-6 pts each, but I just don't think that's enough of this delicious dish!)
7. For Peanut, I topped her broccoli with some shredded cheese, then gave her some of the cooled meat and rice. Like her daddy and me, she was a big fan of bobotie!
For the yellow rice:
I served this dish with a yellow saffron rice mix that I had on hand, but here's a quick way to make yellow rice as a side: Cook 1 c. white rice according to package directions, but add 1/2 t. turmeric, 1 T. minced garlic, and 1 t. salt to the water. Can also add raisins or coconut, but this is optional.