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A Klein Karoo Classic: Ostrich Bobotie

A classic recipe from the Klein Karoo that captures the essence of the region's flavors is "Ostrich Bobotie." Bobotie is a traditional South African dish with Cape Malay influences, typically made with spiced and baked minced meat topped with an egg-based custard. In the Klein Karoo, where ostrich farming is prominent, ostrich meat is often used to create a unique variation of this beloved dish.

Ostrich Bobotie Recipe:

What you need

  • 500g ground ostrich meat

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam

  • 2 tablespoons chutney

  • 2 tablespoons fruit or malt vinegar

  • 1 slice of white bread, soaked in milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Butter or oil for frying

For the Topping:

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 Bay leaves

  • Pinch of salt

How to make it:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

  • In a large pan, heat butter or oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sauté until translucent.

  • Add ground ostrich meat to the pan and cook until browned. Break up the meat with a spoon to ensure even cooking.

  • Stir in curry powder, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cinnamon. Mix well to coat the meat with the spices.

  • Add apricot jam, chutney, and vinegar to the meat mixture. Mix thoroughly.

  • In a separate bowl, mash the soaked bread with a fork and add it to the meat mixture. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish and press it down evenly.

  • In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and a pinch of salt for the topping. Pour the mixture over the meat in the baking dish. Place the bay leaves on top of the mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the topping is set and golden brown.

  • Allow the Ostrich Bobotie to cool for a few minutes before serving.

  • Serve the Ostrich Bobotie with yellow rice, chutney, and perhaps a side of Mrs. Balls chutney, a popular South African condiment.

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