“Bobotie is a slow-baked South African sweet-spicy meat casserole that John and I discovered on our honeymoon in Cape Town,” says Rachael. This version is made entirely on the stove, which shortens the cooking time. Instead of the lemon leaves used in South Africa, lemon zest does the trick.
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (a generous handful)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 2 pounds ground sirloin
- 1 fresh or dried bay leaf
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 6 peppadew piquante peppers (jarred sweet pickled peppers), drained and finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup golden raisins or currants (a generous handful)
- 1/2 cup mango chutney
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons mild curry paste (such as Patak’s brand) or 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup half-and-half
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Handful of cilantro leaves or flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
In a dry skillet over medium heat, lightly toast the almonds, about three minutes. Set aside.
Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the EVOO, about two turns of the pan. When the EVOO ripples, add the meat and spread it in an even layer. Let it caramelize and deeply brown, then stir it and move it to the sides of the pan.
Add the bay leaf, celery, carrot, onion, peppers and garlic to the center of the pan, and season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the meat. Add the raisins, chutney, broth, curry, turmeric, coriander and lemon zest. Stir vigorously and simmer until the broth evaporates and the meat casserole thickens.
Remove the bay leaf, stir in the almonds and reduce the heat to low. Heat your smallest nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Beat an egg with a pinch of salt and one tablespoon of half-and-half. Add the egg to the pan with a pat of butter and cook like a thin omelet, turning with a fork or thin spatula, about a minute on each side. Transfer to a plate and repeat to make four mini omelets. Spoon the meat into bowls and top with the omelets. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and serve.