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Bobotie (South Africa)

1 kg or 2.2 lbs. ground beef
2 medium sized onions, peeled and thinly sliced
30ml or 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
15ml or 1 tablespoon medium strength curry powder
5ml or 1tsp turmeric
30ml or 2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice
15ml or 1 tablespoon sugar
15ml or 1 tsp salt
2ml or 1/2 tsp black pepper
2 slices white bread
250ml or 1 cup milk
2 large eggs
75 gr 2 1/2 ounces raisins
45ml or 3 tablespoons fruit chutney
grated rind of one lemon (optional)
2 bay leaves
6 to 12 almonds blanched and quartered
6 lemon leaves

Preheat oven to 180c or 350F.

Parboil the onions in a little water until opaque and drain reserving
the water, chop and fry in the oil until just golden colored. Add
the curry power and tumeric. fry for 2 minutes stirring all the
time then add the vinegar or lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.

In the meanwhile, soak the bread in milk, then squeeze dry, strain
the milk and set aside. Crumble the minced raw meat into a pan
with the onion water and a little boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes.

Lightly mix the meat, bread, onion mixture with 1 egg, raisins,
chutney and lemon rind if used. Pack into a buttered casserole
and add the bay leaves cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from the oven and stick the almonds and lemon leaves (turned
into cones shapes) into the meat. Whip the remaining egg with the
milk add about 1/2 cup more milk to make 250ml or a full cup and
carefully pour over the meat over the back of a spoon. Return to
the oven turning the heat down to 300F or 180C and bake uncovered
for 30minutes.

It is nice with white fluffy rice and fresh veggies or a crisp
green salad.


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