South African Bobotie





For the Minced Meat Base:

For the Topping:


Step 1: Brown the Minced Meat

  1. Set the oven to heat at 350F.
  2. Tear up the bread and soak in milk.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and put on a medium heat.
  4. Saute the minced meat until brown.

Step 2: Add the Veggies and Aromatics 

  1. Add the diced onions and let them sweat for a few minutes.
  2. Add the shredded carrots into the mix and let them cook for a few minutes until soft.
  3. Add the garlic and sautee until aromatic.
  4. Add the spices and incorporate fully into the mixture.
  5. Add the chutney, jam, lemon juice, and raisins.
  6. Add the milk-soaked bread, discarding any excess milk.
  7. Let everything cook few just another 3 minutes or so, just to make sure all the flavors have melded together. 

Tip: Step 1-2 should take approximately 20 minutes.

Step 3: Transfer to Baking Dish, Add Custard Topping and Bake

  1. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish.
  2. Whisk together eggs and milk in a bowl to make a custard.
  3. Pour the custard mixture on top of the mince.
  4. Top with bay leaves.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.

Cuisine Cape Malay

Recipe by Arousing Appetites: Home to the Serious Cook at