This authentic bobotie recipe is made at the exclusive Boschendal Manor Vineyard in Boschendal, South Africa.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 - 2 quart baking dish
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 2 quart baking dish. Place the bread in a shallow dish, and pour the milk overtop, allowing it to soak in.

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  • Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the curry powder. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, then set the skillet aside to cool.

  • As the onion mixture cools, combine the ground lamb, raisins, lemon zest, almonds, lemon juice, chutney, and 1 egg in a large bowl. Squeeze excess milk from the slice of bread, and add the bread to the lamb mixture; reserve the remaining milk. Season with sugar, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Add the onions to the lamb mixture, and mix until well combined. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and level the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Beat the remaining egg with the remaining milk, and pour evenly over the top of the casserole. Return the casserole to the oven, and continue baking until the custard has set and the top is golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 23.5g 47% DV; carbohydrates 20.8g 7% DV; fat 21.8g 34% DV; cholesterol 122.1mg 41% DV; sodium 409mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2009
My husband loves it. I used ground beef instead of lamb because that's what we had in the house. It was amazing. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2009
My husband loves it. I used ground beef instead of lamb because that's what we had in the house. It was amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
Have had the original version at the Boschendal Winery in South Africa. This turned out great. As mentioned in an earlier review the liquid and fat needs to be poured off prior to adding the custard. Serve with chutney for a traditional experience. If you can find it Mrs Ball's Chutney is the condiment of choice in South Africa Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2012
Made it. Verbatim. And it was faultless a showstopper! As a South African I know my Boboties and this is now the only recipe I will ever use! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2012
I have never had bobotie before so I don't have anything to compare this dish to. I expected it to be sweet and complex in flavors and texture and that's exactly how it turned out. I used beef instead of lamb but everything else I followed exactly. I looked at some images of bobotie online and saw that most people decorated the top with bay leaves so I did that and also added some fo the almonds on top. We liked this dish. I made it with Indian Rice Pilaf from this site and it went well with it. When I make this again I will get rid of the liquid that the meat rendered once it was cooked and before pouring the milk/egg mixture on top. It came out a bit watery because of that liquid. Read More
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