A classic South African entree. While not particularly spicy, the dish has complex flavors with the sweetness of raisins contrasting the curry. Serve with yellow rice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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).

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  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and saute until browned, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef to onion and saute until browned, about 5 minutes.

  • Soak bread in 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl, mash, and add to ground beef mixture; stir in 1/2 of beaten egg, raisins, vinegar, sugar, turmeric, salt, curry powder, and ground black pepper.

  • Transfer beef mixture to glass baking dish; insert bay leaves.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Whisk remaining 1/2 egg and remaining 1/4 cup milk together in a small bowl; pour over meat mixture and return to oven for 30 minutes.

  • Serve with chutney.

Cook's Notes:

Mutton can be substituted for the ground beef.

Lemon juice can be substituted for the vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; protein 15.1g; carbohydrates 14.5g; fat 12.5g; cholesterol 74.8mg; sodium 467.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2018
I served this with yellow saffron spanish rice and chutney and it was amazing. I live with a south african and she says it was perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2018
I served this with yellow saffron spanish rice and chutney and it was amazing. I live with a south african and she says it was perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2021
1.14.21 Well, this doesn’t have much eye appeal, but its flavor is very interesting and very different. Recipe said to bake for 30 minutes, but at 15 minutes, it had dried out and was starting to burn, so I took it out. I then added the egg-milk mixture and then back in the oven. And after another 20 minutes, it was drying out again. So bottom line, next time, I’ll probably add a little water to the ground beef mixture before it heads into the oven, cook for 12-15 minutes, then add the egg mixture, then back in the oven, and start checking for doneness at 15 minutes. We really enjoyed the flavor, but the cooking time needs to be cut back, at least for us, in order to have a moist consistency/texture. Never had bootie before, so I have no comparison if this recipe measures up, but we liked it, and I know it’ll be even better with a little tweaking on time only, seasoning was spot on for us. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2016
I'm no expert cook but I'm South African! Wonderful dish I substituted the raisins ( eeuuww! ) for canned sliced peaches & used the sweet juices instead of adding sugar. I like the adding of vinegar gives it a nice sour to balance the sweet. Also I used 3 eggs & more milk for the topping. It is delicious!! Read More
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