Tomato Bredie


This is a traditional South African meal, and is good winter fare. Bredie is an old Cape name for a dish of meat and vegetables stewed together so that the flavors intermingle. The gravy is rich, thick and full-bodied, and is obtained by using meat with a fair amount of bone and fat, rolling it in flour and browning it before the vegetables are added. The flavor improves if left a day or two before eating. Nice with brown rice.

close up view of Tomato Bredie garnished with fresh herbs in a red bowl with a spoon
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 ½ pounds lamb or mutton breast chops, chopped into portions

  • 2 tablespoons cake flour

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 ¼ pounds fresh tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 whole white peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cube beef bouillon cube

  • 2 medium potatoes, quartered (Optional)


  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Dredge meat in flour, and cook in hot oil until well browned.

  2. Stir in onions, and cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, white peppercorns, bay leaves, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and beef bouillon cube. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 1/4 hours. Stir occasionally, making sure nothing sticks on the bottom of the pot.

  3. Stir in the potatoes and cook for an additional 45 minutes, until the potatoes are done and the meat is tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

531 Calories
31g Fat
25g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 531
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 633mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 38mg 189%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1036mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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