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Tomato Bredie

Rated as 4.89 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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2 h 30 m servings 531
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  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; 31.2 25.3 36.8 134 633 Full nutrition

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Good recipe. Can be cooked in a covered cast-iron casserole inside the oven (Dutch Oven style). Add a few drops of lemon juice or (sour)clover leaves. (Zuuring in South Africa)

This is a very good recipe. I added 2 tbsl. of lemon juice, 4 cloves of garlic and I used fingerling potatoes instead. Turned out very nice.

I enjoy trying foods from other countries, especially when it turns out to be a great recipe. By American tastes, this tastes just like a simple Swiss steak only served in a bowl as a hearty ...

love this recipe andno fights to get our picky eater kids to eat it either. They came back for seconds.

Being a South African living in New Zealand I was delighted to come across this recipe. Reminds me of the cold winter afternoons spent making this in abundance to freeze for reheating. Thank yo...

I am a South African living in America and this great recipe is very much like the traditional recipe my mother makes, which has been handed down through generations. Tasty, perfectly flavoured ...

My Afrikaner husband hasn't been able to visit home (South Africa) for 4 years. He misses the traditional recipes that he enjoyed as a kid. I decided to surprise him by making this along with so...

Actually, made this recipe more than once. We have good fresh tomatoes and NZ leg of lamb available here. Didn't have bay leaf, substituted fresh ground coriander. After the first steps mak...

Turned out amazing! I made this for a book club where we talking about a book based in South Africa and I will definitely save this one for many future events.