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Bobotee: Curred Ground Meat Casserole from South Africa

Bobotie (South African Curried Ground Meat Casserole) with Peach Preserves

Adapted from Clifford A. Wright
Course Entree
Cuisine South African
Author TheSpicedLife


  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/2 t ground cardamom
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t ground coriander
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon (I used cassia, use whichever kind sounds best to you)
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 slices of soft sandwich bread (I used an oatmeal bread)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, divided
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 4 T peach preserves/jam, divided
  • 3 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Melt the butter with the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes. Add the garlic and then continue to cook, stirring, until the onions are starting to turn golden, another 2-4 minutes.
  3. Add the spices, including the salt, and mix in. Then add the vinegar and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the liquid has cooked off, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Rip the bread into pieces and place in a bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of milk over the bread and toss around to encourage the bread to absorb the milk.
  5. Add the bread and the ground beef and turkey to the pan. Stir to break up the ground meats--the bread will become absorbed into the dish. Cook until the turkey and beef are browned, about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the chopped almonds. Add the rest of the almonds to the pan, along with the raisins and 2 tablespoons of the peach preserves. Mix in.
  7. Turn off the heat. Mix in 1 of the eggs.
  8. Scrape the meat mixture into a casserole dish (9X13 or its equivalent). Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons of peach preserves on top of the meat mixture.
  9. Whisk together the remaining 2 eggs with the remaining 1 cup of milk. Pour this mixture over the casserole. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds over the top.
  10. Bake at 325 F for 20 minutes, and then increase the heat to 375 F and bake until the eggs are set and a thin knife inserted into the center of the casserole comes out mostly clean, about another 15-25 minutes.
  11. Let set for 5 minutes and then serve.