Bobotie (South African Curry Meat Loaf)

Bobotie (South African Curry Meat Loaf)

The dried fruit in this curried South African meat loaf offsets its cayenne spiciness, while its almond crust adds a crunchy counterpoint to the tender ground meat. See the recipe for Bobotie (South African Curry Meat Loaf) »Todd Coleman

The dried fruit in this curried South African meat loaf offsets its cayenne spiciness, while its almond crust adds a crunchy counterpoint to the tender ground meat. This recipe first appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100, with the article Meatloaf.

Bobotie (South African Curry Meat Loaf)
The dried fruit in this curried South African meat loaf offsets its cayenne spiciness, while its almond crust adds a crunchy counterpoint to the tender ground meat.
Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strongly brewed hot black tea
  • 12 cup raisins
  • 12 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 12 sp. ground cumin
  • 12 sp. ground fenugreek (available at Indian Foods Company)
  • 12 sp. ground black pepper
  • 14 sp. ground fennel
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. malt or apple cider vinegar
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 8 oz. ground lamb
  • 14 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Combine tea, raisins, and apricots in a bowl; let sit for 30 minutes. Drain, and reserve ⅓ cup soaking liquid; set both aside. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook until lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add turmeric, coriander, cayenne, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, fennel, and salt; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add reserved soaked fruit and soaking liquid and vinegar; cook until almost all liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl; add beef and lamb, and mix until evenly combined. Transfer meat mixture to a foil-lined baking sheet, and shape into an 8″ × 4″ loaf; press almonds over top of meat loaf, and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat loaf reads 160°, about 40 minutes.