Jo’burg Bobotie

Recipe c/o South African stone fruit.

Jo’burg Bobotie. Our recipe for South Africa’s national dish is similar to a spicy moussaka – and it makes a great family meal.

How To Make Jo’burg Bobotie:

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

You Will Need:

  • 2 South African peaches or nectarines
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 350g sweet potato, peeled and sliced (roughly 5mm rounds)
  • 350g lean minced beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp dried oregano or marjoram
  • 150g tomato puree
  •  5tbsp red wine or water
  • 50g sultanas
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 large eggs
  • 200g Greek-style yogurt
  • 100g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

How To Make:

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Halve, pit and chop the South African peaches or nectarines. Set aside.

2 Put the oil into a baking dish. Arrange the sweet potato slices in the base, turning them to coat. Bake for 20- 25 minutes, or until tender.

3 Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan and add the mince, a handful at a time, cooking for 3-4 minutes until browned. Add the onion, garlic and pepper and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the spices and herbs, tomato puree, red wine or water and sultanas and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the chopped South African peaches or nectarines and stir them in. Season.

4 Spoon into the baking dish over the cooked sweet potato, levelling the surface. Cool a little while making the topping.

5 Beat together the eggs and yogurt, then stir in half the cheese. Season and pour over the mince mixture, sprinkling the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden brown.

Cook’s Tip: Freeze if you like, then reheat thoroughly from frozen for about 45 minutes

Recipe c/o South African stone fruit.

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  1. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    15th November 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Wow this sounds so good!

  2. JIG K
    16th November 2017 / 6:04 am

    wow Sounds fantastic.

  3. Kezzie
    16th November 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I ate this when I was in SA last Christmas but I found it really heavygoing in that Summer weather!

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