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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CURRIED MEAT LOAF CASSEROLE, SOUTH-AFRICAN STYLE - BOBOTIE


BOBOTIE - CURRIED MEAT LOAF CASSEROLE

Introduced to South Africa by the Cape Malays, this Indonesian curried meat loaf is to South Africa what Moussaka is to Greece and Lasagna is to Italy.  Traditionally, Bobotie is served with yellow rice (add turmeric), chutney and banana slices dipped in milk.  Another Bobotie that is very popular in South Africa is Fish Bobotie.  

2 slices gluten-free, low-carb bread (See the Plain Bread version of my Jiffy Cinnamon Raisin Bread) , OR
  use a one minute muffin recipe (I have a few under Bake Mixes, Baking and Breads)
2/cup half-and-half cream (150 mL)
2 lbs ground lamb, OR (0.9 kg)
  lean ground beef
1 cup diced onion (250 mL)
1 tbsp curry powder (15 mL)
2 tsp salt (10 mL)
11/tsp ground turmeric (7 mL)
1/tsp black pepper (2 mL)
1/cup slivered almonds, (50 mL)
  (optional)
2 tbsp seedless raisins, (25 mL)
  snipped in half
Low-carb granular or liquid sweetener to equal 2 tbsp sugar (25 mL)
  (this is to balance very savory flavors)
1 tbsp lemon juice (15 mL)
4 eggs
4 bay leaves, (optional)

In small bowl, break low-carb bread in pieces and soak in half-and-half cream. Set aside. In large skillet, fry ground lamb or beef and onion, until meat is browned.  Pour off fat.  Stir in curry powder, salt, turmeric and black pepper. Over small bowl, strain bread and cream mixture (or simply squeeze the liquid out of the bread with your hands); set aside cream.  Stir softened crisp bread or low-carb bread, almonds (if using), raisins, sweetener, lemon juice and 2 eggs into meat mixture until well combined. 

Turn into 2 quart (2 L) casserole dish and press down firmly.  Stick bay leaves in upright position in top of meatloaf.  Bake uncovered in 350°F (180°C) oven 20 minutes.  In small bowl, beat remaining eggs and leftover cream together; pour over meatloaf.  Cover and bake another 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

Yield:  10 servings
1 serving
269.7 calories
20.5 g protein
17.5 g fat
0.5 g fiber
5.7 g carbs 


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