Bobotie – A South African Meat Pie

From the link in which this recipe came: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Bobotie-South-African-Meat-Pie 

I almost feel uncomfortable describing bobotie as a type of meat loaf, because it’s so much more than that. A Cape Town specialty and one of South Africa’s best-known dishes, it generally consists of spiced meat—normally beef, sometimes lamb—mixed with chutney and tamarind paste and milk-soaked bread, poured into a dish, topped with a custard of egg and milk, and baked until it’s golden on top. The dish’s origins go back to the mid-17th century, when the first Malay slaves were brought to the Cape of Good Hope, and with them, their cooking. At the same time Dutch colonizers brought a taste for sweet things—hence the golden raisins mixed in with the meat; Indian immigrants, who began arriving in the late 19th century, contributed warming curry spices, giving rise to the classically Cape Malay balancing act between sour, spicy, sweet, and savory flavors that makes bobotie so satisfying. Often almonds are part of the recipe, and even bananas, but there are limits to what you can do and still call it bobotie. I believe the traditional way is the best way. —Reuben Riffel, chef-owner of the Reuben’s restaurants in South Africa

  • 2 oz. Asian tamarind paste
  • 2 slices square white sandwich bread
  • 12 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 lb. ground lamb shoulder (I used ground lamb)
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 14 cup sliced almonds (I omitted this)
  • 3 tbsp. golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Break tamarind paste into small pieces and place in a small bowl; cover with 12 cup boiling water, and let sit until soft, about 30 minutes. Massage and stir paste and water together with your fingers until paste dissolves; pour through a fine strainer into a bowl, and set tamarind juice aside. Meanwhile, tear bread into small pieces and place in a small bowl; cover with 14 cup milk and let sit until bread soaks up milk; set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat; add lamb, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned all over and all moisture evaporates, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and set aside. Return skillet to heat along with butter, and add onions and garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder and sugar, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes; transfer to bowl with lamb along with reserved tamarind juice, soaked bread, 3 tbsp. almonds, raisins, lemon juice and zest, and 1 egg. Season with salt and pepper, and mix until evenly combined. Transfer to a 9″ deep-dish pie plate, and spread evenly over the bottom.

Heat oven to 375°. Whisk together remaining milk and egg in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper, and pour over meat mixture in dish. Bake until custard is set on top, golden brown, and meat mixture is heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining almonds; let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Spiced Lamb Hand Pies, or Pie as it were…

I got this recipe from Bon Appetit, they usually come through with culinary some gold. this was no exception!
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (or white balsamic)
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries and blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ pound ground lamb
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Double recipe pie crust
  • All-purpose flour (for surface)
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend

Directions:

Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Add currants; set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until browned and softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomato paste, cumin, ginger, cardamom, and turmeric and cook until fragrant and sticky, about 1 minute. Add lamb and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer. Stir in peas; cook until bright green, about 5 minutes. Drain reserved currants and add to lamb along with parsley. Let cool.

Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°. Working with one at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 12” squares. Cut each into 4 squares; transfer to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Spoon filling onto one side of squares, leaving ½” border. Brush edges with egg and fold dough over filling. Press to seal; crimp with a fork. Cut a few vents in tops; brush with egg.

Bake until pies are golden brown, 30–35 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Note: Or, you can do it as a regular full size meat pie like I did.

Recipe Link: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spiced-lamb-hand-pies