Information about South African Potjiekos
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has been cooked in South African at the time of the very first
settlement at the Cape. It's basically a stew in which the meat and
seasonings are cooked with very little liquid, with vegetables added in layers
on top of the meat.
key is to have a close fitting lid, not to stir the stew after the initial
browning of the meat and not to add too much liquid. There should only be just
enough stock or wine to keep the meat from burning.
the ingredients for this dish are very simple: a piece of fatty meat which was
rendered down and in which meat such as game, mutton or beef but especially the
tougher cuts are browned, onions, seasonings such as herbs, wine or stock
and vegetables like potatoes or cabbage. It is set over an open fire, covered and simmered
under tender. Venison and game birds
are also fantastic cooked in potjies.
many South Africans have their "secret" ingredient which sets their
potjiekos apart from all the others and this style of cooking has become so
popular in certain areas that they even hold competitions to see who can make
the best one.
must be made of the Potjie - a large cauldron like pot with a lid, made of cast
iron which has three legs and a handle or chain. The Dutch cooked food over the
kitchen fire in this black cast-iron pot, probably called "a pot" or the
Dutch equivalent, which hung from a chain. It was at the point when it was moved
outdoors and used over open fires it became known as The Potjie.
design made it a must for the people in the cape who undertook the great
trek. Its versatility and sturdy nature meant that it could be transported
without fear of damage and set up as, where and when necessary.
this dish lost favour in the everyday cuisine of the Afrikaners during the
Victorian era, the potjie made a come-back during the late 1970's and it
is now possible to buy them today.
are a few Potjiekos recipes for you to try. Don't let the lack of a Potjie
stop you from trying these recipes, so long as you have a heavy based saucepan
with a close fitting lid you can recreate or even create a passable
Neck of Lamb Potjie
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