In an earlier post I said I would explain to you some real, traditional South African dishes and give you the recipe to try at home. Well, let me start you off with a main course. It is called a Potjie Kos (pronounced poi-key koss) which literally translates to ‘little pot food’. The dish however is normally made over the fire in quite a big iron pot because it is well loved. This meat “stew”, as close a title as I can give it, is a huge favourite among South Africans. This meal is from the Afrikaans culture.
A potjie can be made with all sorts of different meats, but the favourite seems to be made with Oxtail. It is also made with Brandy, another South African favourite! It slow cooks for hours but requires little effort. Just always remember the number one rule: Never stir a potjie! Below is a recipe I have found.
Oxtail Potjie recipe
2 large oxtails, cut into joints
1/3 cup cooking oil
2 large onions, sliced into fairly thick rounds
6 bay leaves
4 chopped cloves of garlic
4 large carrots, scraped and cut into chunky wheels
the juice of one lemon
a good grind of black pepper
a dash of Worcester sauce
6 potatoes, peeled and halved
1/3 cup of brandy
water to cover
Heat the oil in the potjie(or a pot), then brown the meat quickly over high heat with the onion. Add the bay leaves, garlic, cloves, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and carrots. Add enough water to barely cover.
Let it simmer away very slowly for four hours, then add the potatoes and the brandy and let it simmer until the potatoes are done and the meat is falling off the bone tender.
Remember NO STIRRING!
Serve with rice, crispy fresh bread and a green salad.
Enjoy a taste of Africa!