Recipe For Ostrich Bobotie With Mealie Meal Cakes

Ostrich Bobotie With Mealie Meal Cakes
Ostrich Bobotie With Braaid Mealie Meal Cakes

As soon as I saw the challenge theme and ingredients for round 3 of Freshly Blogged I knew I was going to make bobotie – or a version thereof, using the ostrich sausage. To me, bobotie is the quintessential South African dish, together with melk tart, koeksisters and mealie pap! Given that mealie meal was one of our ingredients I knew this was going to be a real challenge for me. I have probably tried to make mealie pap 5 times before, and it has not worked for me once. I have used various recipes to no avail. I decided that I would make mealie meal cakes, and I was so relieved when they worked out perfectly. I also braaid for the first time ever, and in a howling South Easter it was a real challenge. This dish has bites that alternate between sweet due to the dried fruit and spicy from the curry powder. Accompanied by chutney and a glass of the Drostdy-Hof Claret that I also used for cooking, the dish is warming and hearty.


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Ostrich Bobotie With Braaid Mealie Meal Cakes

Prep Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 6


For the mealie meal cakes

  • 250 mls water
  • 250 mls milk
  • 2.5 mls salt
  • 100 g mealie meal
  • Salt flakes for sprinkling

For the ostrich bobotie

  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 10 mls mild curry powder
  • 2.5 mls ground cinnamon
  • 500 g ostrich sausage taken out of the casing
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 30 mls mild chutney
  • 125 mls Red Wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 130 g mix of dried peaches and dried apricots chopped
  • 100 g green beans cut into bite size pieces
  • Chutney for serving

For the bobotie topping

  • 2 eggs
  • 100 mls cream
  • 100 mls milk
  • 0.625 mls ground cinnamon


For the mealie meal cakes

  • Line a 24cm square baking tin (or closest size you have)
  • Bring the water and the milk to the boil in a medium sized pot
  • Slowly whisk in the mealie meal
  • Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and continue whisking for 5 minutes
  • Quickly pour the mealie meal into the baking tin and flatten it with a spatula
  • Leave to cool

For the ostrich bobotie

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat
  • When hot add the butter
  • Once the butter has melted sauté the onions until soft
  • Add the spices and cook until aromatic
  • Add the ostrich meat and cook until browned, breaking it up as it cooks
  • Add the zest and cook for one minute
  • Add the lemon juice, chutney and wine
  • Season to taste and cook until the liquid has reduced by half
  • Add the dried fruit and mix in
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool

To serve

  • Light your braai and preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Add the beans to the meat and mix in
  • Make the topping by whisking together the eggs, cream, milk and cinnamon
  • Transfer the meat to an oven proof dish
  • Pour the topping over the meat
  • Place the dish into a roasting pan and fill the pan halfway with hot water
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Cut 6 squares out of the mealie meal
  • Brush both sides with olive oil
  • Cook for 2 minutes a side on the braai (if you don’t have a braai, use a griddle pan on the stove)
  • Sprinkle with salt flakes once you remove them from the heat
  • Serve a square of mealie meal cake with a square of the bobotie and some chutney on the side


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Ingrdients For Round 3 Of Freshly Blogged

Disclosure: This challenge was sponsored by Drostdy-Hof for the Freshly Blogged Challenge. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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