cowboy ‘potjie’.

Growing up in an Afrikaans household meant that I was exposed to some of the most ‘interesting’ shows on SABC 2. One of these shows was called “Maak ‘n Las” and was supposed to me a storytelling show with some cooking on the side.┬áIn one episode, one of these recipes appealed to my dad, and we have been making it ever since. It is one of his favourite meals, and it is one of the meals he always insists on making (or helps to make).

Cowboy ‘potjie’ is easy to make and doesn’t take hours and hours to complete. It can be done on the stove top, so no open fires needed.

Here’s the recipe:

In a cast iron pot (flat bottomed) add the following:

a generous helping of oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tsp sugar

let the onions cook until translucent with the sugar, then add

500g rump steak, cut into cubes
500g beef mince

cook until browned, and then add the following:

1tsp chilli & garlic, mixed (more if you’re a fan of either, I usually add 1tsp of each)
1 celery stalk, chopped
brandy and white wine to taste (start with a tot of each, add more if you want)
1tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
a pinch of nutmeg
1 tin of italian tomatoes (the one with the basil and origanum)

then simmer everything for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

after the 20 minutes, add the following:

1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 tin of red kidney beans (juice too)
1 tin of baked beans
1/4 tsp of either mint or basil
1tsp origanum
1tsp thyme

simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

just before serving, add in some chopped coriander leaves

serve on freshly baked bread

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