To cook Potjie the pot is heated and food cooked slowly by only using a small amount of fuel wood, charcoal or even twigs, grass etc. Potjie cooking can also be very competitive and there are many Potjie competitions throughout the country. Ingredients for a basic Potjie: Stewing meat lamb, mutton and chicken are favorites Onions An assortment of vegetables carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, turnips etc Meat stock Oil Instruction: Place your pot over a low heat fire, add oil into the pot and heat, add chopped onion and brown, add meat and brown. Add meat stock to cover the meat, replace lid.
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Season the flour with the salt and pepper. Place it into a Ziploc bag, add in the oxtail pieces and shake well to coat the pieces evenly. Place the butter and olive oil into a Potjiekos pot and heat. Take out the pieces of bacon and in the same oil, place the flour-coated oxtail pieces in and brown them well.
Once browned, take them out and drain them of the excess cooking oil. Proceed to finely dice the carrots and coarsely chop the onions and leeks. Add the chopped and sliced carrots, onions and leeks into the oil. Afterwards, add the browned oxtail pieces, fried bacon, bouquet garnish, bay leaf, ground peppercorns, crushed garlic, tomato paste, red wine and sherry. Mix well and bring to a boil.
Let it cook slowly on medium heat for 3 to 4 hours. With 1 hour left on the set cooking time, cut the remaining carrots into 1-inch pieces. Add the chopped carrots and button mushrooms into the Potjiekos stew and let it continue to cook slowly.
Make sure the meat is soft and tender. Right before serving, add in the half cup of cream and stir it into the stew. If you wish to thicken the sauce, mix in some cornflour with the cream before adding it into the stew. Once ready, take off the heat and serve with the desired side dish. Image: youtube. The beef Potjie recipes included in this article are guaranteed to bring the family together. The rich flavours remind each and every person what home truly feels like.
And what is a home without some amazing cooking and of course, a little meaty and vegetable goodness that is present in Potjiekos? With several different variations to the traditional meaty dish Potjiekos recipes beef , you can add your little twist and pile up on the complimentary flavours to create a meal your family will never forget.
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Later the black pot accompanied the pioneers who moved into the country. It is believed that the potjie came from the Dutch ancestors of the South Africans, who brought with them heavy iron cooking pots which hung from hooks over the open hearth. These cast-iron pots retained heat well and could be kept simmering over a few embers. Rounded, potbellied pots were used for cooking tender roasts and stews as they allowed steam to circulate instead of escape through the lid. The flat-bottomed iron pans heated more quickly and were used to bake crusty loaves of bread in Dutch ovens. What sets potjiekos apart from these traditional cooking methods, is the fact that it is cooked outside. When the pot was moved from the kitchen hearth to a fire in the open bush, it became a potjie and part of the South African cooking heritage.
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