Enjoy a twist on the South Africa favourite with this mushroom bobotie recipe.

What is bobotie?

In a nutshell, bobotie is a spiced beef minced meat dish with an egg-based topping, usually made with some sweetness from fruits, chutney, or jam.

Here, the recipe adds some mushrooms for a lighter twist.

This recipe serves 6 – 8.


Ingredients for the bobotie:

  • 750g mushrooms (portabello, portabellini or button)
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup fruit chutney
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for the topping:

How To Make Bobotie – Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C.
  2. Cut mushrooms into smaller pieces, if necessary, and then place them into the bowl of a food processor. Process in batches until finely chopped.
  3. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan (or oven-safe cast iron/buffet casserole). Fry mushrooms until completely dry and golden brown. Fry in batches if necessary. Set aside in a bowl.
  4. Add the beef mince to the same pan, and fry until beginning to brown. Add the onion, garlic, curry powder, and turmeric. Cook until tender and fragrant.
  5. Add the cooked mushrooms back into the mince mixture.
  6. Add in vinegar, worcestershire sauce, chutney, and raisins. Adjust seasoning.
  7. Level out filling in an oven safe-dish.
  8. Separately, whisk together topping ingredients, and season well.
  9. Gently pour the egg custard onto the top of the mushroom and mince filling. Scatter with bay leaves and bake for 45 – 60 minutes until set and deeply golden brown.
  10. Serve bobotie with sambal and yellow rice.

Mushroom Bobotie Recipe Notes

This Mushroom Bobotie recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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