Tomato bredie

Tomato bredie

This is really yummy and you will need a good amount of fresh bread to mop up the sauce. Try to keep a little for the next day, somehow it just tastes better the next day. it’s about as close to home style boere comfort food that you get so for those of you living outside SA, go on make it and smile when you remember this fantastic country of ours. (serves 8 people)

What you need

25 ml butter or sunflower oil
2 large onions chopped into fairly large pieces
1 clove garlic
1.5 kg stewing lamb, you can use knuckels, neck or regular stewing lamb but knuckles are seriously good.
about a teaspoon of salt
ground pepper to taste
little stock, water or wine
1/2 kg potatoes into bite size pieces
1/2 kg medium tomatoes, skinned and chopped
2 tins peeled chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
pinch of thyme
1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram

The process

Heat the butter in a large saucepan and cook the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes or until the onions are transparent.

Add the meat and brown quickly on all sides. Add the salt, pepper and a little stock, water or wine. Cover the pot and simmer for around 1 and 1/2 hours. The meat should start to feel tenter.

Add the potatoes, tomatoes, sugar, thyme and marjoram and stew for a another hour or so, let it simmer away slowly and develop into a rich tomatoey sauce.

That’s it, South Africa in a pot! Serve with loads of warm crusty bread or mashed potatoes. If you like tomato Bredie, you will also love this easy beef casserole recipe.