Now, as I am a new blogger, many of you will not know that I am actually from South Africa! I would like to share with you our favorite form of comfort food. Potjiekos! Pronounced “poy-kee-kos” it is the Afrikaans word for “pot food”. It is essentially a slow-cooked stew made in a potjie (pot) or cauldron on an open fire.
Now, I understand that many of you won’t have a potjie pot or cauldron so you CAN also make these stews in a large pot on the stove over a medium-low heat.
There are, literally, thousands of potjiekos recipes out there, but this is my favourite:
Beef and Beer Potjiekos
- 15 ml cake flour
- 5 ml paprika
- 1kg beef fillet, cubed
- 15 ml butter
- 15 ml oil
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 15 ml white sugar
- 18 green beans, cut up
- 6 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
- 4-5 baby potatoes, washed and halved
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- (I love spicy food, especially in winter, so if you want you can also add a chilli (pepper) or two!)
- 15 ml mixed herbs
- 375 ml beer
- 250 ml beef stock
- 1 packet tomato soup powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 15 ml vinegar
- 10 ml corn flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- Coat the meat with a mixture of the flour and paprika. Heat the oil and butter in the pot and brown the meat.
- Remove the meat and brown the onions, garlic and sugar until the onions are nice and soft.
- Place the meat back into the pot and stir in the herbs, spices (chilli if you want), beer, beef stock, soup powder and bay leaf.
- Cover with the lid and allow the pot to reach a simmer for 1.5 hours or until the meat is tender. HERE IS THE TRICK TO POTJIEKOS: try not to stir the mix too often (once or twice is okay), if you have it at a low-medium heat it will not burn!
- Add the beans, carrots and potatoes and cover with the lid and allow the pot to simmer for a further 30 minutes.
This recipe should feed about 5-6 people and is best served with rice or over buttery mashed potatoes!
I hope you enjoy this meal and feel the fire of South African culture as it warms your belly!!