Beef Potjie

How to impress your mates with your overnight pro chef cooking skills.

Ingredients

  • 1 x Big Onion sliced in 5mm rings
  • 200g Chopped Bacon (small pieces)
  • 2 kg Beef Cubes
  • 500g Fresh Mushrooms sliced or whole
  • 2 x 250g Punnet mixed Yellow and Green Pattypan squash
  • 5 large Potatoes chopped in 1/4’s or 10 Baby Potatoes
  • 1 x 500g Punnet Baby Brinjals (Eggplant)
  • 1 x 250g Punnet Baby Marrows
  • 100ml Olive Oil
  • 1 x Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 x Table spoon Black Pepper crushed
  • 3 x Table spoons of Aromat or 2 x Table spoons of table salt
  • Then the most important ingredients – 3 x Castle Lite’s 340ml dumpies (one is to sip on while you nurse your fire and take in the phenomenal smells from your pot and fire, if needed have a few more on standby if that one just don’t hit the spot). 2 of those Castle Lite’s will be going into your pot and the reason for that awesome flavours you will be enjoying with your friends and family.

Method

  1. You will need two fires, one to maintain the other. Start your fire (main fire) I love cooking with wood as it adds to the flavour but this is up to you. As soon as your fire is up and going where you can take some of the coal to heat up your pot, you do not need a lot of coals to heat up your pot so be mind full that you have a Cast Iron pot and with that it maintains heat well. Do not neglect your main fire as you will be needing to feed your cooking fire.
  2. As soon as you find that your Cast iron pot is hot, add your Olive oil
  3. Add your Bacon pieces frying them for about a minute
  4. Add your Onion slices to your pot frying them for about a minute with your Bacon pieces
  5. Add your Paprika, Black Pepper and Salt (Aromat), stirring it into your Onion and Bacon mix giving it about 2 minutes to pull into your Onions and Bacon
  6. Add your Beef cubes stirring it into your mix having all cube coated with the spices closing the pot giving it a 5 minute simmering time to get all the flavours to mix. if your pot is to hot you will have to stir it more often so that the meat do not burn.
  7. Now to crack those Castle Lite’s and add it to your pot, you will find the pot cool down rather quickly when you add that beer so make sure your coals under your pot is topped up and hot.
  8. Let your Potjie cook for about 10 minutes then add your Potatoes just placing them on top of your meat, you will find the Potatoes will be submerged in your beer mix. Close your pot making sure your pot is just simmering. Sit back and enjoy another Cold Castle Lite with your Friends and Family giving your pot 20 minutes of cooking time.
  9. You will find your potatoes should be soft by now, add the rest of your veggies to the pot also just placing them on top of the meat and potatoes. Close your pot with the lid and give it another 15 minutes on a medium heat.
  10. Your Potjie is ready for a stir getting all your veggies into your beer sauce, after the stir let it simmer for another 10 minutes and BOOM ready for you and your peeps to enjoy, you can serve it with Rice, Bread or even Mash Potatoes but this is up to you. Remember this is a day event so make sure you have a fun crowed around you and to keep some for tomorrow. A Potjie is always better the next day.

Chef Johan’s moto: Good food takes time so take your time when cooking and ALWAYS taste your food as you go. You can add but never take out.

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