One-Pan Bobotie Casserole

One-pan bobotie casserole | All that's Jas

 Bursting with flavors, slightly sweetened with apricot jam and simple to prepare, the bobotie will quickly become your family's new favorite meal.

South African One-Pan Bobotie

Tired of the same old ground beef recipes? Then you will love this bobotie casserole, a traditional dish of South Africa, because you don’t need a new skill to make it. Bursting with flavors, slightly sweetened with apricot jam and simple to prepare, the bobotie will quickly become your family’s new favorite meal. Best of all, it’s made in one pan and thus a perfect solution for busy weekday dinners. Less time cleaning up = more time with your family.

 

I wasn’t sure how to pronounce bobotie correctly so I searched for it and found these three ways. My pronunciation was much like #3 and I’m also guessing that’s the correct one (because they said so, ha!)

  1. Cambridge Dictionary
  2. YouTube
  3. rightpronaunciation.com

 

This South African casserole is similar to that of Greek Moussaka, minus the potatoes. It is traditionally served with yellow rice, which is also flavored with spices and sweetened with sultanas (golden raisins). But I suspect it could be served with potatoes or even alone. Leftovers are great for brunch!

 

I love that we can make small changes and still enrich our food experience. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes go to great lengths for a fabulous meal or a dessert, but on most days I just want something simple without having to rotate same dishes over and over.

 

That’s where the spices and herbs come in. They make such a broad palette of flavors in an easy and inexpensive way. Not sure how to pair them? Grab my FREE recipes to 30 homemade spice blends (or sign up on the bottom of this post) and receive a list of popular spices by cuisine delivered to your email as well. It’s a great aide in experiencing flavors from around the world. More about spices and herbs 101 later on. Stay tuned. 😉

 

When my (South African-native) talented friend Michelle told me bobotie is her favorite dish and that I should make it, I hesitated. I assumed that it must be complicated or at least that it uses to me unknown ingredients.  I was wrong (my husband is writing down this date, lol). It’s as simple as it was making their oatmeal cookie bars.

 

Bobotie is like making a meatloaf without getting your hands dirty. Everything is cooked in one skillet and then the same skillet goes into the oven. Easy-peasy and delicious. It’s so good, I made it twice in a week!

 

South African ground beef dish

My first bobotie in a casserole dish

 

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One-Pan Bobotie Casserole Recipe

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Beautiful dish traditional to South Africa made in one pot

 

INGREDIENTS:

Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon each curry and turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger and cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon smooth apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup sultanas (golden raisins), optional
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4-5 bay leaves

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • You can add 1/2 cup sliced almonds to the meat mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to a small casserole dish if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet.

 

ESSENTIALS

for One-Pot Bobotie Casserole


 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large cast iron or oven-safe skillet, cook the onion and garlic in the oil. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper and cook until meat is browned and crumbly. Use a wooden spoon or a fork to break down large lumps.
  2. Add the carrot and lemon juice and mix through. Stir in the spices, jam, and sultanas if using. Add the breadcrumbs and broth and mix to combine. If the mixture is too crumbly add more broth, one tablespoon at a time. Level the mixture with the back of a spoon.
  3. Lightly whisk together the eggs and milk. Pour the milk and egg mixture (the custard) over the meat mixture and lay the bay leaves on top.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes or until the egg custard is set and golden brown in color. Serve with rice.

 

 

Hot one skillet casserole out of the oven

Delicious recipe for bobotie in one pan

5 from 12 votes
Ground beef and apricot jam casserole
South African One-Pan Bobotie Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Bursting with flavors and simple to prepare, this one-pan bobotie casserole is a perfect dinner solution for your busy weekdays.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large carrot peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon each curry and turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger and cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon smooth apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup sultanas  (golden raisins), optional
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4-5 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. In a large cast iron or oven-safe skillet, cook the onion and garlic in the oil. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper and cook until meat is browned and crumbly. Use a wooden spoon or a fork to break down large lumps.
  2. Add the carrot and lemon juice and mix through. Stir in the spices, jam, and sultanas if using. Add the breadcrumbs and broth and mix to combine. If the mixture is too crumbly add more broth, one tablespoon at a time. Level the mixture with the back of a spoon.
  3. Lightly whisk together the eggs and milk. Pour the milk and egg mixture (the custard) over the meat mixture and lay the bay leaves on top.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes or until the egg custard is set and golden brown in color. Serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

• Replace fruit chutney with apricot jam, if you prefer.
• You can add 1/2 cup sliced almonds to the meat mixture.
• Transfer the mixture to a small casserole dish if you don't have an oven-safe skillet.

Pin it: One-Pan Bobotie Casserole with Apricot Jam

 

Flavorful and simple to prepare, this one-pan South African bobotie casserole is a perfect dinner solution for your busy weekdays. Spiced with cinnamon, turmeric, curry, and ginger and slightly sweetened with apricot jam, it's a party for your taste buds.

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44 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    March 15, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Such interesting ingredients! Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED 🙂
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      Jas
      March 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks, Kelly!

  2. Reply
    Sandra L Garth
    March 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve been pretty good at guessing which recipes are yours in the lineup and this is another one I’d love to try. These days I’m big on one-pot meals and the Mr.is going to love this one also. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Oh my, am I so predictable? LOL Thank you, Sandra! I’m so happy you like it. Enjoy the rest of your week! x

  3. Reply
    Donna Reidland
    March 14, 2018 at 6:19 am

    This sounds very delicious and a change of pace. My mother-in-law used to make something she called hamburger pie. The seasonings were different, but the main ingredients much the same. I’m going to pin this and give it a try soon!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      That’s the beauty of spices! Use different ones with the same dish and you’ll have a different outcome each time! 😀

  4. Reply
    Miz Helen
    March 13, 2018 at 11:04 am

    This looks like a very flavorful dish that we will really enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

  5. Reply
    lisa
    March 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I’ve never heard of this before, but the combination looks delicious. We’d like it with chicken or beef; I love finding new recipes to put into rotation. Thanks for sharing Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      You’re welcome, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Reply
    Rhiana L Jones
    March 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    So yummy looking!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Rhiana!

  7. Reply
    Susan Jackson
    March 12, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I am so glad to find this in the blog hop today. It looks so yummy! I am saving this in Pinterest and will make it very soon. I MUST try this! Thanks for doing so well at teaching us how to do it.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks, Susan!

  8. I’m going to be “forced” to make this just to see what it tastes like…it sounds heavenly!
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      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Haha, Colleen! You won’t be sorry. 🙂

  9. Reply
    Abbey
    March 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Hey Jas! I’ll be honest….there is a lot in this recipe that I am usually not a lover of. BUT I am a firm believer that you have to try everything once!! I also like that it isn’t an “American” recipe! I think it’s good to try from different cuisines!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Hey, Abbey! I totally understand and give you the credit for trying at least once. 😀

  10. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    March 11, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at the what’s for dinner link up! Now I need to check to see if I’m saying Bo-Bo-Tie correctly!
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    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Haha, Helen! I don’t think anyone will call you out on it if you don’t. 😉

  11. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    March 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Looks great Jas and an extra bonus if you don’t have to get your hands dirty 🙂 Thank you for linking up with us at #BloggersPitStop and have a great week.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you, Sue! Glad you like it. X

  12. Reply
    laura
    March 9, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to use ground beef! This is something I’ve never seen before so SCORE!! Pinned it. Thanks for coming by the Friday Frenzy I appreciate you!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 10, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Yay! I’m always thrilled about new recipes too, especially when they turn out super delicious.

  13. Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    March 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Oh my goodness! A South African friend of mine made this for me once, and I’ve wanted to make it ever since! This is such a gorgeous dish—not to mention delicious, and all made in one pan! That’s win-win-WIN in my book!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 10, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Lucky you! All my South African friends live in, well…South Africa and just tell me to make it myself, lol. Thanks for stopping in!

  14. Reply
    Donna Parker
    March 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this and have never tried it unless someone was calling it something else lol 😉 But I want to try it now, bookmarking and sharing. Yum. Thank you kindly. Dropped by from #FridayFrivolity but always glad to be here. 🙂
    Hope this weekend is a wonder. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 10, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      I’m not sure if there’s another name for it, Donna, but whatever they call it, it sure is delicious. 😀

  15. Reply
    TurksWhoEat
    March 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    This sounds really wonderful. I love the addition of a little sweetness from the jam and the raisins.
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      Jas
      March 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Me too! Such a nice sweet note. Thank you!

  16. Reply
    Carole from Carole's Chatter
    March 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Jas, I tried to do a Bobotie once but it didn’t turn out all that well. I’d be honoured if you would share this with everyone over at Food on Friday: March. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter
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      Jas
      March 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Carole! Hope you’ll give it another chance.

  17. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    March 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Sounds absolutely delicious Jas; if I didn’t already have pork chops in the slow cooker I would be making it tonight. However, I’ve pinned it & I’ve already pulled out the meat to make it tomorrow. My whole family absolutely loved the bars, so I’m sure this will also be a hit. Thanks for another inspiration!

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      Jas
      March 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      You know how to make my day, Mrs. Shoes! I’m ecstatic that you want to try it. Thank you! Hope your week is going great so far.

  18. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    March 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    We love Bobotie! One of our dear friends from South Africa taught us how to make this several years ago and it has been a winter favorite ever since. The spices, the heat and the slight sweetness really add a special dimension of flavor. Just pinned!

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      Jas
      March 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Oh, lucky you! You got the recipe firsthand. Thanks for pinning! Enjoy the rest of your week. X

  19. Reply
    Tatiana
    March 7, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I joined a link up and noticed your post with the cast iron thumbnail. I was just wondering if you weatherize your pan and if so how?
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      Jas
      March 7, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Hi, Tatiana! I do and I use a bit of olive oil to season the pan. Spread it with paper towel and make sure not to leave the pan soaked in oil. I also make sure to dry my cast iron dishes as soon as I wash them, so they don’t rust. Never leave them soaked in water and it’s best to clean them right away too. It is suggested to heat the pan on the stovetop after you season it with oil, but I don’t do it and I don’t have any problems with my technique. Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  20. Reply
    Barbara Windle
    March 6, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I would love to try this. It looks so good. I have pinned it.

  21. Reply
    Milena
    March 6, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Looks absolutely amazing, Jas! Such a complexity of flavors too, I’d love to try my hand at your bobotie.
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  22. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    March 6, 2018 at 8:41 am

    You did it!!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it too Jas. The recipe sounds spot on. There’s apricot jam (appelkoos konfyt) and carrots and all the beautiful spices that make it such a special dish. Thank you for taking up the challenge. You’re the best and I had to smile a little when I heard the pronunciations. It’s almost like me trying to say New Orleans with “Nollins” accent. I tried my best to figure out how to write it like we say it – baaa-boor-tea. The boor bit is like poor but with a “b” if that makes any kind of sense 😀
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      Jas
      March 7, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I’ll never get the pronunciation right – heck, I still struggle with English. LOL. So, there’s no R in spelling but you kind of pronounce it. Interesting…We really enjoyed this dish! Thanks for challenging me 😀

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        Michelle Leslie
        March 9, 2018 at 11:24 pm

        😉 You’re a star Jaz and who cares how to pronounce it as long as it was lekker 😉
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          Jas
          March 10, 2018 at 10:47 pm

          It was really lecker (as the Germans say). 😀

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