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Beef and Beer Potjie Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Carolina Van Dalen
Added: Saturday, November 22, 2008

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 tsp cake flour
1 tsp paprika
2 lbs. beef fillet, cubed
3 tsp. butter
3 tsp. cooking oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
3 tsp white sugar
8 green beans, sliced
4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp mixed dried herbs or marjoram
1 Bottle of beer
1 Cup beef stock
1 packet tomato soup powder
1 bay leaf
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp cornflour
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Directions:
Combine the paprika and flour and place in a plastic bag. Add the meat cubes and shake well to coat the meat. Melt the butter and oil in the pot and brown the meat over medium hot coals. Remove and set aside. Fry the onions and sugar, stirring now and then until the onions are tender. Add the beans, carrots and garlic and simmer for 5 minutes.
Return the meat to the pot and stir in the herbs, beer, stock, soup powder and bay leaf. replace the lid and simmer till the meat is tender, approximate 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir occasionally, using a wooden spoon.
Mix the vinegar and cornflower and stir in. Simmer until the gravy has thickened and season with salt and pepper.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
15 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This requires some explanation first, a few years ago the "Potjie" craze took over in South Africa as an alternative to the traditional BBQ. A "Potjie" is a 3 legged round bottomed cast iron pot where you put your ingredients in, and it simmers merrily over coals while everyone sits around it chatting away. and sipping you know what.. It's much more sociable than a BBQ where the men usually gather round the fire and the women are usually busy in the kitchen, but don't get me wrong, this is strictly a male domain and the women are only required to do the side dishes. Everyone usually has his own "secret" ingredients and "Potjie" competitions are very popular at fairs. I am not sure if you can buy "Potjies" outside of South Africa, but any large pot with a thick base and a lid should do.....

 

 

 

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