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Curried Beef Casserole with Fruit and Almonds

Curried Beef CasseroleRecipe by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, FAND, CFCS

Often considered the national dish of South Africa, bobotie, or curried beef casserole, comes from its immigrant influences, especially from those of Malay descent. Made with lean ground beef, lamb, or a combination and topped with an egg-milk custard, this meatloaf-like dish gets its fragrant aroma, distinct flavor and texture from fruit, almonds and curry spices. Serve with chutney as a condiment and with basmati rice on the side.

Ingredients

2 pounds ground lean beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 tart apple, cored and chopped in ½-inch pieces
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted *
1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) chopped, dried apricots
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 large egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup low-fat or fat-free milk
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Cooking spray

Topping

1 cup low-fat or fat-free milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground bay leaf

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine the beef with garlic, curry powder, turmeric, salt and black pepper in a large bowl.  Mix well.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs, onion, apple, almonds, apricots, raisins, egg, ¼ cup milk, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Mix until ingredients are well blended.
  4. Coat a 12-x-7½-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer the beef mixture to the baking dish, leveling to make the surface flat. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile make the topping, by combining the 1 cup milk, eggs, and bay leaf in a small bowl. Whisk together. Set side.
  6. After the casserole has baked for 30 minutes, remove the foil. Pour the topping over the casserole. Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes until the casserole is cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF and the topping is golden brown and the eggs are set.

Cooking Note

  • Toast the almonds in a small, heavy dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the skillet frequently for 1 to 2 minutes until golden to release the flavorful oils.

Nutrition Information

Serves 8.

Calories: 350; Calories from fat: 120; Total fat: 13g; Saturated fat: 3.5g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 150mg; Sodium: 280mg; Total carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary fiber: 4g; Sugars: 14g; Protein: 32g