Venison potjie

The “basic” recipe is here and my photos are shown below.

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Visit Potjiekosworld and read about our South African culture “When the first Dutch settlers arrived in the Cape, they brought with them their ways of cooking food in heavy cast iron pots, which hung from the kitchen hearth above the fire.

Long before the arrival of the early settlers in the Cape, the Bantu people who were migrating into South Africa, learned the use of the cast iron cooking pot from Arab traders and later the Portuguese colonists.

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These cast iron pots were able to retain heat well and only a few coals were needed to keep the food simmering for hours. They were used to cook tender roasts and stews, allowing steam to circulate inside instead of escaping through the lid.

The ingredients were relatively simple, a fatty piece of meat, a few potatoes and some vegetables were all that was needed to cook a delightful meal.” Read more here.

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My step-by-step mutton curry potjie recipe is here.

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4 thoughts on “Venison potjie”

  1. OH MY! This looks delish! I loooove spicy soups! And your recipe seems simple enough! …

    That said, I would LOVE to try this in South Africa! … Never been … and not a fan of venison. Do know if they have other meat alternatives or vegetarian in South Africa?

  2. Fantastic article Andrew. I hope this introduces a whole new group of people to the traditions and world of South African cooking traditions with its exciting mix of influences. I will look forward to your future adventures!

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