Thuli Gogela of www.mzanzistylecuisine.co.za fame is one of my favourite food writers. She writes of true South African Cuisine, the cuisine of the people. A former food technologist and product developer, she has a fine touch with food. Do visit her website.
Here she re-interprets one of the country’s favourite foods, with a healthy dose of wit and style. Her boerewors balls, made with the meat taken out of its casing and flavoured with tomato, chutney, a dollop of sour cream and some other delicious extras, marry local flavours in a fresh, original and classy way that’s hard to resist.
Serve it with lusciously juicy and spicy Nederburg Baronne 2013, South Africa’s classic red blend that’s in a class all of its own, and you’ll make a truly memorable meal.
Boerewors balls with tomato & basil sauce
+/- 450g boerewors, removed from casing
45ml (3 Tbsp) fine breadcrumbs
15ml (1 Tbsp) canola or olive oil
3 spring onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
½ red, yellow or green pepper, chopped
1 red chilli, seeds removed and chopped
3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
45ml (3 Tbsp) tomato paste
30ml (2 Tbsp) sweet and sour sauce
15ml (1 Tbsp) chutney
15ml (1 Tbsp) red wine vinegar
30ml (2 Tbsp) sour cream
1 chicken stock cube, crumbled
Handful fresh basil, chopped
2.5ml (½ tsp) dried mixed herbs
400ml (1 can) red kidney beans, drained
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
In a bowl, combine the boerewors and breadcrumbs. Form balls and place them on a greased baking tray.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
In a medium sized saucepan, heat the oil on the stove and sauté the onion, garlic, pepper and chilli for approximately 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sweet and sour sauce, chutney, red wine vinegar and sour cream.
Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the stock cube, fresh basil, dried herbs and beans. Add water if necessary. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
Gently add the boerewors balls and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
Remove from the heat and serve on a bed of mashed potatoes, pap or spaghetti.
Information from De Kock Communications