In her recently released South Africa, flavours and traditions, Sophia Lindop offer a range of traditional South African Foods – this is certainly amongst the most favourite of favourites.
4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1½ kg chicken thighs
1 litre chicken stock
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground coriander
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 egg yolk
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp brandy
2 tbsp cream
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 sheets ready-made puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 180° C.
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and fry the onion until soft and transparent. Add the chicken, stock, bay leaves, cloves, coriander, potatoes and carrots, and
cook covered over a medium to low heat for 45 minutes. Remove lid and reduce the juices until the pot is moist, in other words, not dry but not swimming in liquid either.
Remove the chicken pieces, debone and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set the gravy aside.
Whisk the egg yolk, lemon juice, brandy and cream together and add to the gravy in the pot. Add the parsley and the chicken and mix well. Spoon the mixture into a greased baking dish of about 28 x 20 cm.
To make the pie crust, cut one sheet of cold puff pastry into strips of 4 cm wide lengthways. Cut the other into strips of 4 cm breadthways. On a sheet of plastic, place the longer strips alongside one another and then plait the shorter strips through to form a weave pattern. Carefully cover the pie with the puff pastry, secure the edges and trim off all excess pastry. Brush with the beaten egg.
Bake for 45 minutes until puffed up and golden brown in colour.
Serve with seasonal vegetables.
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Sophia Lindop is a well known Cape Town Chef, Caterer, Cookery teacher, Food Writer, Food Stylist and Photographer. Having performed the feat of publishing four cook books in two years, Sophia has forged ahead and is currently researching a fifth book which will be published next year.
This recipe is extracted from south africa, flavours & traditions, launched in Cape Town about a month ago. Published by Jacana Media.
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