this is super sweet, with absolutely no processed sugars. if you like that kind of thing, it’s totally worth the effort this requires. it was one of my favorite meals when i first learned to cook, but i just made it tonight for the first time in many years. you can cut the sweetness by leaving out the raisins, and using the sourest apples you can find.
the meaty part comes out soft from the apples, and the topping is somewhere between a custard and fluffy scrambled eggs. if you are craving sweet takeout food, like general tso’s chicken or st. louis-style bbq, then you should give this a try instead.
my housemate dislikes apples, raisins, and sweet dinners, but he said this was delicious.
also, it’s extremely fun to say.
minced lamb or beef, or a mixture of the two [the recipe doesn’t specify how much to use. i used one package, about 1.5 lbs raw]
butter, vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) crushed garlic
15 ml (1 tablespoon) curry powder
5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground turmeric
2 slices bread, crumbled
60 ml (1/4 cup) milk
finely grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon
5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt, milled black pepper
100 g (3 ounces) dried apricots, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
60 ml (1/4 cup) sultanas (golden raisins)
50 g (1 1/2 ounces) slivered almonds, roasted in a dry frying pan
6 lemon, orange, or bay leaves
250 ml (1 cup) milk
2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt
Set the oven at 160°C (325°F). Butter a large casserole. Heat butter and oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic until translucent. Stir in the curry powder and turmeric, and cook briefly until fragrant. Remove the pot from the heat.
Mix in the (raw) minced meat. Mix together the crumbs, milk, lemon rind and juice, egg, salt, pepper, apricots, apple, sultanas (golden raisins) and almonds and mix in. Pile into the casserole and level the top. Roll up the leaves and bury them at regular intervals. Seal with foil and bake for 1 1/4 hours. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F). Mix together the topping milk, eggs and salt (you may require extra topping if you’ve used a very large casserole), pour over and bake uncovered for a further 15 minutes until cooked and lightly browned. Serve with yellow rice.