It’s all about the braai
As most bredie (stews) it is comfort food, food that you cook for family and friends, food eaten with laughter and wine, slowly cooked so that the meat and waterblommetjies get to know each other well, unless the craving becomes to big in the middle of the week, then you grab the pressure cooker.
Waterblommetjie Bredie Recipe: (With a Pressure Cooker)
1 kg lamb shanks cut cross wise in 1.5 cm pieces
1.5 kg waterblommetjies
2 medium onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tin Rhodes apricots drained
Cake flour to dust meat
4 to 5medium potatoes quartered
1 lemon’s zest
1 cup water
½ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 to 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dust the meat with the cake flour. Heat a little oil in the pressure cooker, and brown the meat in batches, do not add too much meat at one time, otherwise it will not brown but start to stew.
When all the meat is browned, add the onions to the pot and fry until soft, when almost soft, add the garlic.
When the onions are soft, add the meat and flavor with salt, pepper, coriander and Worchestire sauce. Add the water, deglaze the bottom of the pan, then seal the pressure cooker, and cook for about 20 minutes.
Release the pressure valve, once pressure is released, open the lid and add half of the waterblommetjies, close the lid and seal the lid by closing the pressure valve, cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Once again release the pressure, open the lid and add the apricots, potatoes and the rest of the waterblommetjies. Close the lid of the pressure cooker, but do not close the pressure valve, we want to cook at a much lower heat from now on (The Waterblommetjie Bredie can also be transferred to a casserole (if you are not responsible for the dishes).
Cook the stew until the potatoes and the last of the waterblommetjies are soft, about 5 minutes before serving, add the lemon zest to add some life to the pot.
Serve with rice, wine and love
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