Hearty Veg Poitjie

Leopards Tale May 2019
May 27, 2019

Hearty Veg Poitjie

With society becoming more interested in a more vegetable-based diet we thought we’d share with you a simple yet delicious recipe of my “Hearty Veg Potjie” that recently had guests raving. A potjie is a traditional south African stew that is slow cooked over the fire.

 

Ingredients : (serves 4) Cooking time 30-40 minutes

  • 1 punnet chunky baby carrots – skin on
  • 2 medium sized potatoes – skin on, cut into equal sizes
  • Half an onion – diced
  • 1 clove garlic – finely chopped
  • 50g button mushrooms – halved
  • 2 baby butternut – cut into rounds
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup cauliflower/broccoli
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cream
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

 

Method:

  • In a hot saucepan, heat olive oil and fry onions and garlic until soft. Add carrots and potatoes on reduce heat. Cook for about ten minutes, continuously stirring to avoid from sticking to pan. Add vegetable stock and cook until potatoes and carrots are almost cooked and still intact. Add all the remaining vegetables except cauliflower/broccoli. Tomato paste is great for balancing flavours and adding rich colours. As you stir it in, add mixed herbs, you will soon smell the strong aromas and see the rich colours blending. Keep cooking on a low heat, avoid stirring to avoid breaking up chunky vegetables.  Towards the finale, throw in your cauliflower/broccoli florets and add cream while gently stirring. Allow to simmer a few minutes, season well and serve with a starch of your choice.
  • NB: taste the potjie before adding salt as the veg stock adds lots of salt.

Credit: Leopard Mountain Sous Chef Njabulo Sibiya