Where did the potjiekos course originate?
The voortrekkers [Boer pastoralists] in South Africa needed to cook every evening during the Great Trek in the 1830s. So they’d cook in one huge cast iron pot and feed everyone in the camp. Basically potjiekos is like a stew but cooked on an open fire.
What’s your twist to the recipe?
I add a packet of brown onion soup powder. Is oxtail the only kind of meat that can be used in this dish? Actually you can use lamb, beef, chicken, seafood, mushrooms…it’s a versatile dish.
Cover the base of the pot with the onions and garlic
Follow with the browned oxtail
Add the vegetables
Top it all with the pasta, then add the chicken stock and soup powder
Cover with the lid and cook over a slow fire for 3 to 4 hours