I came across Bobotie phyllo pies at the Biscuit Mill Market a few months ago and knew right away I was going to make my own version of these. I’m particularly keen on working with phyllo. Its way easier than you might think. The pastry is ready-made therefore there is minimal effort involved. You can wrap just about anything in these flaky layers and instantly give it the WOW factor. Who doesn’t want easy and impressive?

I had a big Bobotie left over after making it for another project, so decided to whip up these pies. Bobotie – for the benefit of any international readers who are not sure what it is, is a local South African dish of savoury mince with fruit chutney and an egg custard on the top. It’s extremely moist, has a mild curry flavour and would normally be served with yellow rice and sambals. It may sound a little strange but it’s very delicious. It is of Malay origin and has been around these parts since the 17th Century.

I mixed the custard layer with the mince and then simply filled these pies and rolled them up into triangles. I used the same method as I did with my zesty spinach pies and my mushroom, leek and Parmesan pies. Brush the finished pies with melted butter and scattered over sesame seeds before placing them on a baking tray and baking in a 180C oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with your favourite fruit chutney to dip into.

I have never published a recipe here that I have not personally tested myself, so apologies there isn’t one today. This is more of an ideas post, and I thought this was a brilliant idea. These pies tasted damn delicious. If you are interested in a traditional Bobotie recipe, you can check out my friend Michael Olivier’s website. I know it will be just right.

I thought it quite fitting to put up a little taste of South Africa on Drizzle and Dip today.

South Africa is in the throes of mourning and yesterday our former President Nelson Mandela was finally laid to rest in his place of birth in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. A man that meant so much to so many people, and changed the course of history in our country.

Today I remember all the people that lost their lives in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. I remember Tata Madiba, rest in peace.




  1. New follower and fellow South African here! I had to tell you your photos are an inspiration for me – absolutely beautiful! Also, recipes like this make me nostalgic for SA. Lovely work =)

  2. Sam

    Hi Adrian, welcome! and many thanks for the kind words. Hope to see you around here soon. Sam

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