Bobotie came to South Africa via Malaysia, and is a sort of savory bread custard with lots of ground lamb, curry, fruit and nuts. Make sure the ground lamb you use is very, very lean.

Melt the butter in a large skillet, and saute the onions, apples and garlic. Add the curry powder and mix well. Add the lamb (if your lamb is not lean, brown it in a separate pan and pour off teh fat), then add the almonds, raisins, herbs, lemon juice, chutney, vinegar and season to taste.

Soak the bread in the milk until it is saturated, then squeeze out. Add the soaked bread and 1 beaten egg to the meat mixture, and spread in a well-buttered baking dish. Beat the remaining mild with the other 2 eggs, and pour over the meat.

Bake at 375F until mixture is set and the top is lightly brown. Serves 8.

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