1/1 Photo of Little Laundry Bundles (Meat Snacks)
1 hr 15 mins
This is an old traditional South African snack, simple and easy to make, and well worth trying as people seem to love them. The Afrikaans name is "Wasgoedbondeltjies", translated in the title! In these modern times I'd serve them with a bowl of Thai Sweet Chilli sauce as a dip. Please note that you can choose which pastry to use -- soda water pastry or puff pastry -- so you can either deepfry them, or bake the puff pastry bundles in the oven.
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- 1 1/2 lbs minced beef (750 g)
- 1 tablespoon oil (15 ml)
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 large potato, roughly grated
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice (5 ml)
- 2 teaspoons salt (10 ml)
- 1/3 cup meat broth (85 ml) or 1/3 cup pasta sauce with meat (85 ml) or 1/3 cup gravy (85 ml)
- fresh ground black pepper
Soda water pastry (or use bought puff pastry)
- 1Fry the meat in the oil, stirring, until it turns colour.
- 2Add the onion, garlic and grated potato, stirring now and then.
- 3When onion is translucent, add the mixed spice, salt, pepper and meat broth/sauce/gravy.
- 4Bring to boil, lower heat, put on lid, and simmer for 30 minutes.
- 5Leave to cool.
- 6Please note that you can use shop-bought puff pastry. Roll it a little thinner and prepare the same 3 x 3 inch squares as described below, and use the same method, except that puff pastry will need to be painted with beaten egg to get a nice goldenbrown colour in the oven.
- 7The soda water pastry: sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
- 8Grate or chop in the butter (if butter is firm, use the coarsest side of a cheese grater).
- 9Rub in butter with your fingers and palms until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.
- 10Add the booze, and enough soda water to form a fairly soft dough.
- 11Roll out the pastry, about 1/8 inch thick (3mm) -- it should be thinly rolled out. Use extra flour on your rolling pin and surface to help the process.
- 12Cut pastry into 3 x 3 inch squares (7.5 x 7.5 cm).
- 13Place a little of the meat mixture in the centre of each square, draw up the corners and press lightly together, and secure each with a clove. (Meat should be enclosed in the pastry).
- 14In the meantime, heat oil for deep-frying. You could also use a wok half-filled with oil, over high heat.
- 15If you do not want to deep-fry, heat oven to 400 deg F/400 deg Celsius.
- 16Deep-fry the bundles in batches until golden brown and drain on kitchen paper, OR paint the puff pastry bundles with beaten egg, and bake in preheated oven until they are golden, about 15 minutes, but do check.
- 17Serve hot or cold.
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Nutritional Facts for Little Laundry Bundles (Meat Snacks)
Serving Size: 1 (2479 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 346.5
- Calories from Fat 220
- Total Fat 24.4 g
- Saturated Fat 13.8 g
- Cholesterol 71.9 mg
- Sodium 542.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 21.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
- Sugars 0.6 g
- Protein 9.3 g
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