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    Sosaties (South African Kebabs)

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    Bokenpop aka Madeleine's Note:

    Traditionally cubes of fat are skewered in between the pieces of meat to keep everything succulent but I have never done this. I usually thread pieces of onion cut more or less the size of the cube of meat and apricots on for a flavor dimension. If you choose to do only meat that’s wonderful, too! These “kebabs” are usually served on rice with the marinade thickened to become gravy but can be enjoyed with any of your regular barbecue side dishes. The days that we were living in an apartment and did not have a barbecue facility I used to grill these in the oven with just as much success. Prep time does not include overnight marinating time.

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    • 1 1/2 kg beef (6 per skewer) or 1 1/2 kg lamb, cut into 1 inch cubes (6 per skewer)
    • 15 ml gingerroot, scraped clean and finely grated
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
    • 36 pieces onions
    • 24 dried apricots



    1. 1
      Mix meat, ginger and garlic together and add onion and apricots if you are using them.
    2. 2
      Heat butter and stir fry chopped onions until soft and golden.
    3. 3
      Add wine, water, vinegar, curry powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, bay leaves and sugar.
    4. 4
      Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes.
    5. 5
      Remove from heat and leave to cool until warm.
    6. 6
      Blend in remaining ingredients and pour this over the meat.
    7. 7
      Coat meat well and refrigerate overnight.
    8. 8
      Thread meat, onion, meat, apricot so that each sosatie has 6 pieces of meat, 3 pieces of onion and 2 apricot halves on each.
    9. 9
      Barbecue over hot grill taking care not to burn and baste from time to time until done.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 20, 2008


      My dad helped me make these for my sisters birthday bbq. They were sooooo good. Some I made without the fruit because I thought I wouldnt like it but I tastes a piece of my dad's and it was great.

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    • on April 16, 2007


      VERY NICE! These have a WONDERFUL sweet curry flavor. I assembled my kebabs and then brushed the thick barbeque sauce like marinade onto them...then I put them in a large ziploc bag to marinate overnight. I broiled them about 10 minutes per side for well done. I made half a recipe and used tri tip. I used 5T red wine vinegar in place of the wine/vinegar. I almost doubled the curry powder. My favorite part was the apricots...they plumped up in the marinade and then cooked very nice...they were soft, sweet and tangy with a nice flavorful glaze...YUM! I would love to try this with lamb but couldn't find any for an affordable price.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sosaties (South African Kebabs)

    Serving Size: 1 (2964 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 300.8
    Calories from Fat 99
    Total Fat 11.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 77.7 mg
    Sodium 365.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 13.5 g
    Protein 29.1 g

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