What kind of food would you serve to guests or eat as a family whilst watching the rugby world cup? Even though England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are out, that won’t put a stop to us settling down for a big sofa rugby watching session.
I like to take a little more time planning family meals on the weekend and rugby days are no exception. As a general weekend rule, I do like to cook up a curry, gentle on the spice levels but nonetheless richly flavoured and aromatic.
When I was asked by Tesco to create a #CelebrateTheNations dish reflecting some of the nations taking part in the rugby world cup, I decided to create a dish that not only celebrates the nations taking part but also celebrates families and friends getting together to watch some high tension closely fought games with an abundance of food and drink.
The match that I have based my recipe on is New Zealand v South Africa, on this Saturday the 24th October. I went straight for New Zealand lamb as my main ingredient and spices to accompany it.
Having travelled to South Africa, there are a number of food related memories that have stayed with me since my trip. Mrs. Balls mango chutney, the spiced chicken pies and the best peri peri fries I have ever had. Nando’s was big in South Africa before it made it’s way to the UK and the spicy, crunchy addictively hot chips were divine. They are just not the same over here.
My recipe is a spiced lamb pie served with pickled red cabbage and spiced butternut fries. The pie is influenced byBobotie, a national dish of South Africa. Bobotie is a spiced meat dish with a savoury egg custard topping. I have taken the spiced meat element, tweaked it by cooking the meat in beer not stock and added a thin layer of shortcrust pastry on top.
Serving this rich meaty dish with some spiced squash fries (another ingredient prevalent in South Africa) and pickled red cabbage is so right. The sharp cabbage cuts through the rich meat and the fries are somewhat lighter maybe even healthier than regular fries. But feel free to replace the butternut squash with potatoes or cook a batch of each, why not.
If any of you are Masterchef fans then you will enjoy reading Phil Vickery, the 2011 Masterchef winner’s latest recipe. Pork, pinto bean and sweet potato stew. Phil has also made this video to accompany his #CelebrateTheNations recipe…
I have also been surfing the web for more pie inspiration for you:
Leftover roast beef pie – Elizabeth’s kitchen diary
Chicken leek & mushroom pie – Kavey Eats
Aussie meat pies – Its not easy being greedy
Turkey bacon & leek pie – Fab Food 4 All
Mustard chicken & vegetable pie – Supper in the Suburbs
Recipe commissioned by Tesco.