Mutton Potjie

Mutton Potjie

3 reviews, 3.7 star(s). 67% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

A Potjie, pronounced "Poy-key" is a Dutch oven with 3 legs. This is so that the potjie can sit directly above an open fire outdoors. It is a South African custom to have potjies out in the bush or, less frequently at a braai ("bri") which is the Afrikaans word for a barbeque. A Dutch oven on a stove top will work fine, especially on a gas range.


1 1/2 kilogram Lamb shin pieces; (any cut or even beef will work fine)
250 gram Rindless shoulder bacon; (more like Canadian bacon than streaky American style bacon)
30 mililiter Vegetable oil
125 mililiter Soy sauce
375 mililiter Water
10 mililiter Sugar
Dried herbs
250 gram Dried peaches
1 large Onion; sliced
1 large Green pepper; sliced
Salt & pepper; to taste
250 gram Carrot
250 gram Green beans
Marrow slices
8 small Potato
4 medium Tomato; sliced
2 each Corn cobs; cut into pieces
-- GRAVY --
250 mililiter Water
20 mililiter Flour
10 milliliter Instant gravy powder (beef)

Original recipe makes 6



1. Heat oil in the potjie (or dutch oven) and place the meat in the hot oil. Brown quickly on all sides. Add the soy sauce. Take the meat out of the pot.

2. Brown the onion, green pepper and bacon. Place the meat on top. Mix sugar and water and pour into pot. Simmer for 1 hour.

3. Add herbs, salt & pepper. Stir well. Simmer for another 30 minutes.

4. Arrange the vegetables in layers on top of the meat and simmer for 1 hour. Add more boiling water if necessary.

5. Mix water, flour & gravy powder to a paste and add to the pot.

6. Place dried peaches on top. Simmer for another 20 minutes.

Serve with "stamp mielies" - and if you are not in South African, your closest bet will be polenta. No need to be concerned about the exact vegetables or meat., a potjie is one of those stew type dishes that whatever is on hand will do

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Made this for the crew camping this weekend - it rocked!!! Expat SAfers showed the Aussies how to sort out camp oven cooking (didn't have a potjie pot unfortunately), will be on the list forever fro now, thank you.
Craig3 3y ago

We made it. WE live in Cape Town, South AFrica and loved the recipe! It was fantastic!
deewest 7y ago

This looks like a LOT of fun. It's sort of a "Put what you've got ... in the big pot" dish. It's on my try soon list. Thanks for posting it.
promfh 10y ago

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cleverkt 10y ago

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