A bobotie is a South African dish consisting of spiced, minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. There are as many variations of this dish as there are South Africans, I’m told–so feel free to improvise or substitute as you see fit. Other greens to use here: chard, kale, vitamin greens, komatusuna, bok choi leaves…

1 T peanut or sesame oil (or other oil)
2 c diced zucchini or summer squash
1/2 c chopped onion
2 T curry powder
1 t ground turmeric
3/4 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
1-lb ground beef,  lamb, turkey or pork…
1/4 c chutney or apricot jam or peach jam
3 T apple cider vinegar
2 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1/4 c raisins
3 c (packed) chopped fresh mustard greens
1 T chopped almonds
1 c milk
1 large egg
4 bay leaves

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a 2 quart baking dish.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini and onion and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the curry powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper and cook another minute.

3. Stir in the ground meat and cook 5 minutes, breaking the meat up into little pieces as you stir. Add the chutney or jam and vinegar, stirring until combined. Stir in the bread, then the raisins and top with the greens. Cover and cook about 5 minutes, stirring about halfway through to incorporate the greens into the mixture. Uncover and stir in the almonds.

4. Remove from heat and spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Whisk together the milk and egg. Pour over mixture. Tuck in the bay leaves. Bake for about an hour until browned and set. Let the dish stand for 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves before serving (if you can find them).