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Kudu “Potjie”

Kudu “Potjie” with a Red Wine and Chilli Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients:

FOR THE MARINADE:

  • 1 Bottle of red wine
  • 1 Bulb of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 5 Bay leaves
  • 10 Juniper Berries
  • Fresh Sprigs of Rosemary and Thyme
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Onions (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 Chilli (Chopped)
  • Zest of one lemon

FOR THE MEAT:

  • Kudu Fillet
  • Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Rosemary and Thyme

FOR THE STEWING PROCESS:

  • Carrots (sliced)
  • Onions (chopped)
  • Celery (Sliced)
  • 1 L Beef Stock

FOR THE GRAVY:

  • 1 bar of 85% Cacao dark Chocolate
  • Port (to taste)
  • Chilli (cut into small pieces – amount to taste)

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a deep marinating bowl
  2. Chop all the spices finely and rub the meat with the spices to promote flavour
  3. Wrap the Kudu meat with the streaky bacon – secure with a tooth pick
  4. Place the kudu meat into the marinade and leave for as long as possible to absorb as much of the flavours as possible (recommended time – overnight)
  5. Remove the meat from the marinade, but keep the liquid as this is what you will use in the stewing process
  6. In a very hot pan, sear the meat in some olive oil
  7. In a “stewing pot” add the cut up carrots, onions and celery and cook them until they start turning translucent and release all of their flavours
  8. Add the seared meat and add the marinade, and beef stock
  9. Stew the meat over a very low heat in the oven (about 140 – 160oC)  for about 1 – 1 ½ hours or until it is cooked through – be very careful NOT to overcook the meat or lose any moisture

FOR THE SAUCE:

  1. Strain the meat juices left over from the stewing into a pot
  2. Add the chocolate, a generous amount of port and the chopped chilli
  3. Reduce the juices down to a thick and unctuous dark sweet and aromatic gravy

SERVING:

  1. Put the meat into a small “potjie” pot and pour over a generous amount of the rich and aromatic gravy
  2. Serve with flat bread pieces, sliced at an angle (this can be bought from any good quality bakery)