1.5 lbs minced lamb or beef (or a mixture of the two)
2 tablespoons butter, vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 slices bread, crumbled
1/4 cup milk
finely grated rind and juice of 1/2 small lemon
1 teaspoon salt, milled black pepper
3 ounces dried apricots, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
1 1/2 ounces slivered almonds, toasted in a dry frying pan
6 lemon, orange, or bay leaves
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Set the oven at 160°C (325°F). Butter a large casserole dish. Heat butter and oil in a saucepan and fry the onion and garlic until translucent. Stir in the curry powder and turmeric, and cook briefly until fragrant. Remove the pot from the heat.
2. Mix in the minced meat. Mix the crumbs, milk, lemon rind and juice, egg, salt, pepper, apricots, apple, sultana (golden raisins), and almonds and mix in. Pile into the casserole and level the top. Roll up the leaves and bury them at regular intervals. Seal with foil and back for 1 1/4 hours.
3. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F). Mix the topping milk, eggs, and salt (you may require extra topping if you've used a very large casserole), pour-over, and bake uncovered for a further 15 minutes until cooked and lightly browned.
4. Serve with Yellow Rice, Chutney, and Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc. Enjoy!
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