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Hearty Stews Over the Open Fire: Our Potjie (Dutch Oven) Recipes

With the winter season well underway (and Thanksgiving as well as the festive season around the corner), there’s no better time to start using your KUDU Grill to test out some of our delicious ‘potjie’ recipes. Along with the help of your KUDU Dutch Oven, you can recreate all our favorite hearty meals for a full belly and heart. For us, there’s nothing better than gathering around the fire with family and friends on a winter’s day, knowing you’re about to feast on a plate of something warm and delicious. So, if you’ve already got your fire going, but you’re unsure what to cook, take your pick from our potjie recipes below for a steaming plate full of flavor.
Taste of the Ocean: Classic French Bouillabaisse
A delicious blend of all the ocean has to offer, as well as black peppercorns, herbs, and dry white wine, this recipe is sure to have your guests' mouths watering as soon as they catch a whiff. Bouillabaisse is a traditional fish stew which originates from the port city of Marseille, France. It used to be made using the bony rockfish that restaurants and markets did not want. The dish usually starts off with creating the perfect broth (of which white wine is an essential ingredient, so pop that cork and enjoy a glass while you cook), as well as three different types of fish. Our Classic French Bouillabaisse is a potjie recipe ready to satisfy the bellies of seafood lovers. With the use of fresh and fragrant ingredients such as oranges, bay leaves and thyme - you can enhance those delicious saltwater flavors. Your family or guests will want not only second but third and fourth helpings!
2. Fresh Take on Your Grandma’s Famous Recipe: KUDU Chili
A brew of spicy, tomato-y and meaty goodness - ah, just the way grandma used to make it (not to be cheeky, but maybe even better!). An American staple, you can find Chili everywhere you look - from the food carts on the sidewalk to your more fancy establishments. And it’s no wonder why as it’s hearty and flavorful. Everyone also seems to have their own spin on the classic dish, sometimes referred to as ‘the soup of the devil’. Our KUDU Chili is one of our more traditional potjie recipes, not straying too far from the delicious and spicy tomato taste that everyone wants from Chili. However, we level it up by throwing in a bit of bacon, pork, beef and some chili beans to give it that extra bite.
3. Coffee-Basted Pork and Butternut Squash
A rich winter dish, coffee-basted and steamed to perfection, this one is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Testing different potjie recipes is the perfect time to get experimental with your flavors. The best thing about slow cooking is that you can add almost any kind of ingredient you want, and it’ll blend beautifully into your dish. And that’s exactly what our Coffee-Basted Pork and Butternut Squash recipe is about. The trick to making this dish a success is cooking your pork first, then adding the butternut, and lastly the coffee purée. This allows the food to simmer and soak in the coffee. So, when you take that first bite, you’ll experience a mouthful of aromatic goodness.
4. While you Wait: Starter Recipes
As fantastic as potjie recipes are, they do require some patience, but we can imagine some of your guests’ tummies may start to rumble while they wait. Especially when you lift that lid to add the next ingredient and they get to smell the dish they will feast on! Try these quick and easy treats to put on the grill and serve to your guests while you wait for the main event: Grilled corn is an absolute must at any cook-out. Check out this quick and easy starter dish to settle those ravenous guests who are peering over your shoulder to check how far you are with the potjie. Serve your guests a crispy snack in 10 minutes flat with this simple yet tasty recipe. A healthy yet delicious bite while you wait for the main course. The heat of your open flames will have this dish ready to eat in 5 minutes.
Give our Potjie Recipes a Go in the KUDU Dutch Oven
We can’t think of a better excuse to spend more time around the fire than cooking your winter meals with love and patience. Using the heat of a fire is the perfect way to make meals that everyone will enjoy - and remember! Our recipes are just guidelines to what you can create in the coming winter days - the possibilities in the KUDU Dutch Oven Potjie truly are endless! Feel free to make these your own and get creative with your potjie dishes. With the help of a reliable and trusty KUDU Dutch Oven pot, all your winter meals are bound to be a success.