South African Bunny Chow: No Bunnies Were Harmed (but lambs were)

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this recipe… but lambs were.

This is my favorite dish so far --- and this is my demonstration on how best to devour this scrumptious dish.
This is my favorite dish so far — and this is my demonstration on how best to devour this scrumptious dish.

Of all the meals I have made thus far for the blog, this is by far my favorite. This is a rich, flavorful dish that is a simultaneously a spicy party in your mouth and a warming comfort food. It’s the only recipe I’ve repeated already (because, ya know, I could be making a dish from another country), and it’s going to be one of my staples for entertaining from now on.

Spicy!
Spicy!

This epic dish is called Bunny Chow, and according to Honest Cooking, it’s street food from South Africa, typically wrapped in a newspaper and enjoyed while sitting on a curb.

Mise en place
Mise en place

I thought finding lamb would be a bit difficult in Northern Nevada, but I was surprised to find a large boneless lamb roast for just about $6/pound. After I laid out all my ingredients on my island, I realized I had way too much food for little old me, and called my friends Laxmi and Rukesh for taste testing!

One of my lovely taste testers.
One of my lovely taste testers.

Even with the three of us, I still had three days’ worth of leftovers. As written, I estimate the recipe actually feeds about six.

Everything simmering and getting happy.
Everything simmering and getting happy.

What makes this recipe great? The mixture of spices, tender lamb meat, starchy potatoes, all piled into a warm slice of bread. The Raley’s near me makes an awesome roasted garlic French bread, which I used as the vessel to hold the meaty goodness.

Yum
Yum

I’m sure this isn’t the only time South Africa will make an appearance on this blog. I’ve had a Cape Malay curry in my sights for a while. But for now, you can bet this recipe will be in regular rotation in my repertoire.

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