Seswaa – Yes!

This week’s meal from Liam’s Cooking Around the World journey, hails from Botswana and is called Seswaa. It is hands down one of the easiest, yummiest, beef dishes we’ve had in LONG time!

 Basically we used about 3.5lbs of beef (served 6 but we also had leftovers), two yellow onions, salt, pepper, and two bay leaves. We cut the meat into big chunks (like 2 inches by 2 inches) and browned them in a Dutch oven. Then, we removed it from the heat, threw in the onion (cut into large chunks too), added salt, pepper, bay leaves, and enough water to cover it all and then stuck the whole thing in the oven at 400 degrees.

After about an hour and forty-five minutes, we removed it from the oven and put it back on the stove to boil off the rest of the water. Here it is, boiling away.

boiling seswaa

When most of the water was boiled off, we used a potato masher to mash up the meat as the last of the water evaporated, making it look like this (traditionally, the meat is supposed to be beaten, but we improvised):

 mashed seswaa 

We also made creamy polenta (with a little bit of cheese) to go with it all. We read that, traditionally, it’s served with a corn meal dish called pap, but that polenta was an acceptable substitute (we also had a salad to add some greens to our diet). Here’s him with my food plated:

 my seswaa 

And here’s his food plated:

Liam Seswaa 

It was big hit in the house with most people going back for seconds. If you want something easy and delicious, I would DEFINITELY try this!

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