Beef Lentil Soup & Vetkoek
After living in the USA since June of 1998, we had to come up with a solution for making Vetkoek, our traditional Afrikaans delicacy, the quick and easy way. It’s basically a deep fried bread roll, but it comes out light and fluffy. Not overly grease as you would think it would because of the deep fried cooking method.
I’ve made the dough from scratch before and it is fairly easy to make by hand or in your bread machine, but the fastest way to make delicious vetkoeke is as follows.
Here is a fast and easy way to make Vetkoek or Fat Cakes as they are know in English in South Africa. Pictured above is two balls of Pizza dough that you can buy for dirt cheap (normally $2 each) at your nearest Pizza store. Make sure they are fresh and at room temperature for the best results.
Lightly flour a work surface and a rolling pin and roll out the dough, just slightly. Don’t use too much pressure when you roll it out. You want to keep it light and fluffy. Cut the dough into about 4″x4″ squares.
Pre-heat enough canola oil for deep frying on medium heat. Test whether the heat of the oil is at the right temperature after heating it up for about 5-10 minutes. Drop one of the dough squares into the oil. If it rises to the top, the oil is at the right temperature. If it bubbles up too much, the oil is too hot and you will need to turn it down a little bit. Fry the dough squares (a few pieces at a time) until they are golden brown on the one side and then turn them over to cook to a golden brown on the other side.
They are best to enjoy straight after they come out of the oil. I normally let them cool for a little bit on paper towel. Slice them open with a sharp knife and enjoy with your favorite sweet or savory filling. We love to eat them filled with jam and cheese, tomato and cheese, curried or savory ground beef and cheese or any other sandwich filling of your choice.
You can also serve them on the side with soup for a hearty winter meal. We made Lentil and Beef soup to serve to our family from the Jersey Shore, that came to stay over to brace Hurricane Sandy recently. We all made it through the storm very good, but our hearts go out to those who suffered loss.
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