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Deboned sheep’s head in spicy tomato sauce

Deboned sheep’s head in spicy tomato sauce

Inhloko, better known as smileys or lip meat, is a popular street food here in South Africa. This recipe includes tomatoes and basil, which offsets the fatty meat.

  • Serves: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Prep time:
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    To pre-cook the meat
    1 green pepper, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    5 ml ( 1 tsp) bbq spice
    1 kg lip meat (smiley/inhloko)
    water to cover

    To assemble the dish
    30 ml (2 tbsp) oil
    1 green pepper, chopped
    1 clove of garlic
    1 onion, chopped
    1 chilli, halved and deseeded
    1 X 410 g can chopped tomatoes
    salt & pepper
    basil leaves for garnish


    Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice to serve.
    1.Chop 1 green pepper and 1 onion place in pot with bbq spice and enough water to cover the meat and boil for 3 hours. Drain.
    2.To make the sauce, heat the oil and sauté the pepper, garlic, onion and chilli until soft. Add the chopped tomatoes.
    3.Add cooked meat in to the tomato mixture and let simmer for 30 minutes.
    4.Add salt and pepper to taste. Finish off with chopped basil.
    5.Serve hot with Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice.

    Spekko tips for caterers
    Not everybody eat lip meat – so check before you put this on the menu.
    Lip meat is very cost-effective, but choose a butcher with care. The meat must be fresh and well-cleaned before cooking.

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