A kota – otherwise known as a ‘spatlo’ – is a uniquely South African fast food, made from a quarter (or ‘kota’) loaf of bread, traditionally filled with an array of tummy-filling ingredients like slap chips, polony, Russian sausages, tomato sauce, pickled atchar and cheese. Although a kota is usually made with white bread, this healthier gourmet version uses Blue Ribbon Brown Unsliced Bread instead.
1 loaf Blue Ribbon Brown Unsliced Bread
300g oven baked potato chips
300g chorizo sausage
100g grated mature cheddar cheese
1 tin tomato and onion mix
1 tablespoon sugar
2 deseeded and chopped chillies
Oil for frying
Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley to garnish
- Season oven chips with garlic salt and oregano. Bake until cooked and crispy.
- Slice the chorizo, then fry in a little oil until crispy.
- Heat the tomato and onion mix in a small saucepan, add the sugar and chopped chillies and leave to simmer until thickened and sweet.
- Cut the bread into quarters – the easiest sections to assemble are the ends of the bread, as they have thicker crusts to prevent fillings from leaking out. Hollow out the middle of bread, keeping the sections of bread you’ve removed. Be careful not to make a hole in the bottom of the bread. Assemble the kota by filling the hollowed-out bread with chips, chorizo, tomato sauce and then cheese. Top with finely chopped parsley and serve immediately.