Intloko Yemvu (Sheep's head/Smiley)

By Drum Digital
13 July 2011

The sheep’s head, also known as a smiley, is very popular. It used to be cooked only if there was a traditional ceremony because removing the fur and cleaning it was quite a mission.

Nowadays there are many places that clean and sell this delicacy, cooked or uncooked.

Preparation time 5 min

Cooking time about 2 hours

Serves 6

YOU WILL NEED

sheep’s head, thoroughly cleaned and halved

2 litres (8 cups) cold water

15 ml (1 tbsp) salt

2 onions, finely chopped

METHOD

Put the sheep’s head in a large pot.

Add the cold water and salt.

Bring to the boil over high heat then add the chopped onions.

Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours or until the meat is tender.

If the meat is not yet cooked after 2 hours, add more water and cook until done.

HOW TO CLEAN A SHEEP'S HEAD

Use a pair of garden scissors to cut the hair off the head.

Burn off the remaining hair with a flame torch or burner.

Alternatively, put the head on a braai to burn the hair.

Next, scrub the head using scrubbing wire.

It must be thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed well to remove all the hairs.

The mouth, ears and the tongue must be properly cleaned with running tap water.

Use an axe to chop the head in half, clean the inside and discard the brain.

It’s now ready to cook.

DRUM, 23 July 2009

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