The best foods for your next braai
There’s nothing South Africans love more than a good braai. While the Americans, British and Australians rave on about their “barbeques”, South Africans know that we are truly the masters when it comes to an outdoor cookout on a grill.
South Africans like nothing better than cracking open a few beers, splaying some charcoal or wood on the braai, lighting it up, and then cooking some of our favourite meat, chicken or fish. But are you getting the most out of your braai? There are so many weird and wonderful things to cook, especially considering the rich and varied culinary traditions of South Africa.
And with Heritage Day on September 24, it’s a golden opportunity to test out these tasty morsels on your braai that evoke the true heritage and culture of our beloved country. We’ve tried to get creative in this list and show you a bit more than your traditional boerewors and chops. Here are some “braailicious” recipes you should give a try:
Braaibroodjies – A braai sandwich…
Braaibroodjies are undoubtedly a uniquely South African creation – kind of like a toasted dagwood sandwich, but with that lovely braai twist. It’s fairly simple to make this uniquely South African food: butter two pieces of bread on both sides, put a lot of cheese, onion and sliced tomato on the bread and season generously. Then, place the sandwiches on the braai – grill and braai them over the fire until the cheese is melted and the bread is completely toasted. You can get creative with your broodjies options, with brinjal broodjies a great option for those looking to go carb-free.
It’s getting even hotter out there – peri-peri chicken lollipops and tandoori chicken wings
The braai is also the perfect place to sizzle some spicy options, with the braai sealing in and enhancing the red-hot flavour. For something a little different, why not try peri-peri chicken lollipops and tandoori chicken wings, which positively burst with flavour once they’ve been flamed by the braai?
Skilpadjies – a contemporary take on a traditional SA dish
Skilpadjies is a uniquely South African dish in which a lamb’s liver is wrapped in netvet (the fatty membrane that surrounds the kidneys). For a braai, you can stuff the skilpadjies with Camembert cheese, nuts and candied figs for a taste bud tingle. This dish might be an acquired taste for some, but it is well worth trying, especially on the braai!
If you feel like something fishy…
Snoek and a braai seem to be made for each other, as all the flavour of this South African favourite is amplified in a fiery grill. To ensure the braaied snoek meets all your taste expectations, make sure that you wash and dry out the snoek beforehand, and season it with salt and pepper, apricot jam, lemon juice and garlic. Cook it well on the braai and enjoy! You’ll never taste better snoek than one that’s cooked on a grill.
Yellowtail Darnes with a Herby Mascarpone Butter
It’s not often that you can liven up your braai with a gourmet dish, but this dish allows you to do exactly that. You can think of it as the fishy version of Café de Paris steak.
While the standard boerewors you buy from the supermarket is usually perfectly acceptable, you can increase the turns on the flavour train. For a gourmet boerie roll, you should try venison wors with “tipsy” onions that are sweet and boozy, as well as sherry-marinated wors, which is easy to make and can be served with quality German mustard.
Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Salsa Verde
Any South African braaier worth their salt knows that a lamb chop is an essential item to chuck on the braai. You can enhance the flavour palette of this traditional favourite even further by drizzling the chops with a tasty mint salsa verde.
Dop and Tjop’
Whether you have them on a stick or on the bone, these dishes are designed to be eaten with one hand while your other hand enjoys a cold one.
Cape Malay Sosaties
While they may be Malay in origin, sosaties have become a firm South African favourite and include vegetables and meat on a skewer. There’s nothing tastier than a sosatie grilling on a braai. However, it can take quite a while to make these delights, so maybe consider buying pre-made ones from the supermarket.
Vetkoek Steak Sliders with Horseradish Mayo
Taking one of South Africa’s favourite confectionery foods, stuffing it with steak and placing it on the braai? Pure succulent magic.
Chipotle Honey Chicken and Pineapple Kebabs
It’s spicy. It’s sweet. It’s smokey. You couldn’t want much more on a stick than this sticky, saccharine treat – especially when you put it on a braai.
Old-school Coke Marinated Beef Short Ribs
Ribs are always a favourite on the braai, but short ribs marinated in cola? That’s a first-class ticket to Flavour Town!
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