Braaibroodjies – basic recipe and variations
Synonymous with every braai in South Africa are braaibroodjies. They are also great for camping and hikes. These grilled sandwiches which are grilled directly on the braai grid (if you don’t know how to braai, go here) and filled with gooey cheese and other delicious toppings.
The traditional braaibroodjie is done by making a sandwich with cheese, tomato, onion, chutney, salt and pepper with butter on the outside to keep it from sticking to the grid.
Below you will find the traditional base recipe for a braaibroodjie, as well as some delicious variations to try this Heritage Day.
Traditional braaibroodjie recipe
Makes: 4 sandwiches
Time: 25 minutes
8 slices white or brown bread
4 tbsp. (2 oz.) unsalted butter (not margarine guys!)
2 cups grated cheddar or gouda (8 1⁄2 oz.)
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1⁄2 white onion, very thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tbsp. Mrs. Ball’s brand chutney, or another sweet and sour condiment
- Prepare a grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat (you should be able to hold your hand 7 to 10 seconds above the grid).
- Spread one side of each bread slice with the melted butter. Lay the bread, buttered side down, on a work surface.
- Divide the cheese between 4 slices, then top with 1–2 slices tomato and onion; season lightly with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the chutney over the remaining slices of bread, then place them chutney side down atop the sandwiches.
- Using a grill basket if desired, grill, turning once, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side.
- Eat them warm whilst the cheese is gooey! Yum!
Braaibroodjie variations to try
Note: Always use butter on the outside of the slices to keep the sandwich from sticking to the grill. It also adds to the yumminess of the sandwich. And remember, if in doubt, add more cheese.
Gourmet blue cheese
Spread some plain cream cheese on the inside slices of the bread. Caramalise some onions in a pan and put on cream cheese on bread slices. Crumb some blue cheese on here and top with some finely chopped walnuts. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Best Bread: Sourdough or White
Finely shred some cooked chicken (we like the dark meat and skin too!) and add some tangy mayonnaise and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Put this on the bread slices and add some grated mozzarella. Add some rocket too if you like.
Best Bread: White or Rye
Follow the basic recipe and omit the chutney, tomato and onions, and add some biltong slices (powdered biltong will also work).
Best bread: White
Avocado & Basil Pesto
Mix a mashed avocado with some cream cheese to taste. Add in salt and black pepper to liking. Spread some basil pesto (buy or make your own) on both slices of the bread and then spread the avo mixture here too. Put a slice of mozzarella cheese on top and close to grill.
Best bread: Rye or Sourdough
Bacon, Brie & Cranberry
Our favourite! Crisp up some bacon and add to a sandwhich with some brie (generous amount) and dollops of cranberry sauce or dried cranberries. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Best Bread: Sourdough or Rye, but anything will go with this.
Nutella & Marshmallow
For the sweet tooth! Spread Nutella generously on both slices of bread and then put some mini or sliced marshmallows on the one side. Close and grill. Another nice variation of this is to use french toast instead of normal bread.
Best Bread: White
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