Celebrate this Heritage Day with a lekker braaibroodjie because it goes without saying, no braai is truly complete without a braaibroodjie.
There’s nothing like a proudly South African braaibroodjie: a perfect combination of cheesy gooeyness, crunchy toastiness paired with the beloved taste of smoke, tangy onion and last but not least, a generous touch of salt and pepper.
South Africans have braaibroodjies – sandwiches toasted on the braai grid – for every occasion (not only Heritage Day). As a ‘braai-loving’ nation, we’re all too familiar with the classic onion, cheese and tomato braaibroodjie.
Generational disputes over the use of chutney on a classic braaibroodjie wage on.
Yet we all agree on one thing – “Braaibroodjies is draaibroodjies”… in other words, turned over on the grid – you need the most vigilant of braaiers to make the perfect braaibroodjies.
They need to be turned constantly to ensure they’re crisp and golden on the outside, with gooey melted cheese on the inside.
Everyone has their own secret ingredient for their version of the perfect braaibroodjie.
Here’s a tasty recipe with a twist on the good old classic braaibroodjie, that will give you even more reason to fire up that grill this Heritage Day:
Spinach, bacon and feta braaibroodjie
The delectable details:
- 8 slices of white bread
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 200g baby spinach
- 60g butter
- 125g bacon, sliced
- 200g feta cheese
- Add butter in a medium-sized saucepan and fry the bacon, garlic and half of the onions.
- In a separate pan, add spinach and butter and cook for two minutes.
- Butter your slices of bread on both sides.
- Assemble your braaibroodjie by first layering your spinach, then your cooked bacon, onions, and feta cheese.
- Season with pepper and braai the broodjies for three minutes on each side.
- Serve warm.
Tip: Place your finished braaibroodjies in a Folding Grid to easily turn them as they start to braai. If you don’t have one, make sure to use a stainless steel spatula (not a plastic one) to turn your braaibroodjies.
Another great tip: Braaibroodjies reaches its heavenly status when you braai your braaibroodjies after all the meat has been braaied. This way, the bread soaks up the fat on the grill or braai grid for that extra lekker juicy flavour.
Now you can take your good old classic braaibroodjies to the next level at any get together with friends and family.