For those of you planning not to go anywhere today after Ramaphosa’s speech on Monday, you might want to take out that braai stand in the garage and defrost that frozen meat because we have a few braai ideas for you.
Covid-19 has taught us that spending time with family is better than going out to clubs and inhaling all the toxic air people exhale while strutting their stuff on the dancefloor. It has also taught us to appreciate the fine things in life, like a lekker traditional braai.
Keep your family’s hunger at bay with these quick and easy braai snacks.
A South African take on Nose to Tail dining; lamb’s liver wrapped in caul fat and braaied to perfection! Recipe for Traditional Skdjiesilpa
SERIOUSLY LEKKER SKILPADJIES
If you looking for a more contemporary take on the South African classic try these skilpadjies. They’re stuffed with nuts, Camembert and candied figs, making them seriously lekker! Recipe for Lekker Skilpadjies
PERI-PERI CHICKEN LOLLIPOPS
You’ll feel like an adult child eating these fiery lollipops. Recipe for Peri-Peri Chicken
TANDOORI CHICKEN WINGS
All the spice of tandoori braaied to perfection. Recipe for Tandoori Chicken Wings
VENISON WORS WITH TIPSY ONIONS
Try these sweet and boozy onions with some wors for a gourmet boerie roll. Recipe For Venison Wors
SHERRY MARINATED BOEREWORS
Incredibly easy to make and so tasty, serve with a good quality German mustard. Recipe For Sherry Marinated Boerewors
THE ULTIMATE BRAAI BROODJIES
A braai wouldn’t be a braai without braaibroodjies – our favourite kind of toastie. Recipe For Braai Broodjies
Never fear banters, you too can enjoy the greatness of toasties with this carb-free version. Recipe For Brinjal Braaibroodjies
BEST BRAAI RECIPES: FISH ON THE BRAAI
There’s nothing more South African than apricot snoek on the braai. Here are a few more fish braai recipes for when you’re feeling like something fishy.
CURRIED KAAPSE KROKODIL
Did you know that snoek is one of South Africa’s most sustainable fish? As if you needed another reason to get the grid out. Recipe For Braaied Snoek
WHOLE BRAAIED YELLOWTAIL
We recommend braaing yellowtail over rooikrans wood to get a deep penetration of smokey flavours. Keep your ears pierced for that “tsss” sound as the fish hits the grid. Recipe For Whole Braaied Yellowtail
FIRE-BAKED DUKKAH OYSTERS
The easiest way to prepare oysters, no shucking needed, and it’s the perfect introduction to first-time oyster eaters. Recipe For Fire-Baked Oysters
YELLOWTAIL DARNES WITH A HERBY MASCARPONE BUTTER
Think of this dish as the fish version of Café de Paris steak. Recipe For Yellowtail Darnes
N’ DOP EN N’ TJOP
On a stick or on the bone, these dishes were meant to be eaten with one hand and with a tipple in the other.
MOROCCAN LAMB KEBAB & BACON WRAPPED DATES
The spicy kick of harissa fuses with the creaminess of yoghurt, and the Moroccan rub adds that extra spicy flavour. Recipe For Moroccan Lamb Kebab
CHIPOTLE HONEY CHICKEN & PINEAPPLE KEBABS
Sweet, spicy, smoky, these tender kebabs are everything you could want for meat on a stick. Recipe For Chipotle Honey Chicken Pineapple Kebab
VETKOEK STEAK SLIDERS WITH HORSERADISH MAYO
One of best braai recipes that combines another SA classic – nomnomnom.
Try this Vetkoek Steak Sliders recipe.
OLD SCHOOL COKE MARINATED BEEF SHORT RIBS
Coke makes a mean marinade and well, short ribs, who doesn’t love those?
Try this Old School Coke Marinated Beef Short Ribs recipe.
CAPE MALAY SOSATIE
Sosaties (skewered meat) although Malay in origin have crept their way into many a South African home. Recipe For Cape Malay Sosatie
LAMB LOIN CHOPS WITH MINT SALSA VERDE
Who could resist a lamb chop on the open fire, especially drizzled with this delicious mint salsa verde? The answer… no-one. Recipe For Lamb Loin Chops With Mint Salsa Verde
VEGAN MUSHROOM KEBABS WITH FLATBREADS AND CASHEW AIOLI
There’s always that vegan friend at the braai and why not cater to them too! These skewers of mixed mushrooms have a deliciously meaty flavour and texture and yet are completely vegan friendly .
BALSAMIC MARINATED STEAK & MUSHROOM KEBABS
This dish is perfect for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We love the tangy balsamic marinade.
HARISSA MARINATED LAMB LOIN CHOPS
The chop gets a Moroccan makeover with this punchy harissa marinade. Recipe For Harissa Lamb Loin Chops
PINEAPPLE BBQ SPARE RIBS
No braai would be complete without some ribs. We love the sweet pineapple-y goodness of this marinade. Recipe For Pineapple BBQ Ribs
CHIPOTLE BEEF SHORT RIBS
Roll up them sleeves, it’s about to get messy… but so worth it. Recipe For Chipotle Beef Short Ribs
OLD SCHOOL COKE BEEF SHORT RIBS
Coke is the perfect marinade to a meaty dish it caramelises to perfection. Recipe For Coke Beef Short Ribs
BEST BRAAI RECIPES: MEATY MAINS
No braai is complete without a show-stopping centerpiece, these take minimal effort, feed a crowd and will have you crowned the ultimate braai master.
BRAAIED BACON WRAPPED PORK FILLET
It can be very easy to overcook pork on an open fire, luckily the bacon adds not only an extra layer of flavour but helps keep the moisture in. Just don’t take your eyes off the prize. Recipe For Braaied Bacon Wrapped Pork Fillet
BARBECUED BUTTERFLIED LEG OF LAMB
Nothing beats a butterflied leg of lamb, except maybe braaing it. Recipe For Barbecued Butterflied Leg Of Lamb
SMOKEY SPRING CHICKEN
This chick is best done in a Weber, it gives you the greatest control of heat ensuring a succulent and juicy bird. Recipe For Smokey Chicken
PICANHA STEAK ON TOASTED CIABATTA WITH MUSTARD CREAM
Picanha is a cut of beef made popular in Brazil. It’s naturally tender so makes for a great sarmie. Recipe For Picanha Steak
BEEF & PUMPKIN POTJIE WITH FETA & HERB DUMPLING
Ah, the three legged cast iron pot-Potjiekos. There is nothing small about you dear friend, when people say it’s too cold for a braai you remind us it’s never too cold for a fire! Recipe For Beef & Pumpkin Potjie
This is a great cheats way of making an amazing meal on a budget and it could feed a small army. Recipe For Chuck-Chilli Potjie
CHILLI, HONEY AND LIME PORK LOIN CHOPS WITH A LIME AND PARMESAN HERB SALAD
These juicy chops will be a crowd-pleaser with a fresh Lime & Parmesan Herb Salad. Hands down, one of the best braai recipes out there.
BRAAIED LAMB RIBS WITH ARTICHOKES AND CITRUS VINAIGRETTE
Ribs are one of the tastiest parts of the lamb and when slow-cooked right, they become crispy lamb flavour bombs.
RIB-EYE STEAK WITH STOUT SALT & BONE MARROW BUTTER
Kick your braai up a notch with this rib-eye steak. Add some stout salt and a seriously rich bone marrow butter to your steak and you’ll be licking the plate once it’s done.
AMBER ALE STICKY LAMB SHANK & BACON SWEET POTATOES
Doesn’t the combo of a sticky lamb shank and sweet potatoes sound absolutely mouth-watering? Adding bacon to the potatoes is really just glutouns but we love it!
Now that you have your best braai recipes chosen, you’ll need some sides. Check out our favourite braai salads and sides to complete your outdoorsy feast. And don’t forget pudding! These are our top braai desserts.
This article originally appeared on Crushmag online and EntertainmentSA would like to acknowledge their recipes and tips.
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