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Sweet Chilli Lamb Chops

This was submitted by avid braaier from Durban, Amith Gosai. If you have a special recipe worthy of being on this website, please submit it at the bottom of the recipes page. But follow the example set by Amith, and type clearly and coherently, so that the recipe can be understood and executed by other people. We are not necessarily looking for poetry, but for clear instructions. If you have additional advice, give it. If you have a camera that takes decent photos, take a picture of the dish, and email it to me.

Sweet Chilli Lambs Chops, photo courtesy of Amith Gosai.

Ingredients

  • Any cut Lamb chops (4)
  • 3 green chillis
  • 1 clove garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp Worcester Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp bbq sauce (any variety)

Method

  1. Mince the chilli’s, garlic & ginger then mix together in a big mixing bowl.
  2. Add the salt, turmeric powder, brown sugar & black pepper.
  3. Mix well and add the oil to form a paste.
  4. Add the bbq sauce, lemon juice & Worcester Sauce.
  5. When you have your marinade, rub it onto each chop making sure you coat them well. Allow to marinate in the fridge for an hour after which its ready to go on the hot braai.

Additional Advice

If you find it dry, you can make a quick basting sauce for it while on the grill. melt butter, peri peri sauce & honey. mix well & pour over the chops as they’re getting braaied.

How to make putu pap

Now that you can blow a Vuvuzela, the next step is learning how to properly make Putu pap. Putu pap, also known as “Putu Porridge” and “Krummelpap” looks good and tastes great, but is sometimes difficult to make if you did not grow up in the Freestate. Here is the answer to the critical question: How do you make Putu Pap?

Swartpotjie (Cast Iron Pot), Fork & Wood. All the equipment that you need.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 cups of maize meal
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • some more water

Method

  1. Bring the 2 cups of water to boil in a cast iron pot.
  2. Add the salt to the water.
  3. Throw the 3 cups of maize meal in the water, aiming for the middle. You should now see a tower of maize meal resembling a mine dump, its base in the water and top protruding. Do not touch it.
  4. Put the lid on the pot, and remove from the fire. Leave the pot with the gentle heat of some coals for 20 minutes, until all the water was absorbed into, or steamed into, the maize meal tower.
  5. Remove the lid. Take a big fork, the one you use for holing a leg of lamb whilst carving it, and stir the porridge, until it looks like Putu pap.
  6. Add some more water (about half a cup, depending on how much heat you had in the first 20 minutes, and how moist you want the end product). All water added should be instantly absorbed by the porridge. Stir again.
  7. Replace the lid, and let steam for another 20 minutes on the gentle heat of coals. Resist the temptation to open the lid all the time, but opening once or twice to stir it again and see that its not burning is acceptable.

Other comments

  • If the bottom of the porridge burns a crust in the pot, don’t stress, this is quite normal and does not influence the taste negatively. The crust can easily be removed afterwards.
  • This recipe is foolproof and works as well almost as well on a stove.
  • A nr.1 or nr.2 pot works best for this amount or maize meal, but a bigger pot will also suffice.
  • If you want more porridge, the recipe can be scaled, keeping the same ratios.

How to braai a Mackerel

In the past, my fish eating has basically been limited to braaied snoek and the occasional Sushi in Seapoint. A few weeks ago I taught myself how to braai Salmon during a trip to Norway, and that now forms part of a short list of “fish meals that I eat”. That list grew to three, when I learned how to braai a mackerel. I am pretty sure that there is not a better way to braai a mackerel, and at the time of eating, I said that it was the “best braaied fish that I have ever eaten”.

Mackerel, en route to the braai.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 1 small mackerel
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • few sprigs of thyme
  • few sprigs of parsley
  • half a lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Method

  1. Wash the inside and outside of the Mackerel with water, and tap dry with a paper towel.
  2. Grind Salt & Pepper on inside & outside.
  3. Make 4 or 5 incisions on each side of the fish with a sharp knife.
  4. Place half a garlic clove and some parsley and thyme in each incision.
  5. Put the rest of the Parsley & Thyme inside the fish, and squeeze lemon juice into inside and onto outside of the fish.
  6. Brush outside of fish with olive oil (for taste, and for not sticking to the grid).
  7. Place inside a fish grill (if you have one, otherwise a normal grill) and braai for 15 minutes on medium coals.

Peri Peri sauce recipe for a braai

There might be better places than Mozambique to get quality Peri-Peri sauce, but them I am not aware of them. Mozambique is of course pretty far when you happen to be touring Europe and want a braaied Prego Steak Roll. This is what I did:

Everything you need for Peri Peri sauce. (Not all the garlic, just two cloves).

Ingredients

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (Some recipes call for paprika powder. Paprika is another name for what we call Red Pepper, so I used a fresh one).
  • 2 Chilies (read “other comments” below)
  • 2 Large cloves of garlic
  • 1 Lemon
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Chop the pepper, chillies and garlic into a bowl and squeeze the juice of the lemon onto it.
  2. Use a food processor or hand held blender and puree the above.
  3. Add oil and mix with a spoon.

Other Comments

  • Take care when visiting the bathroom after chopping chilies.
  • “Two chillies” is a relative concept. After you put the hand held blender to the mixture, and all the pips are chopped and blended into the sauce, it gives the burn you are looking for. If it’s not enough, add another chili.
  • When squeezing out the juice of the lemon, make sure the pips don’t join the party.
  • You can add as much oil as you wish. Sunflower oil will also work.
  • This sauce will also go very well with braaied Chicken, and with braaied white Fish.
  • Marinade the steaks in some of the sauce. Heat the rest of the sauce before adding it to your braaied steak and roll.
  • The sauce is even better the next day.

Braaied Chicken, Feta & Sundried Tomato Burger

All burgers are not created equal. There will be no long introduction story for the braaied Chicken, Feta and Sundried Tomato burger patty. The recipe speaks for itself. This is a development of a recipe published by journalist Lise Beyers a while ago.

The deluxe version of a chicken burger. You get the picture.

Ingredients (for four patties)

  • 4 Chiken Breasts
  • 2 Feta Wheels
  • 1 pack (200g-250g) Sundried Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • If you like herbs, herbs.

Method

  1. Cut Chicken breasts, Feta and Sundied Tomatoes into pieces.
  2. Mix the above and Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Herbs in a bowl.
  3. Divide mixture into four, and make four patties.
  4. Place foil in a grid, and wet the foil on four places with olive oil. Place the patties on these four spots, and start to braai. Risk of burning is minimal due to the foil, so heat is not your enemy.
  5. Place another sheet of foil on top, close the grid, and turn. Continue braaing until the patties are set, and then remove the foil from both sides, when each respective sheet is on top.
  6. Braai until the chicken is done, and serve on buttered prego rolls.

Hamburger on the braai

I recently went to Hamburg, and did some research on the origin of Hamburgers. To read about that (the origin, not the visit) click here. After all of that, I was obviously in the mood to braai a Hamburger, so this is what I did: Store bought Hamburger patties. You can obviously make them yourself but this really is a “Monday of Tuesday night after-work braai recipe”. The packet I bought had four patties, and I was surprised by the quality (see this close-up photo of a patty). According the packaging you can defrost it first, or braai it frozen. So I defrosted two, and left the other two in the fridge. The ones that went onto the braai frozen braaied easier, as their sides sealed before they could stick to the grid. All four tasted the same in the end.

Yes, this is exactly what it looks like. A patty, on the braai, with some cheese melting on top of it.

Ingredients

  • 4 Hamburger patties
  • 4 Hamburger rolls
  • 4 Thick slices of cheese
  • 1 Big, 2 Medium or 4 Small Tomatoes
  • 4 Lettuce leaves
  • Hamburger sauce (I bought this at the store to try it out, was pretty good, but a mix of Mayonaise and Chutney will be even better).
  • Dried Onion chips (If you cannot find this, fry two real onions).

Method

  1. Braai the patties until medium turning 3 – 5 times in total. Just before the patties are ready, after the last turn, place a slice of cheese on top of each so that the cheese can slightly melt.
  2. Put a patty with cheese on the bottom half of each bun, and add all the other ingredients.
  3. The order really does not matter, so go for something that will look good on photos.
  4. Eat. In my opinion eating French Fries at home is really stupid and the time spent making them could be spent standing around the braai. If you want to eat more, braai and make more hamburgers.

Salmon on the Braai

I spent the past weekend in Oslo. My knowledge of Norway is pretty limited and by far the most exiting part of the visit for me was the possible access to fresh Norwegian Salmon. I was not disappointed. Due to the bad weather, the first piece of fresh fish that I bought could not be braaied, so I cut it up in pieces and ate a man sized portion of Salmon Sashimi. The next day I had better luck with the weather, and managed the braai described below.

Braaied Salmon. One of the best meals you will ever eat.

Ingredients per single serving:

  • 250 gram Norwegian Salmon fillet
  • Dash of Soy Sauce
  • Quarter of a Lemon
  • Dash of Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper

Method

  1. Drizzle the fish with Soy Sauce on both sides.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over both sides.
  3. Roll the fish around in the sauce, making sure all parts are covered, and then drizzle with Olive Oil.
  4. Grind a bit of black pepper over the fish.
  5. Leave for 10 – 20 minutes for the sauces to slightly enter the meat. Longer is not good, as the delicate meat of the fish will then be broken down to much by the marinade.
  6. Turn the meat around one final time, ensuring maximum exposure of all sides to the marinade.
  7. Braai for between 5 and 10 minutes on medium coals, turning only once.
  8. Eat immediately whilst still warm.

Jordies Lamb Shank

Posted by Chris Jordan

Ingredients

  • Top grade lamb shanks
  • Mint
  • Italian herbs
  • Honey & Mint basting sauce

Method

  • Leave lamb in fridge for at least 36 hours, the bright pink will change to a deep reddish color
  • Rub lavishly with Mint and Italian Herbs
  • Light a fire in a Weber (indirect heat) and place on grill for 73.56 minutes
  • Baste with a Honey and Mint baste, turn over and leave for 11.66 minutes
  • Take off Weber and let it stand for 5.78 minutes

Please remember to leave the bones for Wagter.

Butternut & feta side dish

Posted by Spicegirl

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut, skinned and cut into small chunks
  • 1 round of feta cheese
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme
  • 3 TBSP fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP butter

Thyme. Appears in a famous song together with Parsley, Sage and Rosemary.

    Method

    • Boil the butternut until half cooked.
    • Drain and place in an ovenproof dish.
    • Crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle with thyme, chives and garlic.
    • Mix cream, egg, salt and pepper together and pour over the butternut.
    • Dot with butter.
    • Place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 180°C.
    • Serve warm

    Die Snoek Artikel

    Posted by Emile Joubert. WEG

    Ingredients

    Om ‘n snoek te braai is soos om jou vrou te soen net warmer en meer bevredigend. Want almal het sy manier om dit te doen. Voor ek by Johann se tegniek uitkom onthou die volgende:

    Vermy ‘n pap snoek. Dit is soos om katkos in meelvorm te eet
    Gevriesde snoek is daar niks fout mee nie – Ontdooi dit net een uur voor jy hom op die vuur gooi
    ‘n Snoek het soms welklein wit wurmpies tussen die vleis. Vat dit soos ‘n man
    Voor die braaislag moet die snoek oopgevlek wees wat dit een velkant en een vleiskant gee
    Hoe groter die snoek hoe lekkerder
    Warm vuur groot rooster.

    Raw snoek. Pretty to look at, not advisable to eat. Before eating you must braai snoek.

    Method

    LAAT BRAAI MERAAI

    As jy op die Johann Krige manier wil braai moet jy ongeveer 10 minute voor die mense wil eet begin braai. Ja     hier braai ons snoek in ses

    Begin deur jou liggesoute snoek op die toeklap-rooster te sit. Plaas die rooster na die kole met die velkant na die warm kole. Raps die vis vir so 30 sekondes op die hitte en draai om.

    Tussen die braaiery deur het jy ‘n belangrike bestanddeel nodig synde die bedruipsous. Nou hierdie kan ‘n komplekse konkoksie wees met meer bestanddele as ‘n Indiese musiekprent. Johann hou dit eenvoudig. Om die snoek se geur te laat deurkom. ‘En as die ander mense meer brand of soet wil he.

    Johann se snoeksous bestaan dus uit: twee-derdes olyfolie. Een-derde wit wyn.

    Dis al.

    Maak dit in ‘n wynbottel met ‘n skroeftop aan. Steek gate in die skroefdop. En terwyl jy die snoek braai spuit hom mildelik met die sous elke keer dat hy omgedraai word. Die prosedeure vorm ‘n stoomaksie saam met die braai die rede waarom jy net ses

    Bestuur jou vis-rooster-kontak. Wikkel die rooster met elke draaislag om te verhoed dat die vis nie vasbrand nie. En draai soveel keer as wat jy wil. Teen hierdie spoed maak dit nie saak nie.

    Die snoek is reg wanneer hy in vetterige wit wigte van die grate gepluk kan word. Daai unieke geur van see vis en braaihout. Hemel kan nie beter wees nie.

    Braai’d Butternut

    Posted by Belinda

    Ingredients

    • 1 x large butternut
    • 1 x tbls Olive oil
    • 1 x tsp Origanum or Rosemary
    • Salt & pepper to taste

    Rosemary. Features in a very famous song together with Parsley, Sage and Thyme.

    Method

    1. Skin the butternut
    2. Slice butternut into disks
    3. Mix other ingredients together
    4. Marinade the disks in mixture for 15 min (can be marinated the day before)
    5. Braai the butternut till soft

    Bierblik Hoender

    Posted by Francois Drury

    Ingredients

    • Jou gunsteling bier
    • Jou gunsteling spices
    • Knoffel
    • Heel hoender

    Method

    • Vat ‘n groot sluk van jou gunsteling bier
    • Meng jou spice met ‘n bietjie knoffel en spice die hoender.
    • Maak die hoender regop sit op die bierblik.
    • Vat foelie en maak albei die drumsticks toe aan die onderkant.
    • Plaas foelie oor die res van die hoender .
    • Moet nie die foelie te styf teen die hoender druk nie.
    • Plaas hoender op die kole vir so 1 uur 30 min.
    • Dit is die beste hoender wat jy sal proe.

    Pistachio sauce & Marinade for Lamb

    Posted by Little Sister

    Ingredients

    2 Garlic cloves
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1 TSP tomato puree
    2 TSPns Cumin seeds
    2 TBSP roughly chopped fresh coriander
    1 TBSP olive oil
    1/2 Onion
    Black pepper

    Method

    Just mix all together.  
    Put your chosen meat and marinade in a plastic food bag
    Playing with the package every so often to distribute marinade nicely

    Tip: Grind the seeds first before you add the rest for the marinade.

    Pistachio Sauce

    Ingredients:
    150g Shelled pistachio nuts
    Grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 Garlic clove
    Small bunch chopped flat leave parsley
    Couple of chopped mint leaves
    1 TBSP water
    5 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
    Sea salt and black pepper

    Method:
    Crush the nuts in a mortar & pestle or food processor
    Mix all the ingredients together.
    Braai your meat as you like it and serve with the sauce.

    Tips on what to serve with this:
    Tabbouleh is ideal with this.
    A green salad
    A pilaf with tomato and aubergines (all the boerseuns : that is a rice dish) is perfect and makes a special meal.
    Some plain boiled baby potatoes.
    Grill aubergines on the braai and serve with the meat

    Other ideas:
    Use the marinade for chicken as well.
    Add some ground cinnamon to the marinade and serve with hummus.
    Serve with a bowl of Greek yoghurt

    Recommendation for the meat:
    Neck fillets are deliciously tender. Otherwise  I recommend lamb rump steaks
    You can use the marinade for choppies but when you have de boned lamb the pistachio sauce works best.

    Garlic Potatoes

    Posted by Bianca Bosman

    Ingredients

    • Baby potatoes
    • Head/s of garlic-separated into cloves
    • Tin foil
    • Blossom light margarine (animal product free)

    Method

    • Place about 5 potatoes, with a dollop of margerine and a handful of the garlic cloves into tinfoil packages.
    • Place on coals
    • Leave untill tender and delicious.

    Mielie Melkpap

    Posted by Jonathan Booth

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups Ace Mielie Meal
    • 2 cups full cream milk
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 tin sweet corn
    • Salt
    • Bacon and/or mushrooms (optional)

    Method

    • Heat up milk and water (over braai or stove). Just before it reaches boiling point, pour the two cups of Ace mielie meal (extensive research has shown this to be the best for this recipe) into the liquid to form a cone in the middle of the pot. Turn heat down to half of maximum, or less (or move to edge of grid/remove coals from base). Add a few pinches of salt. Leave cone for about a minute before stirring vigorously with a fork. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring as few times as possible (with a good pot you won’t need to stir). Add sweet corn and other chosen, precooked ingredients (bacon is good). Depending on your sweet corn, this may add lots of liquid. Leave pap for at least another 20 minutes, or until its reached your favourite consistency. Important not to burn, even slightly burnt pap is inedible, thus smell it often. Eat with favourite sous and wors.
    • Using a thick based pot/potjie is best for this recipe.

    Boerewors Sosaties

    Posted by Carmen van Zyl

    Ingredients

    • Boerewors
    • Onion
    • Green Pepper
    • Pineapple
    • Cherry Tomatoes

    Method

    • Chop vegies (except tomatoes) in big chunks
    • Cut Boerewors in 5cm pieces
    • Skewer wors & vegetables (alternating the two)
    • Braai until wors is done, but still juicy.
    • Tip: It is easier to cut & skewer wors if it’s still frozen.

    Soet – Suur Hoender Potjie

    Posted by Shaun

    Ingredients

    • 1 kg hoenderstukke goed opgekap
    • 500g skulp noodles
    • 250g spek
    • 1 bottel Sauvignon Blanc
    • 500g wit sampioene
    • 1 All Gold Mushroom pasta sous
    • 1 pakkie hoender noodle sop
    • 2 250ml room
    • 2 uie
    • Olyf olie

    Method

    • Die pot is n wenner van vele kompetisies en defnitief die moeite werd om te probeer.
    • Braai die uie in die olyf olie, tot lekker bruin en sag, voeg die hoender by en laat die pot stadig prut vir 20min.
    • Kook die noodles gaar binnenshuis en voeg die spek by die hoender en prut vir n ekstra 10 min.
    • Voeg dan die gesnyde sampioene by en laat dit 10 min toe om te kook.
    • Oplaas voeg die gekookte pasta en die sop (gemeng in 50ml water), die pasta sous, die room en sout en peper na smaak en laat die pot toe om 20 min te prut.

    Bedien met n goeie Chenin Blanc.

    Chop sosaties

    Posted by Emile Joubert

    Ingredients

    3 loin chops per sosatie    
    Sosatie skewers     
    Lemon juice    
    Worcester Sauce

    Method

    Trim the bone away from the chop leaving the meat and the lovely strip of fat. Skewer three boneless chops on a sosatie skewer or if you are really fancy onto a rosemary stick. Marinade in lemon juice and Worcester sauce for an hour. Braai on hot coals for 4 to 6 minutes

    Braaied Pork Spareribs

    Posted by Wynand van Ellewee

    Ingredients

    • 1,5kg pork spareribs, washed and trimmed
    • 125ml soy sauce
    • 25ml honey
    • 15ml sherry
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed

    Spare Ribs. Adam also had some.

    Method

      1. Place the spareribs in a shallow baking dish.
      2. Combine the ingredients for the marinade and pour over the ribs. (If you need more marinade, increase all the ingredients).
      3. Marinate for 2 hours, turning once.
      4. Drain, reserving the marinade.
      5. Braai the spareribs over moderate coals for about 25-30 minutes, turning and basting often with marinade.
      6. When they are 80% done, you can (but dont have to) cut them and throw them back with the remaining marinade and toss them around in the bowl. Return to grid and finish the braai. The sauce will then also cover their exposed sides, as shown on the photo.

        Karma-Free Kebabs

        Posted by Anne Campbell

        Ingredients

        1 x box Fry’s Traditional “Braai Sausages”
        (defrosted & each sausage cut into 4 pieces)
        1 x tin diced pineapples drained
        1 x red onion
        1 x punnet whole mushrooms
        1 x yellow or red pepper
        Skewer Sticks pre-soaked in cold water (so that they don’t burn on the fire)

        Red Peppers. Not to be confused with Red chili Peppers.

        Method

        Place ingredients onto skewer sticks alternating the cut defrosted “sausages” and vegetables; place on a karma-free section of said braai for approximately 10 minutes on a medium heat.

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