There is nothing that celebrates the spirit of summer quite like a braai, and here in South Africa, we know a piece of boerewors and a succulent piece of chicken is bliss when you throw it over some flames.
One part ritual and one part flavour booster, a braai is a fantastic way to celebrate the sunny season and try something new. It’s also a great way to pack flavour into foods that stretch far beyond a simple piece of meat. And remember, you don’t have to break the bank to make delicious meals for our loved ones.
Here are some foods that taste better on the braai:
Corn on the cob is a well-celebrated South African staple. Put these golden cylinders onto the braai, and you have a braai-time classic. To take your grilled corn to the next level, serve it with lashings of chakalaka butter and a sprinkling of your favourite flavoured Aromat. This is a sure way to turn traditional grilled corn into a proper South African delight.
Often served in a bake and loaded with cheese, this versatile vegetable can be enjoyed in so many different ways, especially when it’s straight off the grill. It’s delicious when sliced into large steak-like slabs, dressed with olive oil and sprinkled with herbs and spices before being grilled to perfection. Or for something different, add the grilled florets as a base for a salad rather than pasta.
If you are tired of the traditional side offerings of potato salads and coleslaw, why not give this one a shot. Simply throw a few sweet potatoes, wrapped in foil onto the griddle for about 35 minutes or until fork-tender. Serve them with sour cream and chives, sprinkled with coarse salt or with a light cilantro and lime drizzle.
Yup, you read that correctly. A thick wedge of pound cake or Madeira cake is brilliantly levelled up with a quick indirect toast on the braai. It takes on a yummy smokiness that works beautifully with the floral vanilla flavours in the cake.
Serve it with ice cream for a warm and cool contrast or with fresh berries or citrus fruit for a refreshing burst of flavour.
Stone fruit also holds up well when grilled and pairs deliciously in a warm salad or over a dessert such as pavlova, served with lashings of whipped cream and. Grilled stone fruit is ideal when paired with salty cured hams and cheeses such as feta and goats cheese.