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Braaibroodjie Tutorial – South Africans should know this.

Posted on November 29, 2017 by in cheese

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Braaibroodjie Tutorial

A Braaibroodjie Tutorial, say whaaaaat? Yes, Here is my top tips for making delicious braaibroodjies. ( For all non-South-Africans, it is a sandwich, traditionally made with cheese, tomato and onion and cooked on a grid on the open fire.) Maybe I am naive in thinking that people don’t know about braaibroodjies, I found  article about it on The Kitchen, how awesome is that?

My Braaibroodjie Tutorial is based on what WE like on a braaibroodjie. The purists will most probably have a heart attack, but my family and friends love it. South Africans are quite obsessive about their braaibroodjies and every family swears by their “recipe”. Here are a few crazy variations:

Apricot Jam, tomato, onion and cheese

Chutney, tomato and Cheese

Basil, tomato and Mozzarella

Ham, cheese, mayo and tomato and the list goes on.

Quite frankly, I could eat all of those, but do they define a braaibroodjie? I don’t know and I don’t care. Cook the food you family loves people, it is the road to success.

So let’s get going.

Braaibroodjie Tutorial

The Bread

The list of breads to choose from is endless. So I’ll give you my personal favorites:


White (goverment) loaf


Bread rolls


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Tomatoes – I prefer fresh, ripe tomatoes, but canned, sun-dried and chutney can work.

Onions – red or white, even a red onion marmelade is delicious. Even little pickle onions will give a delicious tang to your braaibroodjie.

Peppers – red, green or yellow


Braaibroodjie Tutorial


Cheddar – I love a good mature cheddar. Lately I love Fairview’s new Cheddar Range (just check out all the delicious flavor combinations)

Mozzarella – will always deliver on the cheese pull

Camembert or Brie – for a more sophisticated crowd


Goat’s Cheese

Braaibroodjie Tutorial

Other toppings

Cured Meats


fresh herbs


chutneys and relishes

So here are my two favorites

Braaibroodjie Tutorial

Red Onion Marmelade and Cheddar

serves 4


8 slices  ciabatta

4 t/20 ml Dijon mustard

4 T ( or more ) Red Onion marmalade

1 x 100 g Fairview Cheddar Dried Red Onion- grated

salt/pepper to taste

4 t butter


Spread the mustard on 4 of the slices of ciabatta. Top with the onion marmalade and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Close the sandwich with the other slice and butter both sides of the sandwich. Toast on in a grid, very slow open fire or in the paninni machine.

Braaibroodjie Tutorial

Classic Tomato and Cheese


8 slices white bread

2-3 ripe tomatoes

1 small onion – sliced

1 x 100 g Fairview Cheddar Tomato and Chili – Grated

60 g/ 4 T grated mozzarella

salt and pepper to taste


Pack the tomato, onion, cheeses, salt and pepper on 4 op the slices. Top with the other 4 slices and braai on in a grid, very slow, open fire or in the paninni machine.

Wine best to go with these delicious Braaibroodjies are the following:

Fairview Extraño

Enjoy with tapas, chorizo and spicy stews. Pairs beautifully with the cheese varieties with onion and chili.

Broken Barrel 2015

A great match for all manner of meat and Italian, tomato based dishes.

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