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The braai broodjie is a South African braai staple and is usually served on white or brown bread; spread with lashings of butter on the outside, and filled with thick, juicy slices of tomato, onion and cheese on the inside. 

On September 24th, we celebrate Heritage Day, which has also become a popular day to invite a few friends over to have a braai (National Braai Day) and cook up some meat and wors. 

No South African braai is complete without the original South African toasties, otherwise known as “braai broodjies”.   

For those looking for a gourmet version, renowned Durban caterers Blue Strawberry has some gourmet variations for you to try. 

  • Brie and fig Jam – add preserved fig and some crushed nuts for texture
  • Chip ‘n Cheese -slap chips, curry gravy and oozy cheese
  • S’more Variation – Nuttella, sliced banana and marshmallows
  • Peanut butter and Bacon – crunchy peanut butter in lashings with crisp bacon and some salted peanuts for crunch
  • Black mushroom and Haloumi – sliced and fried black mushrooms well drained with sliced haloumi and a little mozzarella for the stretch
  • Croque Monsieur – good quality ham, Dijon mustard, emmentale cheese and a lathering of béchamel sauce
  • Bacon with a bite – crisp bacon, tomato sambal- tomato, onion and chilli diced with a dash of vinegar, cheddar and mozzarella
  • Cheese and sweet chilli – combine three cheeses and a good splash of sweet chilli with chopped coriander

The standard braai broodjie recipe is as follows: 

Butter the bread, place lots of grated cheese on the bread, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper and be sure to braai slowly.