Braaibroodjies – wood fired toasted sandwiches – proudly South African
One of the true South African cuisines is braaibroodjies, or best translated from Afrikaans as barbecued sandwiches. They are delicious and easy to make. No braai / barbecue is complete without them.
There are only a few steps in making the perfect braaibroodjies which I will provide below. I do believe the success however lies in the person making the fire and braaing (barbecuing) the bread as almost anyone can ‘build’ a sandwich. Your coals need to be mild, you should be able to keep your hand above them for a few moments (at least more than 5 counts), you should turn the grid often to keep them from burning and should also have the patience to wait until the inside is perfect, melted cheese and warm tomato.
When we braai/barbecue we make some extra braaibroodjies and keep some for the next morning, it is one of the best things in the morning with a nice cup of strong coffee.
– sliced bread (white or brown works best as seed loaf falls apart)
– salt & pepper
– sauce: chutney & mayonnaise mix (optional)
1. lay open the sliced bread, two slices per sandwich
2. butter one side per slice
3. add the grated or sliced cheese to one side of the sandwich
4. add sliced tomato on top of this
5. add thinly sliced onion rings on top of this
6. season with salt and pepper
7. if you want extra moisture you can add a sauce where you mixed a bit of chutney and mayonnaise
8. close the sandwiches & place on the grid (one that closes firmly)
9. place grid over medium wood fire
10. turn slowly allowing inside of sandwich to warm up, cheese must start melting and tomato must be warm, outside of bread will turn crispy
11. take off of grid when ready, should not turn black
I trust you will enjoy this!