• Cara-Lee Compton

Your braai edit for the weekend

I can only imagine during this lockdown how many times people have opted for a quick braai. It's easy and convenient, throw in some starch and a salad and you have a proper meal. This is where I want to help you out in taking your braai to the next level. There is no need to settle for a garden salad and a store bought garlic bread every time. Get your grocery list because you definitely want to try it out this weekend.

1. Caramelised onion, bacon and brie 'flatbread'

This one promises to be a crowd pleaser!

Photo: Pinterest

The ingredients:

- Puff pastry roll (frozen)

- One onion (red onion also works)

- Bacon (bacon bits/ small cuts)

- Brie

The method:

- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

- Roll out a part of the pastry into a square with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. You can slightly fold the edges.

- Start caramelising the chopped onion by combining it in a frying pan with a bit of butter/ olive oil. Then add some brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in the pan and fry until the onions crips and caramelise (the taste will tell when it's right).

- Fry the bacon bits in a frying pan until crispy.

- When done, cut the brie into strips and place it on the base of the pastry. Then spread the

onions and bacon across the pastry, on top of the brie.

- Pop it in the oven until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.

- Let it cool for a while before cutting into squares.

There you go, a quick and easy (and impressive) braai-side.

2. Next level braai broodjie

There's a very good reason for people writing songs about braai broodjies. They truly are the death of me. I stole this recipe from a friend, Elize, and I just have to give her credits for changing my life with this one.

Photo: Pinterest

The ingredients:

- Bread (Artisan bread is best)

- Butter

- Preserved figs/ fig jam

- Baby spinach

- Mozzarella

- Paprika

The method:

- Spread some butter on the inside of the bread slices.

- Stack the spinach leaves, mozzarella slices and the

preserved fig (that you cut into small pieces) or you can spread your

fig jam, on the bread. Lastly, dust the paprika over the top

of the stack and add the top slice.

- These amazing creations are now ready to go into

a 'toeklap rooster' or a braai grill. Braai until toasty!

3. Pizza-stack

This recipe might be the easiest and best go-to you have ever seen.

Photo: Pinterest

The ingredients:

- Any two frozen pizzas.

The method:

- Make sure that the two pizzas' ingredients are complementary

i.e. Hawaiian and Mushroom & Ham.

- Stick the two pizzas together and put them on the braai, obviously

it would be best if you put them in a grill that keeps them

sticking together.

Braai it until it's toasty and crispy on the outside. It's easy as that!

4. Extra Extra Garlic Bread

Normal garlic breads will tell this garlic bread to

stop being so extra. Just like the previous recipe, this one is super easy if you

are low on time and want to put in minimum effort

for maximum success.

The ingredients:

Photo: Pinterest

- Store bought garlic bread

- Or any store bought french loaf/ ciabatta

- Anything you want to add to the bread i.e

biltong, peppadews, bacon, mozzarella, feta etc.

The method:

- Open the bread you bought, before putting it in the oven or on the braai.

- If it is already cut open at the top, that's great,

or else you cut the bread into 'slices' without cutting all the way through.

- Now, fill the gaps with whatever ingredients you decided on, a few ideas:

~ biltong, peppadews and feta

~ bacon, mozzarella and mushrooms

~ caramelised onion (see method above), mozzarella and fresh basil leaves

- Now cover it with foil again and pop it into the oven on 180 degrees Celsius or the braai (for a crispier effect).

5. Marmite, biltong & cheese loaf/ muffins

Last, but very far from least, is this marmite loaf. My mother discovered this winner, which makes her even more of a winner!

Photo: Pinterest

The ingredients:

- 150g biltong, finely chopped (not powder)

- 3 tbsp butter, melted

- 3 cups cake flour

- 2 tsp baking powder

- 2 tbsp sugar

- 2 eggs

- 1 cup milk

- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

- 3 tbsp Marmite

- handful chopped fresh chives

The method:

- Heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius and butter or spray and cook your muffin/ loaf tins on the insides.

- Mix melted butter and chives together and set aside to cool slightly.

- In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt

and mix with a spoon.

- In a separate large bowl, add the eggs, milk and Marmite and

give it a light whisking,then add the butter and chives mix,

the grated cheese and biltong pieces. Mix well to combine everything.

- Add the flour mix to the mixture and stir with a spoon in a

folding motion until combined.

- Fill the muffin/ loaf tins to 2/3 full and bake until golden brown

(you can test it with a knife or a skewer in the middle of the muffin or loaf, if it comes out clean, you're good to go).

- Serve hot with butter.

There you have it, my tried and tested, and conquered, braai-side recipes.

They are ALL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Happy braai-ing!