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The Guru’s Top Picks For Braai Day

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Braai Day is tomorrow, are you ready? The Guru shares his favourite braai day recipes, perfect for every meat eater!
Heritage Day, also known as 'Braai Day' is taking place this Saturday, September, 24. This day is designed to be relaxing but also unifying as we reflect back on the vast amount of cultures and history our country holds. Like any braai, Braai Day is focused on delicious food and a spread that will have you daydreaming at your desk for days to come.

Here Are The Guru's Top Braai Day Picks


1. Balsamic & Olive Oil Fillet/Rump/Sirloin

braai-fillet-steak Recipe by Sampson's Biltong Ingredients
Fillet/sirloin/rump 1 tsp pepper
3 T balsamic vinegar 3 T olive oil
*additional seasoning of your choice 1 tsp salt
  1. Lay down the fillet, in a big dish, and pour over olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the meat. Try make it 50/50 and leave to rest in the fridge for 24 hours. 
  2. Start a lekker fire and when the coals are still very hot, throw the meat on and enjoy the fire works. This will seal the meat.
  3. Do this for about one minute on each side so you get a nice chargrilled outer crust, while the meat remains rare on the inside. Once you have sealed it on each side for one minute, take it off the fire and set aside. Now wait for the coals to be at the right temperature.
  4.  When the fire is ready, cook the steak normally and to your preference.

2. Mielie Bake

Although not cooked on a braai, this delightfully satisfying bake is a braai staple. Ingredients
4 mealies (cut off the cob) ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
1 T  butter ½ cup of breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh full cream milk pinch of nutmeg
1 T white sauce powder salt (to taste)
3 eggs (beaten) parsley to garnish (chopped)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
  2. Place the mealie kernels in a 20cm pie dish, with the butter and milk, and cover.
  3. Microwave for six minutes on high (100%).
  4. Spoon the mixture into a food processor.
  5. Add the White Sauce Powder, salt, eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs and nutmeg and mix briefly.
  6. Grease a 20 cm pie dish with butter and add the mealie mixture. Make sure you smooth the top.
  7. Place on the rack in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives.
  9. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes and serve.

3. Sticky Chicken Wings

mrs_balls_braaied_chicken-1700-610x350 Ingredients
12–18 chicken wings 30ml apple juice
1⁄2 cup honey or golden syrup 15ml soy sauce
1⁄2 cup tomato sauce 15ml paprika

  1. For the sauce, mix all the ingredients, except the chicken, together in a bowl.
  2. To prepare the wings, take hold of each wing at both ends and pull them open a bit.
  3. Braai the wings for 20 minutes over medium-to-hot coals until they become crisp and are almost ready.
  4. After 20 minutes on the braai, put wings back into a bowl and pour the sticky sauce over. Toss wings in the sauce and make sure they are properly coated with sauce.
  5. Almost ready! Put the wings back on the braai for five minutes. The sauce will glaze and you will hear a satisfying sizzle.
  6. Remove from braai and serve.

4. Pork Fillet & Creamy Mustard Sauce

mustard-cream-pork Recipe by Sampson's Biltong Try something different on Braai Day. Pork fillet is rather cheap and quite underrated. On the fire, it makes a really great meal. But because pork needs to be cooked well, be sure to add a nice sauce, in case it gets a bit dry.  Ingredients
 Pork fillet  German mustard
 250ml cream  Braai salt
 1 lemon  Additional spices you may enjoy
  1. Cook the pork fillet on a lekker hot fire - be sure it's cooked right! Add braai salt for taste and any spices you enjoy.
  2. For the creamy mustard sauce, slowly heat the cream in a saucepan.
  3. Once boiling a bit, add some mustard (however much you prefer) and then add the lemon juice. Mix all this together.
  4. Taste and, if it's a bit too sour or mustardy, add some honey or brown sugar to sweeten it up.
  5. Pour the rich creamy sauce over your pork fillet and enjoy!  

5. Steak & Mushroom Braai Pie

600g sliced brown Mushrooms 400g sliced cooked steak
30g butter 100ml onion marmalade
salt and pepper 2 rolls puff pastry
Chopped fresh parsley Melted butter
  1. Fry the mushrooms with the butter, parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper until all liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool.
  2. Unroll one sheet of puff pastry directly onto a braai grid.
  3. Cover the puff pastry with onion marmalade, leaving a 2cm border around the edges of the pastry.
  4. Top with the steak, mushrooms, a pinch of salt and pepper and finish with the second sheet of puff pastry.
  5. Pinch and fold over all of the edges to seal the braai pie.
  6. Brush with melted butter, close the grid and place onto the braai.
  7. Turn it every three minutes for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until golden and pastry is cooked through.

6. Bacon Oepsies Recipe

This South African treasure is a fantastic way to whet your guests' appetite while braaing on Braai Day. These bacon wrapped sticks of heaven are definitely a crowd favourite.
This honey, tomato sauce and soy combination is something else. Honestly the sauce is what makes the Oepsie. Ingredients
2 packets streaky bacon ¼ cup Soy Sauce
2 cups tomatoe sauce ¼ cup Oil
¼ cup honey ¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup brown sugar 2 chillies chopped
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce Skewers
  1. To make the bacon twists, take two strips of bacon and lay them on top of each other. Pierce the skewer through one end of the bacon stack, then twist the rest around the skewer.
  2. Place the last bit at the top of the skewer to secure then repeat with the remaining bacon.
  3. Place all the Oepsies into a dish.
  4. Make the marinade by combining all ingredients listed. Stir well before brushing onto the Oepsies and marinate for an hour.
  5. Place Oepsies on the braai until they are crispy and golden, basting with more sauce as you go along. Delicious!
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