Tasty Heritage Day Recipes That Go Beyond the Braai

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Heritage Day, is a lot about eating and more specifically, braaing. While this is something we are definitely okay with, sometimes a braai is just not the order of the day (gasp, shock, horror!). The truth is that there is more to our food heritage than just meat on a grill, so we’ve rounded up a bunch of our favourite South African Heritage Day recipes that celebrate flavours that we love and that go beyond the grid.

South African Heritage Day Recipes

From pap and chakalaka to biryani,  it doesn’t get any tastier than South African food!

Wagyu Beef Short Rib Ragù with Pap & Spicy Tomato Smoor

The quintessential South African heritage recipe obviously includes pap and ‘bisto’. The wagyu beef short ragù is simply delicious.

Recipe for Beef Short Rib Ragù with Pap & Spicy Tomato Smoor

Thick Cut Pork Loin Chops with Monkey Gland Sauce

These Pork Loin Chops smothered in Monkey Gland Sauce, will give Spur a run for their money, any day.

Recipe for Thick Cut Pork Loin Chops with Monkey Gland Sauce

Curried Kingklip with Sorghum Salad & Dumplings

After trying this dish, you won’t want to eat kingklip any other way! The sorghum salad is the perfect complement to this deliciously curried fish.

Recipe for Curried Kingklip with Sorghum Salad & Dumplings

Tartare Crusted Grilled Hake, Mushy Peas & Onion Rings

Why travel all the way to Hout Bay, when you can make this satisfying crusted hake at home? The mushy peas and beer-battered onion rings take this classic to the next level.

Recipe for Tartare Crusted Grilled Hake, Mushy Peas & Onion Rings

Easy Chicken Biryani

We know your mommy makes the best biryani, but have you tried our version?

Recipe for Easy Chicken Biryani

Beef Meatball & Tomato Bredie

Is there anything more comforting than a good tamatie bredie? The beef meatball and herby pap combo just hits the spot!

Recipe for Beef Meatball & Tomato Bredie

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Peri Peri Chicken Liver Gatsby

The Gatsby couldn’t be more South African if it tried. What other nation would sandwich chips, a spicy sauce and an array of meats together? We love this refreshed version of the Gatsby, where peri peri chicken livers (another South African staple) are used. Hot, crispy and tender — this sandwich hits all the right spots.

Recipe for Chicken Liver Peri Peri  Gatsby

The Ultimate Cape Malay Bobotie

This mildly curried mince dish is a classic for a reason.

Recipe for The Ultimate Cape Malay Bobotie

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Biltong, Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese Tartlets

South Africa’s favourite snack as a tasty tart.

Recipe for Biltong, Sweet Onion & Blue Cheese Tartlets

Samp and Beans with Lamb Cutlets and Chakalaka

Umngqusho (samp and beans) is a traditional dish in Nguni cuisine. Served in this recipe with Chakalaka, a traditional vegetable relish.

Recipe for Samp & Beans with Lamb Cutlets and Chakalaka

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Herby Snoek Fritters

These little fish cakes are a great way to use up leftover braaied snoek. Or, if you’re anything like us, you can braai your snoek just so that you can make these fritters.

Recipe for Herby Snoek Fritters

Boerewors Scotch Egg

The famous South African food item meets a very famous British bar snack, and the marriage is a harmonious one. This local spin on the Scotch egg is perfect for snack on while you wait for the braai.

Recipe for Boerewors Scotch Eggs

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The Heritage Salad

This delicious salad celebrates some quintessential South African flavours including figs, butternut and biltong.

Recipe for The Heritage Salad

Mini Curried Mince Vetkoek

Deep-fried dough filled with curried mince — yes, please!

Recipe for Mini Vetkoek & Curried Mince

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Chicken Korma Curry Bunny Chows

Quintessentially Durban, the bunny chow has made its way into the hearts and bellies of South Africans all over. Is there anything better than a zingy curry nestled into a soft loaf of bread?

Recipe for Chicken Korma Curry Bunny Chows

Steak & Kidney Chakalaka Pie

All the flavours of chakalaka… in a pie! Yum.

Recipe for Steak & Kidney Chakalaka Pie

Biltong, Gorgonzola & Fig Tart

A delightfully flavoured fig tart! The biltong and gorgonzola pairing is simply delicious.

Recipe for Biltong, Gorgonzola & Fig Tart

Wagyu Steak Salad with Caramelised Pears, Blue Cheese & Walnuts

The ultimate steak salad, perfectly tender Wagyu with spicy rocket, sweet pears and punchy blue cheese. The best part it can be cooked in a cast iron pan, freeing up the braai for more meats and delicious sides.

Recipe for Wagyu Denver Steak Salad with Caramelised Pears, Blue Cheese & Walnuts

Easy Mealie Bread with Avocado Oil

The perfect Heritage Day bread! A true South African favourite and a popular side dish.

Recipe for Mealie Bread With Avocado Oil

Mustard Cream Vertical Potato Bake

This cheesy, bitey and textural Mustard Cream Potato Bake is everything you’ve ever needed and more. A crunchy top and creamy bottom, mixed with a generous handful of grated mature cheddar, really takes this bake to tasty heights. Perfect for Heritage Day!

Recipe for Mustard Cream Vertical Potato Bake


South African Desserts

We have yet to meet a South African that doesn’t have a sweet-tooth…

Naartjie, Thyme & Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline

This naartjie and marigold cake is everything and more. This is the ultimate teatime recipe.

Recipe for Naartjie, Thyme & Marigold Cake with Walnut Praline

Souskluitjies

Dumplings soaked in cinnamon, star anise and orange zest infused syrup and drenched in creamy vanilla custard — doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious?

Recipe for Souskluitjies

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Amagwinya with Chocolate Crème Pâtissière & Cherries

Next time you make amagwinya, you should try this choc and cherry take for the ultimate sweet treat.

Recipe for Amagwinya with Chocolate Crème Pâtissière & Cherries

Traditional Koeksisters

This Cape Dutch classic sweet treat is so sweet and delicious you won’t be able to stop at just one.

Recipe for Traditional Koeksisters

Country Pumpkin Pie

We love pumpkin fritters so much, that we decided to make a whole pampoen pie.

Recipe for Country Pumpkin Pie

Warm Milk Tart-flavoured Chia Seed Pud

This banting-friendly, milk tart-flavoured version of sago is ridiculously tasty!

Recipe for Warm Milk Tart-flavoured Chia Seed Pud

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Toasted Almond Boeber Ice Cream

Boeber, the sweet and creamy vermicelli dessert gets all gussied in this recipe. All flavour notes of this traditional dessert in this ice cream reminds us of why we love boeber.

Recipe for Toasted Almond Boeber Ice Cream

Peppermint Crisp Cake

This iconic dessert need no introduction. With all the components of your favourite fridge tart, this grown-up cake version still retains all of your childhood nostalgia.

Recipe for Peppermint Crisp Cake

Deep Dish Condensed Milk Tart

Now we’re not saying that the beloved milk tart needs to any fancier than it is. It is perfect as is, but the addition of coconut and sinful condensed milk takes it to a whole new level.

Recipe for Deep Dish Condensed Milk Tart

Brandy Nut Pudding Samosas

The samosa gets a sweet makeover with this classic Cape Brandy pudding filling.

Recipe for Brandy Nut Pudding Samoosas

Tant’ Sannie se Melktert Mousse Cookie Cups

We gave this classic a bit of an upgrade, with these nutty, chocolatey cookie cups filled with an airy liqueur mousse.

Recipe for Melktert Mousse Cookie Cups

Mini Malva Puddings

The perfect bite-sized Heritage Day dessert! A favourite South African dessert in mini form.

Recipe for Mini Malva Puddings

If you are making a braai and need some inspiration, check out our best braai recipes, plus our best braai salads and sides and don’t forget the best braai desserts.

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