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 grilled meat, so we’ve rounded up our favourite South African Heritage Day recipes that celebrate flavours that go beyond the grid.

Local Classics with a Twist

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

Biltong, Caramelised Onion & Blue Cheese Tartlets

South Africa’s favourite snack as a tasty tart.

Recipe for Biltong, Caramelised Onion & Blue Cheese Tartlets

Lamb Shank Potjie Pies

A showstopping dish that celebrates the slow-cooked and comforting flavours of lamb potjiekos in single servings.

Recipe for Lamb Shank Potjie Pies

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 chops smothered in Monkey Gland Sauce, will give Spur a run for their money.

Recipe for Thick Cut Pork Loin Chops with Monkey Gland Sauce

Curried Fish & Chips with Raita-style Tartar Sauce

Why travel all the way to Hout Bay when you can make this satisfying crusted and curried hake at home?

Recipe for Curried Fish & Chips with Raita-style Tartar 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

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? This beefy meatball and herby pap combo definitely 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, hot sauce and an array of meats together? This version uses peri peri chicken livers – another South African staple.

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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3 Cheese Pap Tart

Pap is a comforting classic that raised many. This indulgent version combines layers of relish, buttery pap and a delicious trifecta of mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan.

Recipe for 3 Cheese Pap Tart

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. 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 snacking on while you wait for mains.

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 is a firm local fave. Is there anything better than a spicy curry nestled into a soft loaf of bread? We think not!

Recipe for Chicken Korma Curry Bunny Chows

Boerewors Bobotie

We’ve given the Cape Malay classic dish, bobotie, a unique twist by using boerewors instead of regular mince to bolster the flavour. Serve with yellow rice for the ultimate pairing.

Recipe for Boerewors Bobotie

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 treat is so sweet and delicious, you won’t be able to stop at just one.

Recipe for Traditional Koeksisters

Pampoenkoekies with Stroop

Everything you love about this teatime classic, in dessert form. These cinnamony, pumpkin ‘flapjacks’ are topped with syrup, candied pecans and mascarpone. Yum!

Recipe for Pampoenkoekies with Stroop

Warm Milk Tart-flavoured Chia Seed Pud

This Banting-friendly, milk tart-flavoured version of sago pudding 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 humble milk tart needs to be fancier. 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 samoosa 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, chocolaty cookie cups filled with an airy liqueur mousse.

Recipe for Melktert Mousse Cookie Cups

Mini Malva Puddings

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

Recipe for Mini Malva Puddings

If you are making a braai and need some inspiration, check these braai recipes, plus our best braai salads and sides, and don’t forget about desserts!

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