Tasty Heritage Day Recipes That Go Beyond the Braai
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Chicken Biryani
We know your mommy makes the best biryani, but have you tried our version?
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!
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.
The Ultimate Cape Malay Bobotie
This mildly curried mince dish is a classic for a reason.
Biltong, Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese Tartlets
South Africa’s favourite snack as a tasty 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.
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.
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.
The Heritage Salad
This delicious salad celebrates some quintessential South African flavours including figs, butternut and biltong.
Mini Curried Mince Vetkoek
Deep-fried dough filled with curried mince — yes, please!
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?
Steak & Kidney Chakalaka Pie
All the flavours of chakalaka… in a pie! Yum.
Biltong, Gorgonzola & Fig Tart
A delightfully flavoured fig tart! The biltong and gorgonzola pairing is simply delicious.
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.
Easy Mealie Bread with Avocado Oil
The perfect Heritage Day bread! A true South African favourite and a popular side dish.
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!
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.
Dumplings soaked in cinnamon, star anise and orange zest infused syrup and drenched in creamy vanilla custard — doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious?
Amagwinya with Chocolate Crème Pâtissière & Cherries
Next time you make amagwinya, you should try this choc and cherry take for the ultimate sweet treat.
This Cape Dutch classic sweet treat is so sweet and delicious you won’t be able to stop at just one.
Country Pumpkin Pie
We love pumpkin fritters so much, that we decided to make a whole pampoen pie.
Warm Milk Tart-flavoured Chia Seed Pud
This banting-friendly, milk tart-flavoured version of sago is ridiculously tasty!
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.
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.
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.
Brandy Nut Pudding Samosas
The samosa gets a sweet makeover with this classic Cape Brandy pudding filling.
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.
Mini Malva Puddings
The perfect bite-sized Heritage Day dessert! A favourite South African dessert in mini form.
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