Tasty Heritage Day Recipes That Go Beyond the Braai

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Heritage Day, which has, over time, morphed into Braai Day is a lot about eating and, 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

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.Try this Peri Peri Chicken Liver Gatsby recipe.

The Ultimate Cape Malay Bobotie

This mildy curried mince dish is a classic for a reason. Try this Bobotie recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - bobotie

Biltong, Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese Tartlets

South Africa’s favorite snack as a tasty tart. Try this Biltong Tartlets recipe.

Samp and Beans with Lamb and Chakalaka

‘Umgquasho’ is a traditional dish of the Nguni culture. Served in this recipe with Chakalaka, a traditional vegetable relish. Try this Samp and Beans recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - samp and beans

Herby Snoek Fritters

These little fish cakes are a great way to use up leftover braaied snoek. Or, if you’re like us, you can braai your snoek specifically so you can make these fritters. Try this Snoek Fritters recipe.

Boerewors Scotch Egg

The famous South African food item meets a very famous British bar snack and the marriage is a harmonious one. We love the local spin on the Scotch egg, we plan to snack on these while we wait for the braai. Try this Boerewors Scotch Egg recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - boerewors scotch eggs

Heritage Salad

This delicious salad celebrates some quintessential South African flavours including figs, butternut and biltong. Try this Heritage Salad recipe.

Mini Curried Mince Vetkoeks

Deep fried dough filled with curried mince – yes, please! Try this Curried Mince Vetkoek recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - curried mince vetkoek

Chicken Korma 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? Try this Chicken Bunny Chow recipe.

Steak and Kidney Chakalaka Pie

All the flavours of chakalaka… in a pie! Yum. Try this Chakalaka Pie recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - chakalaka pie


A delightfully flavoured fig tart! The biltong and gorgonzola really knock this tart out of the park. Try this Biltong and Gorgonzola fig tart.


The ultimate steak salad, perfectly tender Wagyu with spicy rocket, sweet pears and punchy blue cheese. The best part is that it should preferably cooked in a cast iron freeing up the braai for more meats and delicious sides. Try this Wagyu Steak Salad. 


The perfect Heritage Day bread! A true South African favourite and a popular side dish. Try this Mealie Bread With Avocao Oil.


This deliciously 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 a whole other level. Perfect for Heritage Day! Try this Mustard Cream Potato Bake.

Toasted Almond Boeber Ice Cream

Boeber, the sweet and creamy vermicelli dessert gets all gussied in this recipe. Using the flavour notes of the traditional dish, this ice cream reminds us of all the reasons we love boeber. Try this Toasted Almond Boeber Ice Cream recipe.

Peppermint Crisp Cake

Does this iconic dessert need an introduction? We think not. With all the components of your favourite fridge tart, this cake version makes for a very grown-up sweet treat, while still retaining all of your childhood nostalgia. Try this Peppermint Crisp Cake recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - peppermint crisp cake

Coconut 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. Try this Coconut Condensed Milk Tart recipe.

Homemade Rooibos Iced Tea

There are few things more refreshing than iced tea and rooibos is a national treasure for South Africans. When the weather heats up, why not make your own refreshing iced tea? And we won’t tell anyone if you throw a splash of vodka in there to make it festive. Try this Rooibos Iced Tea recipe.

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south african heritage day recipes - rooibos iced tea

Brandy Nut Pudding Samosas

The samosa gets a sweet makeover with this classic Cape Brandy pudding filling. Try this Brandy Nut Pudding Samosa recipe.

Traditional Koeksisters

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

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south african heritage day recipes - koeksister


Milk Tart is a quintessential South African dessert, we just gave it a bit of an upgrade. A nutty, chocolatey cookie cup filled with an airy liqueur mousse. Try this Melktert Mousse Cookie cups.


The perfect bite-sized Heritage Day dessert! A favourite South African dessert in mini form. Try this Mini Malva Pudding. 

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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