Side-dishes to accompany your South African braai

Typical South African side dishes to accompany your braai

What’s a braai without a delicious side-dish? That’s why we have recipes for three of our favourite dishes to accompany that juicy lamb chop or mouth-watering steak.

Biltong, mushroom and feta pap tart

A pap tart is quintessentially South African and can be found on many family tables placed next to a salad, and of course the braaied meat. We love it because it’s such a versatile dish and big enough to feed four to six people. If you can’t find biltong, you can easily replace it with bacon or even sliced sausage – do experiment with this dish and add your own personality to it. You could even add sundried tomatoes and olives if you wish.

Recipe adapted from Food24.

Ingredients to make the pap

  • 3 cups tepid water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup maize meal
  • 1 tin of mielies, drained (corn).

Ingredients for the filling

  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 punnet mushrooms, cleaned and evenly sliced
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. chives, snipped
  • 1 cup sliced biltong
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Bring a large pot to the boil and add salt. Once the water has reached boiling point, stir in the butter.
  3. Slowly and bit by bit, whisk in the maize meal.
  4. Lower the heat and cover the pot with a lid and allow to simmer over a low heat for 15 minutes. Make sure to whisk the maize meal every so often to prevent lumps.
  5. After 15 minutes stir in the mielies and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Next, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and fry the red onions until soft.
  7. Add the mushrooms to the pan and fry for a few minutes. Thereafter add the garlic and chives.
  8. Assemble the tart by placing half the cooked maize meal at the bottom of an oven proof dish. Empty the pan’s contents (mushroom and onions) on top of the first layer. Sprinkle the biltong and crumbled feta on top of the mushrooms.
  9. Pour over half the cream and add the remaining maize meal.
  10. Pour the rest of the cream and scatter the cheese.
  11. Bake the tart for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Three Bean Salad

Beans may not be everyone’s favourite food, but give this salad a chance, you may just change your mind because it’s that good.

Recipe adapted from FunkyMunky.


  • 1 tin green beans
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin butter beans
  • Half a green pepper, chopped
  • Half a red pepper, chopped
  • Half a yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped.

Ingredients for the dressing

  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 80ml olive oil.


  1. Open all the tins of beans and drain well. Add the butter, green and kidney beans to a bowl.
  2. Add the red onion and peppers, and stir into the beans.
  3. Combine the dressing ingredients.
  4. Pour the dressing over the beans and mix well.
  5. Let the salad marinate in the fridge for an hour or so before serving.
Typical South African side-dishes to accompany your braai.

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Cheesy Garlic Roll

Everyone’s favourite: the cheesy, garlicky roll of goodness. And are you really that surprised? Bread and melted cheese is always a winner!

Recipe adapted from Pick n Pay.


  • 1 medium-sized baguette
  • 100g butter at room temperature
  • 30ml minced garlic
  • A few sprigs parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper.


  1. Cut the baguette into 2cm slices, but make sure not to cut all the way through.
  2. Mix the garlic, parsley, salt and pepper into the butter.
  3. Spread the garlic butter on each slice of bread. If you have left over butter you can spread it on both sides of the slices.
  4. Wrap the baguette in tinfoil and cook at 180°C for ten minutes, or place it on the braai grid for a few minutes once your meat has cooked.
  5. After a few minutes, open the tinfoil and sprinkle the grated cheese over the bread.
  6. Place it back in the oven or on the braai grid for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
Typical side-dishes to accompany your South African braai.

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The only thing missing from your table now is a glass of wine. Why not try a fruity Merlot which will complement the braaied meat really well? Bon appetite!

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