Friday, December 10, 2010

Braai Broodjies or BBQ toasted sandwiches another South African delight for the holiday season

A lot of people ask me what i like to eat with my braai or BBQ well that's simple a toasted Sammie but not any old toasted Sammie its a special one. It just seems that hot coals give this toasted baby a whole new pizazz

At the end of doing all your meat there is always just enough heat left in the coals for these crunchy yummy little gems


•6 slices bread (white or brown)
•Approximately 3 tablespoons softened butter to spread over the bread
•1 onion, raw and finely sliced or
2 to 3 onions, fried until caramelized (see notes below)
•2 tomatoes, sliced
•Sliced or grated cheese
•Salt and ground black pepper to season

Optional flavours to taste to make the sandwich even tastier:

•Chutney and / or mayonnaise
•Fresh herbs such as basil, parsley chives or chopped coriander


1.Spread butter on both sides of the bread slices (butter on the outside of the sandwiches will ensure a crisp, golden crust).

2.Placing tomato and onion slices on half of the slices, season with salt and pepper, or seasoning of your taste, and top with cheese.

3.Add optional sauces such as mayonnaise and chutney.

4.Cover with the remaining slices of bread.

5.Coat a clean grid lightly with Spray and Cook or cooking oil, place the sandwiches inside a barbeque's grid (see notes), and slowly toast them until they are golden brown.

Serve before it cools down.

Onion is a must for these sandwiches. While red onion is a bit sweeter than white onion while raw, we prefer to caramelized the sliced onion in a small frying pan: use a little olive oil or butter, and cook it for half an hour over a low heat until it is soft and sweet.

These sandwiches are best roasted after you’ve finished braaing the meat and wors, when the coals from your charcoal fire have cooled down somewhat.

Use a hinged barbeque grid, if you have one, or tie thin string around each sandwich to prevent if from falling apart when you turn it over.