Braai is South African heritage after all

2015-09-24 06:00

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The “steaks” have been raised as today is Heritage Day, when we set aside corporate responsibilities and come together to celebrate our country’s rich and diverse culture.

One tradition shared across a number of our cultures is a sociable braai or chisa nyama.

The South African Breweries (SAB) celebrates its 120th anniversary this year and with that comes 120 years of social gatherings like Heritage Day with family and friends. Beer, whether added into recipes or paired with dishes, is a good accompaniment to food.

Below are some SAB approved Braai Day recipes to try this Heritage Day with the vegetarian braai pie a must.

Braai Pie


Meat lovers don’t have to have all the fun on Braai Day. Give the braai pie a try.


•45 ml butter


•15 ml all-purpose flour

•250 g spinach

•150 g feta cheese

•115 g (half a tub) cream cheese

•3 ml nutmeg

•Salt and black pepper

•1 x 250g roll of ready-to-roll puff pastry


1.Chop and sauté the onion over a medium heat until soft.

2.Sprinkle the flour over the onions and add the spinach, allowing it to wilt. The flour should help absorb the extra liquid from the spinach.

3.Crumble in the feta and stir in the cream cheese and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper.

4.Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface.

5.Add the filling on to half of the pastry, leaving the edges open.

6.Fold the pastry and press the edges together to stop any of the ingredients falling out of the sides.

7.Place the pie on a braaing grid and bake on the coals until the pastry is golden on both sides.

(Supplied: SA Breweries)

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