Have you ever been to a braai that didn’t cook up boerewors, steak, chicken or fish? These are the staples of most South African fireside feasts – and they are absolutely delicious. That being said, if they are the only foods you’re cooking over coals, you’re really missing out. Do you have any idea how many things in your kitchen taste even better braaied? No? Then it’s time you tried these four unusual flame-grilled foods for your next outdoor meal.
Yes. Salads! While there’s nothing tempting about burnt lettuce and dry cucumber, can you really resist the appeal of sweet and spicy peppers, juicy cherry tomatoes and creamy avocado – warm, charred and made to melt in your mouth?
It gets even better when you add cheese. This halloumi and avo salad recipe comes highly recommended here. Halloumi’s firmer body means it won’t turn into a gooey, oily mess that nobody wants to peel off the grill; while its rich flavour pairs well with just about any salad ingredient. Combine it with your favourite greens, a few olives and whatever else tickles your taste buds, and drizzle with a dressing. Voila!
If salads were a surprise, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Fruit is the next food on our must-try list, especially with our growing number of warmer days. Unlike many cooking techniques that remove some of the nutritious niceties of fresh produce, grilling is the gift that keeps on giving.
You see, when the flesh of fruit touches a flaming hot grill, it caramelises the sugars and soaks up the surrounding smoky flavour. The result is a warm, decadent and low-calorie dessert you can pair with your favourite yoghurt, cream, cheese or chocolate. You could even add it to your mains.
So what kind of fruit can you cook over a fire? Most stone fruits are great on the grill, like peaches, plums and apricots. Firm fruits like apples and coconuts are fine too. But the favourites are those with a softer centre, specifically strawberries, bananas and figs. You can even braai watermelon!
On the topic of dessert, are you aware of the wide variety of puddings that taste even better after a few minutes on the braai? Cakes and doughnuts get a crispy outer layer, churros and cookies get crunchier, and chocolate, cheese and marshmallows get incredibly creamy.
The best part is that you don’t even need lots of time to prepare these sweet treats. Checkers has a whole range of Ready to Braai puddings in-store, like a chocolate brownie with a biscuit base, pancake parcels and sticky buns!