Every day can be a Braai Day


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Braais are the best. The meaty boerewors, succulent steaks, tender chicken and saucy ribs make us wish we could enjoy a flame-grilled feast every day of the week. Why don’t we? You’re probably listing the reasons now. It’s too expensive. It takes too much time to prepare. Eating that much meat isn’t healthy.

In reality, you’ve forgotten that the true beauty of South African braais is the great variety of foods you can cook over coals. You can literally braai a different full course meal every day of the week.

It doesn’t have to be expensive

If money is your concern, why not have a budget braai? It can be as simple as grilling your favourite kind of sandwich. Just remember to add cheese and take full advantage of the hot, gooey centre. Pork is also perfect over medium heat and a healthier, more affordable alternative to red meat. All you need to ensure it stays mouth-wateringly moist and full of flavour is a home-made marinade, like Checkers free baste recipe for Farmstead Pork braai chops.

You will need just six ingredients:

•    1 cup (250 ml) peach chutney
•    ¼ cup (60 ml) Worcestershire sauce
•    2 tbsp. (30 ml) white wine vinegar
•    1 tbsp. (15 ml) grated ginger
•    1 chilli; finely chopped
•    2 garlic cloves; peeled and crushed

Mix them all together and spread evenly over your pork chops. This type of meat needs only 4–5 minutes a side on the braai, so time isn’t a problem either. And it’s delicious with simple side dishes, like mielie pap and spinach.

Tip: Don’t use all the marinade on the braai. Put some in a pot to simmer for a few minutes and thicken into delicious gravy.

It doesn’t have to take long

On the days when you don’t have time to prepare a marinade, cook pap or roast vegetables, braai prep is as simple as popping into a Checkers on your way home from work. Did you know they have an entire range of Ready to Braai dishes?

You can treat the family to bacon or veggie skewers as a starter – or a pie or pita sandwich if they’re really hungry. For the main course, choose between spatchcock chicken, deboned pork ribs or curried pork chops. You can even go all out for dessert with sticky buns, pancakes or a decadent chocolate pudding. No prep needed. Just straight on the braai and ready in minutes.

Who says you need time to prepare a feast the whole family can enjoy?

It doesn’t have to be meat

Switch things up one day in the week with a meat-free menu. If you thought this meant eating only veggie kebabs and salads, think again. How does a flame-grilled burger sound? It’s not too good to be true. Checkers has the recipe – and ingredients – for the best-ever veggie burgers.

They are really simple to make. Sauté a finely chopped onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves and a tablespoon of ground cumin in a little olive oil, then set it aside to cool. Once cool, put it all in a food processor with 2½ cups of cooked brown rice, 400 g drained chickpeas, a ¼ cup of chopped coriander and a ¼ cup of chopped mint, and blitz.

Now all you have to do is shape the mixture into the perfect-sized patties and let them set in the fridge for 30 minutes. When it is time to braai, simply brush the patties with olive oil and place over medium coals.

Tip: Wet your hands before shaping your patties, so they don’t become sticky and your burgers bind together quicker.

Those were just three ways in which you could braai something different every day. There are many more – from Banting braais to seafood specials. Get more ideas and full course suggestions in this handy 7-Day Braai Guide. Happy braaing!

- Checkers

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