Add a South African Twist to Your Next Dinner Party: 3 Must-Try Recipes
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When it comes to adding a South African twist to your next dinner party, you may be thinking of adding plenty of wild game meat and Cape wines in order to make it a unique experience; in which case you will be on the right track. However, there are many other varieties of South African twists that you can add to the table in order to create a unique dinner party experience as well as a night to remember with tantalizing tastes and flavourful dishes!
Hence, if you are thinking of venturing off the beaten track and exploring South African cuisine dinner party ideas, never forget to add the following South African recipes in order to turn an ordinary dinner party into a culinary event to remember.
1. Oxtail potjie
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In order to create a culinary experience similar to what you would encounter when enjoying a meal at a cooking vacation in South Africa, your dinner table simply wouldn’t be complete without a traditional Oxtail potjie or potjiekos! When made with love and plenty of special ingredients, you inevitably create a truly authentic South African dish.
What you’ll need:
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Olive oil
- 1 kg oxtail pieces, as lean as possible
- 3 carrots
- 1 small butternut
- 1 tin cherry tomatoes or whole peeled tomatoes
- 250 ml red wine
- 1-litre beef or vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
- 1 sprig parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp chives, chopped
How to prepare:
- In order to coat the oxtail meat evenly, place the flour, salt, paprika, pepper, and coriander into a plastic bag along with the oxtail pieces and evenly toss around until the meat is coated with the seasoning.
- Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a flat-bottomed potjie in order to create the perfect foundation for frying the rest of the ingredients
- Add the garlic and onion to the potjie and allow the ingredients to fry before adding the seasoned oxtail meat pieces. Allow the ingredients to brown all over.
- In the potjie, with the oxtail pieces, add half the stock, the red wine, and mixed herbs.
- Once you’ve added all the necessary ingredients, cover the potjie and leave to simmer for three hours.
- It’s advisable to check your meal every once in a while in order to ensure that there’s enough stock left in the potjie. Add the remainder of the stock if necessary.
- Add the vegetables after three hours and allow to cook for another hour until the vegetables start to disintegrate into the liquid/gravy.
Once you’re ready to serve, add the oxtail and vegetable mixture onto a bed of rice and sprinkle parsley over the top. All that’s left to do is to dig in!
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As any braai (BBQ) connoisseur would know, you can’t have an authentic South African outdoor dinner party without a decent braaibroodjie to add to the mix. Added as a delicious side dish and made with easy simplicity, anyone can whip up a tasty braaibroodjie simply by combining the following ingredients:
- Bread slices (depending on your preference)
- Seasoning salts
How to prepare:
- Add butter to two slices of bread.
- Stack a slice of cheese, tomato, and onion onto the one slice of bread.
- Add seasoning salts and a dollop of chutney and place the remaining bread slice on top of your masterpiece (similar to making a closed sandwich)
- Braai in a closed grid over a fire until golden brown.
As with any traditional South African braai, you can either choose to add a few beers to the mix or choose the best South African wine for a dinner party – whichever your taste buds prefer.
Remember, you may be left with a few braaibroodjie leftovers since it is quite a filling side dish. Thus, always be prepared when it comes to storage by having a few plastic storage containers on hand to keep your braaibroodjies fresh and ready to enjoy the very next day.
3. Malva pudding
When it comes to anything tasty, a true South African dinner party deserves a sweet treat to end off the meal on a fantastic note – ensuring that you’re able to enjoy a true South African sweet treat without feeling guilty one bit. Thus, you simply can’t go wrong with a traditional Malva Pudding.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon apricot jam
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- generous pinch salt
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup cream
- 4 oz (125g) butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 (half) cup hot water
How to prepare:
- Beat the sugar and egg in a mixing bowl – either by hand or via an electric mixer before adding the jam.
- Sift the bicarb, flour, and salt.
- In a separate microwave friendly bowl, melt the butter and add the vinegar.
- Add the liquid mixture to the egg mixture along with the flour. Beat well.
- Pour into an oven-safe dish and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Melt the cream, butter, sugar, and hot water together and pour over the pudding whilst warm.
Knowing full well that you simply can’t host a true South African dinner party without a delicious dessert, it’s absolutely necessary to add Malva Pudding to the menu – creating a lasting South African impression simply by tantalizing the taste buds. Again, keep the leftovers (if you’re able to save any for a midnight snack) fresh and tightly tucked away in your fridge by investing in affordable plastic storage containers in order to stretch its sweetness.
Remember, when it comes to serving true South African recipes and finding different tastes to suit all taste buds, you can’t go wrong with the above dinner party recipe ideas – ensuring that your guests receive an experience of a lifetime that’s quite easy to replicate yet delicious to execute!
Looking to fully immerse yourself in authentic South African cuisine and culture? You’ll get to do that and a whole lot more on a cooking holiday in South Africa!