3-Cheese Braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese)

3-cheese braaibroodjie smoortjie or south african grilled cheese

Southern comfort food…you can’t beat it! Especially when it is from southern Africa! My sister-in-law Paula, sent me this ooey-gooey sweet and savory South African grilled sandwich (braaibroodjie) recipe. These braaibroodjies” are a favorite side dish for South Africans at every BBQ (braai) and it is so easy to make. This recipe calls for Dutch cheeses and sweet chutney along with a “smoortjie” spread that takes it into a heavenly realm.
It is worth the extra bit of effort over a regular grilled cheese!


For the Braaibroodjie:

  • 8 slices bread – any bread will do but we like sourdough
  • 3 T butter, softened
  • 3 T mayonnaise, good quality
  • 1/2 c (100 g) boerenkaas cheese, grated; you can substitue Edam cheese
  • 5/8 c (70 g) emmenthal cheese, grated; you can substitute Cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of Mozzarella cheese
estelle's sister in law paula who gave us the braaibroodjie recipe

Fo the Smoortjie:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 3 T chutney (Mrs Balls peach chutney is favored


Make the Smoortjie:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on the stove.
  2. Add the onion and cook over low heat until soft and golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes and chutney then simmer for 5 minutes.

Make the Braaibroodjie:

  1. Lay the bread on a board.
  2. Mix the butter and mayo then spread on one side of the bread.
  3. Turn 4 slices of the bread over and layer the cheeses and smoortjie on the unbuttered side.
  4. Top with remaining slices to make sandwiches.
  5. Place the sandwiches in a hinged braai grid (this is a grilling basket commonly used for grilling fish).
  6. Cook over low coals.

Don’t have a grill or braai grid? Then cook in a frying pan on the stove over medium high heat or a electric griddle on high.


Want more galley kitchen recipes for cruising or cooking for your charter yacht business guests? Check out our guru recipes and other charter management tips.


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