If you’re familiar with South African Cuisine then you must have come across (or at least heard of) the South African Sausage – Boerewors. If you haven’t, then we’re here for you.
Boerewors is a type of sausage popular in South Africa which is made with a mixture of coarsely ground beef, pork and occasional lamb. When flavored to perfection, you get to understand why Boerewors has earned its place in South African Culture.
The spiral shaped South African sausage earned its name from the Afrikaans words boer (which means ‘farmer’) and wors (which means sausage). Boerewors is commonly said to be ninety percent meat and ten percent spices and ingredients. Like another epicenter in South African Cuisine – Biltong, the spicing and ingredients matter very much.
The South African Braai has become one of the most popular staples in the world of South African Cuisine.
Which is saying a lot considering South African cuisine is one of the many wonders the country has to offer the world. It’s fun, spicy and brings people together. Braai is South African Barbecue. Known to be appropriate for any occasion, the braai is different from your typical barbecue.
The grill used to braai is also called braai. Instead of gas, the grill uses wood or charcoal. Because of this, grilling tends to take longer, but to some – that is the point.
Braai is never just about the food, it’s about the atmosphere, the people, the conversations and the enjoyment of each other’s company.
I wonder though, can you really enjoy a good Braai without good Boerewors?
Braai is short for Braaivleis which is Afrikaans for grilled meat.
Various types of meat are used for a braai. They typically include chicken, steaks, kebabs, lamb, pork, beef, sometimes fish but always boerewors.
The South African sausage has become a fixture in this scene and no braai can be complete without it.
Different kinds of salads, gravy and sauces are used as side dishes.
The relaxed and casual atmosphere makes it a perfect hang out for family, friends and loved ones.
Boerewors which is made from ground beef, pork and sometimes lamb has an unmistakable taste and aroma – a result of the spices and seasoning used. Spices often used include coriander, vinegar, cloves, nutmeg, chili and many more.
As earlier stated, Boerewors are best braaied. However, that is not the only way you can have the South African Sausage.
Boerewors can be served as a snack on its own or as Boerewors roll, which can be seen below:
I’m sure that has gotten your attention. The best part – it’s surprisingly easy to make.
All you need is:
- Your Boerewors
- Fresh Hotdog rolls
- Onions, which will be sliced thinly
- Tomatoes, to be chopped
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- salt, pepper and other spices to taste
First, you heat a small quantity of oil, two tablespoons preferably, and add the sliced onions.
Fry with low heat then keep the onions aside when it soft and golden.
Add the tomatoes, vinegar, salt, pepper, your various spices. Mix on medium heat for five minutes till it has thickened a bit.
You can either choose to braai your boerewors or pan fry it.
When it’s ready, serve it in the fresh rolls with your tomatoes sauce and onions spread vertically across.
*Side dish optional.
Easy as pie, or should I say easy as boerewors. No…no, I shouldn’t.
If that doesn’t induce a mouth watering effect on you, maybe knowing it can be served with rice, soup or salad will.
South Africa is known for its diversity and its mix of cultures. This diversity is easily manifested with a dish like Boerewors which can be cooked in any different way to cater to your different tastes, irrespective of your culture or heritage.
The entire South African Cuisine is known for its ability to cater to anyone, anywhere.
If you suddenly feel a craving for boerowers, I have good news. Even though it is of South African origins, it can be found all over the world.
The South African Sausage can be located in Switzerland, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, the United States and many other countries.
If that doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know what would.