Braaibroodjies with eggplant is a modern version of traditional classic braaibroodjie. To the cultural outsider, it may look like just another grilled cheese sandwich. But to those in the know, it is often the highlight of the braai. Braaibroodjies with eggplant tips the hat to the classic Italian flavours of parmigiana di melanzane.
For a truly world-class braaibroodjie, one has to consider all the individual components. Their influence on one another is also important. The bread, the spread, the filling, the garnish, the tools and the temperature all play their part.
Traditional braaibroodjies consist only of four ingredients. Sliced white bread, sliced or grated cheese (usually ordinary cheddar cheese), thinly sliced onion and sliced tomato.
Braaibroodjies with eggplantCourse: SidesCuisine: NamibianDifficulty: Easy
Braaibroodjies with eggplant is a more modern take on the braaibroodjie. Traditional braaibroodjies consists only of four ingredients. Two slices of white bread, sliced or grated cheese (usually ordinary cheddar cheese), thinly sliced onion and sliced tomato. It is a must with a braai.
6 slices white bread
1 big eggplant , sliced in 5 mm slices lengthwise
2 tomatoes sliced thinly
1 medium onion sliced thinly
4 tablespoons basil pesto
Fresh herbs of your choice
4-5 slices Cheddar cheese
- Brush eggplant slices with some olive oil, season and roast over medium-high coals for 5-10 minutes or until the egg plant has browned. Alternatively, brown in a cast iron pan set over coals or on the stove.
- Butter each slice of bread and start packing the fillings. Close the sandwiches and place in a grid that can close. Grill over low to medium-low coals, allowing the bread to brown and the cheese to melt and become all gooey. Serve with your favourite meat and a fresh salad.