A typical side dish at a South African braai. These toasted sarmies cooked over the coals are a delicious braai side dish. Remember to make a healthier bread choice by using brown or wholewheat bread.

Ready in

1 hour 20 mins

Serving size

Serves 6


  • 2 tsp (10 ml) olive or canola oil
  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried or 2 tsp (10 ml) fresh thyme leaves
  • lemon juice and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) softened butter
  • 12 slices of low GI, brown or wholewheat bread
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) chutney
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (125 ml) grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat oil a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry onions until completely soft. Season with thyme, lemon juice and black pepper.
  2. Divide butter between the 12 sliced of bread. Spread chutney on 6 of the slices.
  3. Arrange tomatoes on top of the chutney. Divide the onions and cheddar or mozzarella cheese between the 6 slices and top each with a second bread slice.
  4. Place sandwiches in a closed-hinged braai grid and toast over medium to low coals. Take care that the bread doesn’t burn before the filling starts to heat up and the cheese melts.
  5. Serve 1 braaibroodjie per person if this is the only starch for the meal. With more starches, serve only a half.

Braaibroodjies video

Braaibroodjies over the coals video

Caramelised onions

Caramelised onions are delicious on a braaibroodjie. The next time you make them, try adding these simple yet delicious caramelised onions.

Caramelised onions

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 4th edition: Braai

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