The Braaibroodjie (barbeque sandwich in Afrikaans) is the South African version of a grilled cheese sandwich. It is traditionally served at the end of a braai, a South African barbeque. There are many variations of braaibroodjie. This particular recipe uses sharp white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onions, and chutney.
Chutney is originally an Indian condiment made from fruits/vegetables and spices that was introduced to South Africa by the British. I was able to find chutney in the European/Jewish section of the grocery store. Hot mango chutney was the only kind available. There are many recipes available to make your own and they are also available on Amazon: Mrs Balls Peach Chutney and Mango Chutney.
Overall, I really enjoyed the combination of flavors fitting inside a single sandwich. I used our George Foreman Grill to prepare the braaibroodjies indoors (it also does a good job of pressing down the sandwiches). I am looking forward to adding these to the outdoor grill during the summer. It is such a fast and easy recipe to add to our summer barbeques.
Make sure the grill isn’t so hot that it burns the outside of the bread while the contents are still cool. The recipe made enough for Chad to have two sandwiches. I made one with the chutney and one without in case he didn’t like it. He loved the flavor and ended up adding chutney to the second sandwich. I plan on ordering the peach chutney from Amazon for use during the summer.