South African Grilled Cheese Braaibroodjie is a sweet and delicious grilled cheese sandwich from South Africa.

So today I have a fancy grilled cheese sandwich that is great to pack for lunch. It is called Braaibroodjie, (I gave up on trying to pronounce that word) and it is made widely in South Africa. Caramelized onions, sweet mango chutney and cheese make this sandwich extra special.

My son loves grilled cheese sandwich and I’m always looking for new recipes to try for his lunch box. I found this recipe on the Kitchn site on one of my searches and I pinned it right away. It’s a grown up grilled cheese and I wasn’t sure if my son would appreciate all the different flavors going on in this sandwich.South African Grilled CheeseSo I wanted to make that grilled cheese sandwich for myself because all the components sounded so interesting and delicious. I used sweet mango chutney, but you can use any fruit based chutney that is either homemade or store bought. Caramelized onions add a nice sweetness to the sandwich. Chutney makes it sweet and spicy at the same time.South African Grilled CheeseEven though I cannot pronounce and spell Braaibroodjie, it is a lovely grilled cheese sandwich with lot of flavor. I can see myself making it often and may be my son will start liking it too some time soon.

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Braaibroodjie
Braaibroodjie
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Braaibroodjie is a sweet and delicious grilled cheese sandwich from South Africa. Sweet mango chutney and caramelized onions are used to make this delectable sandwich.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Braaibroodjie
Braaibroodjie
Yum
Print Recipe
Braaibroodjie is a sweet and delicious grilled cheese sandwich from South Africa. Sweet mango chutney and caramelized onions are used to make this delectable sandwich.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 Oatmeal or White Sandwich Bread Slices
  • As needed Butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Mango Chutney (or any other fruit based chutney)
  • 1 Medium Tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Grated Cheddar Cheese (any other good melting cheese can also be used)
  • To taste Salt Pepper
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Make Caramelized Onions:
  1. Heat oil in a pan; add the onions and cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized around the edges. This will take about 12~15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside to cool slightly.
Assemble the Sandwich:
  1. Butter the bread slices generously and build the sandwiches butter side out.
  2. On one slice, sprinkle the cheese, top with caramelized onions, tomato slices, salt and pepper, more cheese.
  3. On the other slice, spread the chutney and place it on top of the other slice. Press lightly and put the sandwich on a grill or a panini press. If using a grill, weigh the sandwich down with a heavy plate or pan and cook for 1~2 minutes. Grill until golden brown, flip and repeat on the other side. Serve right away.
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17 thoughts on “Braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese)”

  1. Love the grill marks. My kids will definitely love this. But these days they have started to complain that their sandwiches are getting soggy. I wonder why. Let me know if there is a fool proof packing method to avoid it.

  2. Wow, Interesting find, Pavani. Braaibroodjie looks delicious,I love onions in my sandwich, this is definitely my kind of good. Will give it a try on this sandwich soon.

  3. Cant even pronounce the name but still this grilled cheese sandwich sounds just prefect for me to enjoy at anytime of the day. Mango chutney and cheese, yummy what a heavenly combo with onions and tomatoes, loving it.

  4. First let’s not talk of pronunciations…I am terrible. There are so many South Indian dishes which are hard to pronounce..I just dont bother. The minute I read the title of the post the first thought was..oh !..another one which I cant pronounce and here you go..I am not the only one.
    The sandwich sounds awesome, the use of mango chutney would make it so flavorful, I am sure this grilled sandwich would please most of us..it is really unique.

  5. Omg such amazing looking grilled cheese there!! I am sure your son might have enjoyed it a lot, just by the look of it my mouth is watering !! Caramalised onions and mango chutney sounds such an amazing combo for these sandwich !!

  6. what’s not to like in this sandwich ? my mind keeps going back to the mango chutney ! yum yum !!
    btw my daughter who’s reading this recipe along with me is in love with ur pictures :-)))

  7. I am just imagining the flavors of caramelized onions, mango chutney and grilled cheese, everything sounds so fancy and so delicious too.

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