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Braai Pap Pizza and Smoked Veggies

120 Minutes
4 Servings
25 Ingredients


Here’s a unique idea to add some South African flavour to your meal – a braai pap pizza base made from easy-to-prepare maize meal. Topped with smoked peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and more, it’s a delicious addition to every braai as a starter or a side dish, and makes great use of coals to give the vegetable salad an unbeatable aroma. The cheese sauce is a fresh, tangy addition to the veggies that really binds the whole dish together.

Pair this simple side dish with our juicy pork ribs.


Pizza Base:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease baking sheets with margarine or non-stick spray.

2. Whisk together the oil, eggs and buttermilk. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

3. Divide the mixture into 4 and spoon onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until just cooked through.


Method for the Cheese Sauce:

1. Mix all the ingredients together.


Method for the Vegetable Salad:

1. Prepare hot coals in a kettle braai. Put the whole garlic bulb on a large sheet of foil. Drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with salt.

2. Wrap the garlic in the foil and put the parcel on the grid, away from the hot coals. Leave for about 30 minutes or until caramelised.

3. Sprinkle the rooibos leaves over the coals and move the coals to one side.

4. Put the peppers, skin side down, directly over the coals so the skins blacken.

5. Cover the braai but check often to stop the flesh of the peppers burning. Remove the peppers from the heat, place in a plastic bag and leave to cool.

6. Place the remaining vegetables on the grid but not directly over the coals.

7. Cover and smoke for 5–10 minutes or until soft but not mushy. Transfer to a bowl.


Method for the Dressing:

1. Mix the ingredients and pour over the vegetables.

2. Marinate for at least 15 minutes.

3. Remove the skins from the peppers, cut the flesh into fairly large pieces and add to the other veggies.



1. Put a pizza base on a plate and stack the veggie salad and rocket leaves on top.

2. Serve with the cheese sauce and braaied garlic on the side.


Love this recipe? Try our Spicy Three Bean Salad or one of our other easy salad recipes.


Nutritional Information

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Smoked Veggie Salad & Braaied Garlic:

  • 1 whole garlic bulb; top cut off
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt flakes
  • 500 ml (2 cups) rooibos leaves (with buchu or honeybush); slightly moistened with water
  • 1 yellow pepper; halved
  • 1 red pepper; halved
  • 6 large ripe Roma tomatoes or jam tomatoes; halved & seeded
  • 2 cucumbers; cut into chunks
  • 1 large red onion; quartered
  • 2 bunches spring onions or shallot


Cheese Sauce:

  • 250 ml (1 cup) plain yoghurt
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) mayonnaise
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) ricotta cheese
  • 7 ml (1½ tsp.) smoked paprika; to taste



  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) red wine vinegar
  • 30–45 ml (2–3 tbsp.) chopped fresh herbs (basil, mint, parsley & oregano)
  • Coarse salt & black pepper; to taste


Pizza Base:

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 750 ml (3 cups) buttermilk
  • 1250 ml (5 cups) braai pap
  • 12 ml (2½ tsp.) bicarbonate of soda
  • 10 ml (2 tsp.) baking powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp.) salt