10 Mar 2015

Mielie Pap

This is the staple diet of the majority of South African's, made from maize meal, which is ground up dried corn.  It is also the most popular side dish at a braai (barbeque) in Africa.  SA Kids and adults love it!  It is usually served with a tomato and onion relish or gravy.  Or served with a stew, to soak up all that delicious gravy.  It is even eaten for breakfast with milk and sugar as a porridge.
Mielie pap topped with Tomato relish and melted cheese

Ingredients for the Pap (Maize meal)
2 cups (500 ml) water
1/2 tsp (2,5ml) salt
1 cup (250 ml) maize meal 
1 Tbls (15ml) butter
Optional extras: 
1 x tin sweetcorn
1 x tsp Crushed Garlic
1 x 400g Tin Tomato and onion mix 
200g grated cheddar cheese

* Put the water and salt in a saucepan. Bring to the boil.
* Optional:  You can add a tin of sweetcorn at this stage, or a teaspoon of garlic.
* Turn to a low heat once boiling and immediately add in the butter and the maize meal. Don't wait for the water to cool. Mix to combine.
* Adjust with extra water or maize meal to the consistency of your liking.  I like it the same consistency as mashed potato.  
* Optional:  Smooth off the top of the pap in the pot.  and smooth over a tin of tomato and onion mix. cover with grated cheese
* Leave to cook covered on a low heat for about 30 minutes.  Turn the heat right down so it stays warm,  it can stay like this for ages until the braai / bbq is done
* Serve hot

Preparation:  5 minutes
Cooking:  30 minutes
Serves:  8 as a side dish
(All Approximates)
Maize meal
Tips and Suggestions:
* For a braai / bbq side dish I add a tin of tomato and onion sauce to the top of the pap (don't mix it in), and grated cheese on top of that.  this melts over the top, so as you spoon out the pap you get a bit of pap with tomato and onion and melted cheese - mmmm... delicious
* Mix in a tin on sweetcorn to the water just before mixing in the pap for some extra decadence
* Also wonderful for breakfast (like a porridge),  Add some extra milk when cooking, so it is a bit more of a sloshy mix.  Scoop out some made pap into a bowl, and add milk and honey
* For more fabulous ideas and conversions have a look at my Yummy Food index page
* Please comment and share your ideas.

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  1. Interesting recipe. I am all about eating new recipe from around the world. My favorite African dish is a simple steamed butternut squash & peanut butter blended together. :)

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  3. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  4. I just love unique recipes thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Remember to come back tonight and share again.


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