In the spirit of tomorrow’s ‘National Braai Day’ in SA (or should I say “only in SA!”) – we decided on a warm-up round over the weekend coupled with spending some great time with the Bestie’s – one could not ask for more: Bestie’s + Braai + Burgers (home-made of course) + a killer burger sauce that will certainly differentiate a good burger braai experience from a KILLER one….ours being latter and thanks to my best mate Ash!
So aside from your essentials which include:
- an oversized fresh green salad with seeds and a good quality extra-virgin olive oil and lime dressing
- fresh and fluffy seeded burger buns
- plenty of plump extra-lean home-made burger patties including some finely chopped fresh chilli and coriander (Handy tip to keep them together on the coals: use an egg for binding and roll them into round ‘meatballs’ in the preparation stage allowing your braai-master to squash them as necessary once on the grid…)
- lots of sliced fresh tomato, and red onion rings
- Mrs Balls (chutney) and a tasty mustard (I personally love the tarragon infused Dijon)
- Fistfuls of grated mature cheddar
…And, according to Ash – the secret lies in the sauce! Inspired by a family recipe – here it is:
1. Very finely chop a handful of both fresh mint and coriander (ours was sourced straight from Ash’s veggie patch – which adds that extra authenticity)
2. Added to the above a finely chopped fire-engine red Bird’s Eye Chilli – seeds and all!
3. Mix the above into a bowl of plain yoghurt and add a squeeze of lemon juice (from a quarter lemon) and a teaspoon of fragrant Ras al Hanoot Eat.Art spice
4. Mix well and finish with a sprinkling of salt, in our case we used the Eat.Art Persian Blue Gourmet Salt…..mmmmm!
Substitute butter on your burger buns with a healthy spread of this delicious sauce on both the top and bottom rolls – and simply, revel in a most delicious experience. We are just bananas over burger braais and are forever experimenting and competing over patti recipes – when all along, the secret lay in the sauce…
Thanks Ash…and happy braaing tomorrow!
Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.