Heritage day dishes

Heritage Day dishes: What are you cooking? Image: Adobe. Stock.

Heritage Day dishes – South African cuisine at its best

Check out our list of mouth-watering Heritage Day dishes to make your time with the family unforgettable.

Heritage day dishes

Heritage Day dishes: What are you cooking? Image: Adobe. Stock.

There is just something so comforting about our South African food. It instantly hits the spot and makes you feel at home. Thanks to our rich cultural heritage, we have so many delicious traditional dishes that there is a favourite for everyone. Apart from sizzling meat on the braai, we have compiled a list of must-try Heritage Day dishes.

These dishes are evergreen, so even if you don’t get to try any of these mouth-watering dishes on Heritage Day, you can still whip them together any other day. Check out our list of Heritage Day dishes below!

Umngqusho – Traditional South African samp and beans

Umngqusho: A traditional favourite. Image: Unsplash.

This flavour-packed recipe is so deeply entrenched in our South African culture, that many people cannot imagine a week without having umngqusho. This is basically samp and beans cooked together in a mouth-watering way.  

The most important rule when preparing samp and beans is that you cannot be in a hurry as the samp and beans need to simmer slowly to ensure a soft, creamy result. Also, no matter how tempting, avoid stirring otherwise you end up with an excessively starchy dish that is not appetising at all!

This traditional recipe is a must-try for everyone who loves South African food. It will keep you full and satisfied. Click here for the full recipe.

Green beans with mashed potato – A winning side dish

Green beans with mashed potato
Green beans with mashed potato: Simply tasty. Image: Marele van Zyl.

Classic and tasty, this recipe conjures fond childhood memories. It’s not only super nutritious but very easy to prepare. This green beans and mashed potato recipe is the perfect side dish for a variety of traditional meals. And the best part is that it will not even take you up to an hour to prepare.

If you have never tasted green beans and mashed potato, you are in for a real treat! That’s why this recipe made it onto our Heritage Day dishes list. Click here for the recipe.

Steamed bread – A must-have with an aromatic stew

Steamed bread
Steamed bread: The perfect side for a stew. Image: Nomfundo Hlubi.

If you have never had some steamed bread with a rich, aromatic stew, you are really missing out. This traditional South African bread is an incredibly delicious side dish to enjoy with a variety of dishes.

If you decide to have some potjiekos for Heritage Day or lamb stew or even curry, make sure to prepare a loaf of steamed bread. The saucier the stew, the better as this tasty bread will soak up all the delicious stew.

However, steamed bread is also delicious when warm and freshly baked. Simply slather a thick layer of butter and jam and cheese if you like some additional toppings.

To enjoy this South African favourite, click here.

Milk tart – Classic dessert that is always welcome

classic milk tart
Classic milk tart: A South African delicacy. Image: Asande Mpila.

Every born and bred South African knows how popular milk tart is in this country. In fact, no matter how many times you have had milk tart, it remains a winner for dessert. If you are wondering what dessert you can serve as one of your Heritage Day dishes, look no further than a classic milk tart. It will be enjoyed by everyone around your dinner table for sure!

After preparing your milk tart, add some colour and garnish. Some brightly coloured fruits are always eye-catching on any dessert. Click here for this South African favourite.

Peppermint crisp tart – Creamy indulgence with each tasty bite

peppermint crisp tart
Peppermint crisp tart: A delightful dessert. Image: Msi Muzi Mathebula.

Another South African lip-smacking delicious dessert that needs no introduction is a peppermint crisp tart. This dessert is so easy to prepare, but the result is simply incredible.

No matter how large your main meal was, if there is peppermint crisp tart for dessert, you will find some space in your tummy. That is how delicious and indulgent this mouth-watering dessert is.

It is quite a difficult choice to decide whether to prepare a milk tart or peppermint crisp tart. If you decide to whip together a peppermint crisp tart, click here.

And there you have our list of delicious Heritage Day dishes. Whether you try any of them for Heritage Day or another day, let us know which one is your favourite!