Whenever we were invited to a braai (barbeque) in South Africa, I was always asked to ‘bring those eggy cheesy things’, to hand round as an appetiser. Delicious morsels of egg, sausage and cheese baked on rounds of fajita wraps. Perfect for nibbling while waiting for the main event. Give them a try at your next get-together – I’m sure you’ll love them.
The South African braai
A South African braai (or as we say in England, barbeque) is a very social occasion. Lots of food, lots of drink, lots of laughter. It’s a very casual affair. You are invited for a braai – ‘Oh come round any time – we’ll probably start the braai at about 3’ – and you just know the food will only be served at 7 if you are lucky.
It’s all done with the best of intentions. The fire probably does get started (quite early in the afternoon actually) and then the men all congregate around the coals drinking vast quantities of beer, and discussing the latest rugby or cricket score (depending on the season).
Meanwhile, the children are having the time of their lives in the pool. The better-halves (ie wives and girlfriends) are all sitting around discussing
their latest milk tart recipe (not really, I just wanted to get a mention in) whatever it is that ladies discuss, and a jolly good time is had by all.
The fire dies down and more coals get added numerous times until one of the ladies (usually the hostess) calls out ‘hey – when’s the food going to be ready?’ and the serious business of cooking the meat gets underway.
Consequently, when invited to a braai, everyone brings plates of snacks to keep the hunger pangs at bay while waiting for the steaks and sausages to be ready.
I found this website with information on South African braais quite amusing.
Eggy Cheesy Things
This recipe doesn’t really have a proper name. I’ve been asked so many times to ‘bring those eggy cheesy things’ that the name has stuck. So that’s what they are called.
They are so simple to make – no pastry required. Just cut circles out of fajita wraps and soak them in milk for a minute or two until they are soft enough to fit into a greased muffin tin. I find the easiest way to cut the circles is to fold each fajita in half to make a semi-circle. Fold in half again, so you end up with a quarter circle with 4 layers. Press a large cup on top of the quarter circle to mark the size and then cut it out with a pair of scissors so that you get 4 circles from 1 faijita.
To make enough for 12 you just add a small amount of tomato sauce to the fajitas in the muffin tin. Add a spoonful of chopped hard-boiled eggs and sausages. Top with a mixture of egg and cream and sprinkle with cheese. Pop in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes and you are good to go.
Can I freeze Eggy Cheesy Things?
No (sorry). They have to be eaten fresh, on the day you make them or they will go soggy and chewy.
Eggy Cheesy Things
- 3 Fajita Wraps
- 2 large Hardboiled Eggs finely chopped
- 2 German Bockwurst Sausages finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Sauce
- 2 large Eggs
- 125 ml Single Cream
- 125 ml Milk
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 4 Tablespoons Milk to soak the fajitas
- Cut 4 rounds from each fajita, large enough to line a shallow muffin tin. You need 12 in all.
- Soak the fajita rounds in milk to soften
- Grease a 12-hole shallow muffin tin and line each hole with the softened fajitas
- Combine the chopped egg and sausage in a bowl
- Put a small amount of tomato sauce in the centre of each fajita
- Top each fajita with a spoonful of the egg and sausage mixture
- Measure the cream into a measuring jug, add 2 eggs and then top up the measuring jug to the 1-cup mark with milk. Mix well.
- Pour the egg mixture carefully over each fajita being careful not to overfill
- Top with grated cheese
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10 – 15 minutes until the mixture is set and the cheese is melted.
If you enjoyed this recipe why not try my Breadcups. They make a delicious party snack too.
Leave a comment and let me know what your favourite party snack is and don’t forget to pin this recipe for later.