Braai paai

Braai Pie – Calzone style

It’s a well know fact that we South Africans will braai anything.  Point in case – braai pie.  Braai pie is a pie cooked over the coals – perfect for when you feel like something a bit different from chops and wors.  It’s a popular dish to make during camping weekends away and usually prepared as a starter (anything made with pastry should really be prepared before the second bottle of wine is opened).  Everyone contributes to the filling and the end result is shared.  Adrienne and I like making this at home when it’s only the two of us so that we don’t have to share a single morsel of our braai pie.

Braai Pie – Calzone style
Ingredients

400g puff pastry
1/2 pack spinach leaves
Filling of choice

Method

We made a calzone type fold over pie so we only used 400g pastry.  For a larger pie you can use 400g pastry as the base for the pie and cover it with another 400g pastry.

Roll out your puff pastry on a floured surface and pack spinach leaves on half of the pastry.  Make sure that your spinach is dry.  The spinach acts as a barrier between the pastry and filling.  If you don’t use the spinach the filling could start leaking out of the pastry when it gets hot.

Braai Pie

Add your filling of choice.  Don’t use anything that gives off moisture as it cooks eg mushrooms or tomatoes.  This will make your pastry soggy.

Braai Pie

Braai Pie

Braai pie

Finish off with another layer of spinach.

Braai pie

Fold over the pastry.

Braai pie

Make sure that the edges are sealed all around the pie.

Braai paai

Braai pie

Now it is time to braai your pie.  Make sure that your grill is clean and cool.  Spray with “Spray and Cook”.  Place the pie on the grill and brush with egg.  Braai over low heat.

Braai pie

Lift the grill regularly to make sure that the pasty does not stick.  If it sticks gently loosen it.

Braai pie

When the pastry is cooked and golden brown put a chopping board over the pie.

Braai pie

And turn the pie out onto it.

Braai pie

Slice and enjoy.

Braai pie

We braaied some lamb chops afterwards as we had some of the marinade left over from the kudu sosaties that Adrienne made for Womans Day.  You can find the recipe here.

Braai pie

Braai pie

Braai paai

We enjoyed our braai pie and lamb chops with an ice cold bottle of Kleine Zalze MCC.

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