This is the South African version of the British Fry-up.
- Mister Tjoppie Braai Sheet
- 4 pieces of sausages
- 4 flat mushrooms, wiped
- 4 rashers smoked dry cured back bacon
- 100 g black pudding, sliced
- 420 g baked beans
- 1 Large egg
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2-4 thick slices bread, for toasting
- 1-2 ripe tomatoes
- Heat the grill over a low heat or if you are going to do it on a braai make sure the coals are a low temperature, then put your Mister Tjoppie Braai Sheet over the grill, and brush sparingly with light olive oil.
- Cook the sausages first. Add the sausages to the hot grill on top of your Mister Tjoppie braai sheet /the coolest part if there is one and allow to cook slowly for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden. After the first 10 minutes, increase the heat to medium before beginning to cook the other ingredients. If you are struggling for space, completely cook the sausages and keep hot on a plate in the oven.
- Snip a few small cuts into the fatty edge of the bacon. Place the bacon straight on to your Mister Tjoppie braai sheet and fry for 2-4 minutes each side or until your preferred crispiness is reached. Like the sausages, the cooked bacon can be kept hot on a plate in the oven.
- For the mushrooms, brush away any dirt using a pastry brush and trim the stalk level with the mushroom top. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and drizzle over a little olive oil. Place stalk-side up on the braai sheet and cook for 1-2 minutes before turning and cooking for a further 3-4 minutes. Avoid moving the mushrooms too much while cooking, as this releases the natural juices, making them soggy.
- For the tomatoes, cut the tomatoes across the centre/or in half lengthways if using plum tomatoes , and with a small, sharp knife remove the green ‘eye’. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place cut-side down on Mister Tjoppie Braai Sheet and cook without moving for 2 minutes. Gently turn over and season again. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until tender but still holding their shape.
- For the black pudding, cut the black pudding into 3-4 slices and remove the skin. Place on the braai sheet and cook for 1½-2 minutes each side until slightly crispy.
- For ‘proper’ fried bread it’s best to cook it on a clean braai sheet. Ideally, use bread that is a couple of days old. Heat your grill or braai to a medium heat. Add the bread and cook for 2-3 minutes each side until crispy and golden. For a richer flavour, add a knob of butter after you turn the slice.
- For the fried eggs, break the egg straight onto Mister Tjoppie Braai Sheet with the fried bread and leave for 30 seconds. Add a good knob of butter and lightly splash/baste the egg with the butter when melted. Cook to your preferred stage, season and gently remove with a fish slice.
- Once all the ingredients are cooked, serve on warm plates and enjoy straight away with a good squeeze of your favourite sauce.