Pap-en- wors is one of the great truly South African dishes. Some recipes have been in families for generations well others have been kept a secret for years.

Secret or not, it remains one the favourite and legendary SA dishes.

Here is a great Pap-en-wors recipe

Pap-en-wors recipe


  • ·         600g boerewors
  • ·         120g mealie meal
  • ·         625ml water
  • ·         Salt
  • ·         80g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • ·         410g tomato and onion mix
  • ·         25ml chilli and garlic sauce
  • ·         salt and pepper to taste



Preheat the oven to 180 ºC (350 ºF). Spray a round ovenproof dish with non-stick spray. Arrange the boerewors in a spiral and fry in a heated pan till brown and done.

Blend the mealie meal with 125 ml water and heat the remaining water. Add the blended mealie meal when the water boils. Add a pinch of salt and stir till the porridge boils and thickens. Simmer till done. Stir in a little Cheddar cheese, reserving the rest to sprinkle on top. Turn the porridge into the prepared dish.


Still keeping the boerewors in a spiral, place it on top of the porridge. Heat the tomato and onion mix and chilli and garlic sauce.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for about 5 minutes. Spoon over the boerewors and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or till heated through.

Serves 4-6.