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Meatballs with Broccoli, Bacon and Beetroot Salad – Serondella Lodge

11 Feb 2020 | By Author Thornybush | Recipes

Broccoli, bacon and beetroot salad at Serondella LodgeIt’s a bit of tongue twister, but Serondella Lodge’s boerie, bacon, beetroot and broccoli feast is a treat for the taste buds and for allwho stay at Serondella Game Lodge. Now you can recreate it in the comfort of your home with this easy recipe. Here’s how it’s done.

Boerewors Meatballs


  • 450g Boerewors sausage
  • 45ml Fine breadcrumbs
  • 15m Canola or olive oil
  • 3 Spring onions, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 Red, yellow or green peppers, chopped
  • 1 Red chilli, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 can Peeled, chopped tomatoes
  • 1 T Tomato paste
  • 30ml Sweet and sour sauce
  • 15ml Chutney
  • 5ml Red wine vinegar
  • 30ml Sour cream
  • 1 Chicken stock cube, crumbled
  • 1 handful Fresh basil, chopped
  • 2,5ml Dried, mixed herbs
  • 400ml Red kidney beans, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Peel the skin off the boerewors then mix the boerewors mince with the breadcrumbs in a bowl. Form the meat mixture into balls and place them on a greased baking tray.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until browned and cooked through then set the meatballs aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and sauté the onion, pepper, garlic and chilli for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sweet and sour sauce, chutney, vinegar and sour cream to the saucepan. Cook whilst stirring for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the chicken stock, basil, herbs and beans to the sauce then stir and cook for 2 minutes, adding water if needed. Add the meatballs to the mix and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with the broccoli, bacon and beetroot salad.

Broccoli, Bacon and Beetroot Salad


  • 500g Broccoli
  • 250g Beetroot
  • 1 cup Bacon
  • 250g Mixed salad leaves
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 T Vinegar
  • 2 T Sugar


  1. Cook the beetroot and broccoli until tender.
  2. Grill or fry the bacon until crispy and then chop it.
  3. Toss the bacon, beetroot, broccoli and mixed salad leaves together.
  4. Combine the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise and serve with the salad.

What is Boerewors?

Unless you live in South Africa or have access to an SA Expat shop, you could have a hard time finding authentic boerewors. This local staple is similar to Cumberland sausage, except for the herbs and spices used give it a unique flavour. You can make your own boerewors flavoured minced meat using our recipe.

While boerewors is usually sold as beef, it’s actually a combination of beef, pork and bacon in a ratio of 2:1:0.5 kilograms. Here’s how to make it.

  1. Cut the beef and pork into cubes and allow it to stand for an hour while the blood drains.
  2. Then add the bacon plus the following spices:
  • 50 ml Ground coriander
  • 2 ml Ground Cloves
  • 2 ml Ground Nutmeg
  • 25ml Fine Salt
  • 5 ml Freshly ground Black Pepper
  1. Add 100 ml Vinegar, mix well, and leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. The last step is to grind the meat together using the ¼ inch blade of your mixer.

Alternatively, you can book a South African safari at Thornybush’s Serondella Game Lodge, and we’ll do all the work for you. Get in touch with us for a true taste of South Africa.