Mieliepap is a dish that goes hand-in-hand with South Africa. Beloved by the entire country, it’s a breakfast staple- but it can be oh so much more, too. Today we reinvent this humble, filling meal into a snack you can take anywhere, with a little Miami Canner’s love and your kitchen.
Why South Africa and Pap Go Hand in Hand
Creamy mieliepap with butter, sugar, and a little golden syrup is a childhood memory most South Africans share. Or maybe your mind goes immediately to a steaming bowl of pap served alongside your braaied goodies. While hominy and other ground-maize dishes exist in the rest of the world, there’s nowhere like SA for the celebration of all-things-mielie. From coast to coast, it’s a hearty, filling dish that makes everyone’s table at least once a week.
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up this traditional dish and make something filling to nibble on the run, try this exciting new take on an old favourite.
Delicious Mieliepap Muffins- A SA Favourite
Let’s reinvent mieliepap for the gourmet generation. Packed with homely flavour, these delicious muffins will bring an air of sophistication to your mieliepap adventures, but keep the warmth and love you remember from Mom’s table.
● 2 cups cornmeal / polenta or mielie meal
● 4 cups water
● 1 teaspoon salt
● 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
● 2 eggs
● 2 handfuls of cheese, grated
● 4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, or 1 tablespoon dried herbs
● 1 teaspoon red pepper
● 1 teaspoon paprika
● 1 cup whole corn kernels, drained
● 1 can Miami Boerie Relish
Make sure you have your oven preheated to 200 ºC. Make your mieliepap by bringing the water and salt to a strong boil, then add the pap (or cornmeal) and stir until it’s thick. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, and don’t forget to pop the lid on so it doesn’t burn!
Remove from the heat and let it cool. Combine all the other ingredients, and work it into the pap porridge well. Spoon hefty dollops of the mix into a greased muffin pan. Remember, this recipe won’t rise, so you can fill your tray without worries. Let them bake for about 20 minutes, and a delicious treat is ready for you to enjoy.
Pap is a staple of the South African table. With this unique new take on an old classic, you’ll soon be the talk of the town- if the family leaves any to share, that is!