Spicy South African Sausage Roll

This recipe deliciously combines two things that normally don't go together: hot dogs and Whole Foods.

 Claire Benoist

Descended from the combination of minced meat and cubed speck (pork or beef fat) with spices and preservatives (mostly vinegar) favored by early Dutch settlers in Africa, boerewors is the South African equivalent of a hot dog.

Russell van Kraayenburg suggests serving it with sautéed onions and South African tomato sauce, a thin, spicy ketchup with chunks of tomato. Says the guru, it’s a “spicy, flavorful hot dog…The marriage between Dutch, English, and Indian cuisines is delicious.”

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, for sauteing
  • 2 Tbsp sliced white onions
  • 1 bun
  • 7 oz Boerewors sausage
  • 2 tsp brown mustard
  • South African tomato sauce, for dipping

Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat.  

Cook onions until light brown, about 8 minutes.

Grill boerewors. Toast bun.

Place grilled sausage in bun. Top with mustard and onions. Serve with a bowl of South African tomato sauce.