This basic South African staple, known variously as putu pap or maize meal, may be consumed either as a morning food or a dinner food, depending on how it is prepared. Breakfast sloppy pap, also known as slap pap, is often made by adding additional water to the cooking process. At a meal, like a braai, it’s prepared with other meat and seasoned to the individual’s liking, which often means making it crumblier. Together, the putu pap and livers on our menu represent a wonderful fusion of traditional South African cuisine and comfort food. It’s like liver and onions, but in South African style.
Putu pap and livers tips
In order to properly absorb the sauce, the “pap” (a staple food in South Africa) should be somewhat crumbly and a little bit sticky. Browned ox livers are filled with flavour and iron, and the addition of bacon gives them a smoky, fatty flavour. The sauce and the veggies provide another layer of delicious flavour.
You know what to do with any remaining cornmeal in the kitchen. If you want a browned bottom crust on your corn, turn up the heat, add more milk, and burn the bottom. Then, combine some burnt parts with some oatmeal, sugar, and plenty of butter and milk to make one of the world’s greatest desserts.
As a traditional dessert, traditional cinnamon dumplings would go well with this meal.
Enjoy some home-cooked South African cuisine with your friends. This putu pap and livers dish is a wonderful family favourite, complete with a delicious dessert.