The versatility of maize is not to be underestimated. Here are 10 recipes made with pap that utilise South Africa’s staple food in creative ways you would never have thought of…

1. Maize meal cookies

A sweeter take on the traditional idea we have of pap – these aren’t your grandmother’s soetkoekies!

Cheap pap recipes

Get the recipe here.

2. Mielie bread

This is certain to be a hit at the next braai, and for breakfast the next day (if there’s anything left).

cheap pap recipes

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3. Creamy cheese and sweetcorn pap

After tasting this, you’ll never look at pap the same again.

Cheap easy pap recipes

Get the recipe from: Fired Up Cooking SA

4. Maize meal pizza

Very easy to make! Try this the next time you’re in the mood for Italian, but are feeling patriotic.

Pap pizza recipes

Get the recipe from: Ace

5. Deep fried pap balls with a cheese filling

This is the perfect accompaniment to biltong, beer and rugga on the TV.

Pap balls recipes

Get the recipe here

6. Paptert

This layered dish has been a hit everywhere we’ve come across it. Leave space for seconds, but don’t count on thirds!

Cheap pap recipes - paptert

Get the recipe from: Splide

7. Pap chips

Right, this probably isn’t a healthier alternative to potato chips, but we bet it’s just as – if not more – tasty.

Pap chips recipes

Get the recipe from here

8. Pap canapés

Who said pap couldn’t be a fancy starter at your next sit-down dinner?

pap recipes

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9. Pap cakes

These pieces of deliciousness are basically a meal on their own.

Pap recipes

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10. Pap blueberry muffins

Nobody will believe that these muffins were made with maize meal!

Pap recipes

Get the recipe here.

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Angie Gallagher

Angie Gallagher is a freelance writer in the Upper Karoo. Aside from writing content for Counting Coins, Angie has tried her hand at a few juvenile attempts at poetry filled with storms and stress, and a marginally successful radio station, Radio Grootoor, recorded on cassette tapes when she was ten.

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