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Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Oopsies are South-African Bacon and Cherry Kebabs which have a perfect blend of sweet and savory to indulge in. Juicy maraschino cherries and crispy streaky bacon, these skewers are a hit at any gathering.

Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Oopsies Bacon and Cherry Kebabs: A Unique Twist on BBQ Classics

In the world of casual dining, especially in South African cuisine, an appetizing snack that are often on the table at gatherings are the ‘Oopsies’ –  bacon and cherry kebabs.

This snack marries the salty crunch of bacon with the sweet juiciness of cherries, creating a flavor combination that tantalizes the taste buds.  These kebabs are an irresistible addition to any braai, or barbecue.

The recipe involves maraschino cherries and strips of streaky bacon, which are then threaded onto skewers. For added flavor, I make a marinade which elevate the dish to new heights. 

As with any recipe, it is the care in preparation that makes the difference. After assembling the kebabs, I cook them over a medium flame until the bacon is crisp and the cherries are warmed through.

Occasionally brushing them with a bit of leftover marinade helps keep them moist. These kebabs are not just a snack, but also the perfect appetizer for any social occasion.

Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

All threaded (remember to soak wooden kebab sticks 30 minutes in cold water before use)

Pour over (or use a brush) the leftover marinade and cook

Origin and Traditions of Oopsies

Oopsies are not only a delightful treat but a symbol of South African culinary tradition. I’ll take you through the quirky naming of Oopsies and their integral place in the South African braai culture.

Why the Name Oopsies ?

The name “Oopsies” might evoke the image of a playful mistake, a culinary stroke of luck, or even a delightful accident. It appears that the dish gained its funky name because of its easy-going and fun nature.

Preparing these bacon and cherry kebabs often leads to laughter and light-hearted moments, particularly when one slips through the grill – hence, “Oopsies!” It is this informal and cheerful vibe that ensures the name sticks in South-Africa.

South-African Braai (Barbecue)

A Braai is to South Africans what barbecue is to other cultures, but it is deeply woven into our social life. It is more than a method of cooking; it is a respected tradition in South Africa that brings families and friends together over shared meals cooked over coals.

The ritual of the braai, which is prevalent during braai-season or really any sunny (or not!) day, is where dishes like Oopsies shine. 

Oopsies are a simple, yet special South African creation.

Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Perfect Appetizer for a Barbecue

When it comes to hosting a barbecue, offering a unique appetizer can set the tone for the entire event. Oopsies Bacon and Cherry Kebabs are the perfect appetizer ! It combines the savory flavor of bacon with the sweet and tart taste of cherries.

Cook Over the Coals, In the Oven or in Your Air Fryer !

I find that these sticks, loaded with streaky bacon and cherries, are versatile and can be cooked to perfection by several methods. Whether it is grilling them over hot coals for that authentic smoky braai experience or opting for convenience with an oven or air fryer, the results are consistently delicious.

  • Grill/Braai: On a traditional braai grid, I ensure the kebabs are turned frequently for even cooking. The bacon crisps up beautifully while the cherries caramelize.
  • Oven: Preheating to a high temperature replicates the intense heat of coals, making the kebabs just as enticing as if they were grilled.
  • Air Fryer: Quick and effective, the air fryer delivers a similar crispness to the bacon, with a bonus of easy cleanup and less monitoring.

These skewers themselves can be marinated ahead of time or you can simply glaze them with the leftover marinade. Adding a sprinkle of dark brown sugar increases the caramelization and enhances the natural sweetness of the cherries.

Cooking these kebabs are straightforward. And with the right preparation, Oopsies, bacon and cherry kebabs could easily become a signature dish at any barbecue.

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Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Oopsies (Bacon and Cherry Kebabs)

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Oopsies are South-African Bacon and Cherry Kebabs which have a perfect blend of sweet and savory to indulge in. Juicy maraschino cherries and crispy streaky bacon, these skewers are a hit at any gathering - Cook over the coals, in the oven or in the air fryer. Best barbecue appetizer !

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Maraschino Syrup, retained from the Cherries (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
  • 450 grams Streaky Bacon, ( 1 pound )
  • 16 Maraschino Cherries, NOT glace cherries

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the Maraschino cherry Syrup with the Honey and Lime juice and set aside
  2. Thread the kebab sticks as follows - 1 Maraschino Cherry followed by 3 rashers Streaky Bacon
  3. Repeat the threading twice more and end with a Maraschino Cherry
  4. Place in a marinating bowl - pour over the marinade (step 1) and let marinate 8 hours, or overnight (keep the leftover marinade)
  5. Cook over medium heat (coals or grill) turning and brushing with the leftover marinade frequently, until done to your preference

Notes

  • You can use more Maraschino syrup, but if for instance doubled, then double all the marinade ingredients
  • Cook the Bacon to your liking, we prefer crispy
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 Kebab
Amount Per Serving Calories 650Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 111mgSodium 1909mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 25gProtein 38g

Nutrition value is not always accurate. Please also check your ingredient labels.

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