Whether you’re staying in or going out this weekend for the final two games of the World Cup, TheSceneinTO has some tasty World Cup inspired recipes courtesy of Chef Michael P. Clive.
Every World Cup party deserves some good easy eats, so Chef Clive teamed up with Rickard’s to create some beer-inspired concoctions that are easy to tackle with no red card worries.
“Theming your menu for a get together like these final soccer games is easy. Have fun with names of dishes and play with colour,” explains Chef Clive. “With it being summer the grill is
an obvious choice, especially with three of the final four being from countries known for their love of the grill.”
Will it be the Spaniards or the Dutch? No matter where your heart lies Chef Clive has come up with some tasty selections that will go head-to-head with one another. So whip out your vuvuzelas and your BBQ utensils and see which flavours will win your golden cup.
A Feast for the Finals:
Celebrate the Oranje with an easy Dutch favourite and create your own sea of orange. Get a good header with a refreshing Rickard’s White, garnish with a slice of orange to show your Dutch pride.
Vlaamse Frites aka Fries and Mayo
The Dutch eat French fries with pretty much everything so it would be
fitting to include them in your Dutch themed feast.
The instructions are simple: Prepare french fries as you like them.
The Dutch like to eat their fries in a cone of paper so purchase some
cone shaped cups to place them in. Create a mayonnaise
dip with a bit of kick by squeezing some lime and adding chili powder.
Put a dollop of mayo on the fries and you’re ready for game time.
Sea of Oranje:
Take orange vegetables like carrot sticks, orange peppers and
tomatoes. Arrange them on a plate and include a vegetable dip with a
twist of citrus from Rickard’s White.
Rickard’s White Oranje Veggies and Dip
Simply whisk together the following into a medium sized bowl:
4 tbsp (60 mL) of your favourite ranch dressing
2 tbsp (30 mL) of Rickard’s White beer
2 tbsp (30 mL) of sour cream
Squeeze of lime juice
Chill before serving
No siestas will be had for Spanish football fans on Sunday. To keep the party going create a platter of chorizo, olives, almonds and red and yellow veggie skewers. The Spaniards are known for their tapas so create a spread of different foods for guests to choose from. For more national pride offer guests a red beer, such as Rickard’s Red.
Rickard’s Dark Veggie Marinade
Mix the following ingredients together:
1 bottle of Rickard’s Dark beer
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
4 tsp (20 mL) chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp (5 mL) maple syrup
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) sea salt
Chop and marinate red and yellow vegetables for two hours.
Slide each vegetable onto a bamboo skewer alternating colours.
Grill until tender and slightly caramelized.
Chorizo with Olives and Almonds
Grill Chorizo sausages and arrange onto a serving skillet along with the vegetable skewers. Drizzle with the remaining marinade and serve with stuffed olives and smoked almonds.
Great Food is the Ultimate Consolation:
Die-hard soccer fans will ensure they are watching as Germany and
Uruguay face off for the consolation final.
Nothing says Germany like beer and bratwurst. To add a boost to your sausage meal, create an easy dip with hint of Rickard’s Dark.
Brats and Beer Mustard
Grill Bratwurst sausages and prepare the following ingredients for a
tangy mustard sauce:
Whisk together equal parts of Dijon mustard & honey
1 tbsp (15 mL) hot mustard powder
3 tbsp (45 mL) of Rickard’s Dark
Serve alongside grilled brats and sauerkraut
Football is life in South America and so is red meat. Celebrate
Uruguay’s 2010 soccer victories with Uruguayan favourite the
chivito, or steak sandwich.
Rickard’s Red Chivito
Rickard’s Red BBQ Marinade
1/4 cup (59 mL) dried tart cherries
3 tbsp (45 mL) balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup (125 mL) cherry jam
2 tbsp (30mL) butter, melted
1 tbsp (15mL) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL) kosher salt
1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) dried chili flakes
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) dried thyme
1 ½ cup (360 mL) Rickard’s Red (1 1/2 cups)
Mix all the ingredients together. Submerge your favourite cut of
steak into the marinade. After a few hours place the steak on a
searing hot grill. Stack steaks onto a thick white bun. Top with your
favourite garnishes and share with your fellow soccer fans.
These recipes are sure to score points for World Cup or any day.
May the best team (and flavours) win!
*All photos courtesy of Rickard’s.