With the football season officially kicking off, most of us already have a favourite team to root for and with watching the matches being an event in itself, it is not surprising that many of us face the hurdle of being unsure of what to cook for our friends and colleagues. If you find yourself nodding to this statement, worry not for we have come up with some delicious dishes for you to whip up.
- Spanish Roasted Stuff Mushrooms
Who here favours the Spanish team? Truth be told, we do! With players like Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos, the Spanish team definitely holds the approval and respect of every football fan out there. Keeping that in mind, what better way to appreciate this team than by whipping up this quick recipe.
- 1 pound mushrooms
- 1 roasted bell pepper cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup shredded Manchego cheese
- A dash of Olive oil
- Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
- Clean the mushrooms and remove the stem
- Add a dash of olive oil to the mushrooms and combine
- Add the mushrooms onto a baking tray and bake in the oven at 375-degree F for 20 minutes
- After it has cooled, drain the liquid gathered in the caps of the cooked mushroom
- Stuff the mushrooms with shredded cheese and top it with a slice of bell pepper
- Drizzle a little olive oil onto the cooked mushrooms and bake until the cheese melts
- Garnish with fresh parsley
2. Brazilian Fried Chicken Bites
With Neymar Jr. as an asset of their team, their matches always manage to put us at the edge of our seats. The only thing that could make their matches more interesting is the delicious food that you whip up for the viewing party.
- The juice of 2 limes
- 2 tbsp. of mustard
- 1-½ tbsp. plus 1 tsp. of salt
- 3 tsp. of grounded HealthyAlternatives- Organic Black Pepper Whole
- 5 lbs. of chicken
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of yellow cornmeal
- A dash of Vegetable oil
- 8 large minced garlic cloves
- 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil
- 2 tbsp. of choppedparsley
- Create the marinade for the chicken by combining the lime juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken to the marinade and leave it for at least 30-60 minutes at room temperature.
- In a large Ziploc bag, mix the flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the batter and ensure that the entire chicken piece is coated evenly.
- Heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees F, shake off excess flour, and deep fry chicken in batches for about 8-12 minutes or until it becomes brown. Place the fried chicken bites onto a large pan lined with a double paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- In another pan, toast the minced garlic with olive oil over medium heat until the garlic gets a brownish tinge. Remove the pan from the heat and spoon a little bit of the sauce on top of the fried chicken bites. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with chilled beers.
3. German Sauerkraut Potato Balls
Do you really think that we could go on without including the German star players in the list? We didn’t think so and just like our love for the team, we can’t help but love this brilliant potato dish.
- 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 squeezed and dried sauerkraut
- ½ cup of finely chopped onions
- 3 eggs, divided
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cups of plain breadcrumbs
- ½ tsp. of caraway seeds
- 1 ½ tsp of salt
- ½ tsp. of grounded HealthyAlternatives-Organic Black Pepper
- 2 ½ cups of vegetable oil
- Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes until they soften
- Mash the cooked potatoes and set aside to cool for 5 minutes
- To the mashed potatoes, add the sauerkraut, onions, 1 egg, 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, the caraway seeds, salt and pepper
- Mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined
- Add the remaining eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs into three separate shallow dishes
- Add a spoonful of the potato mixture into your palm and gently roll the mixture until it forms a ball. Continue doing so until you finish the entire mixture (you should be able to form a batch of 20 balls from this mixture)
- Gently dip the potato balls in egg and roll them in the flour and breadcrumbs. Ensure that the entire ball is coated evenly
- In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Fry the potato balls in batches for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
- Add the cooked balls onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil and serve hot!