World Cup season is upon us, and if you want to catch all of those games and give them your full attention, you are going to need some sustenance.
The 5 treats listed here are great for sharing with friends – but equally, you can just keep them for yourself if you desire.Easy to make, and absolutely delicious, they will take you all the way to the final on July 15th.
1. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Obviously, the dream here is to bake your own cookies and to take them from the oven whilst they are still hot before placing them either side of the ice cream of your choice – the result is a gooey, delicious and slightly messy treat that is very satisfying.
Cookies can be made by blending an egg with a cup each of brown and white sugar, a cup of flour, a cup of butter or butter substitute, a splash of milk and some vanilla flavoring.
You can mix in chocolate chips if you like, too. Roll the resulting dough into walnut sized pieces and place them spaced well apart on a baking tray on some greaseproof paper before baking them for 7 minutes at 180 centigrade.
Leave the freshly baked cookies to settle and firm up a little for a few minutes before adding your ice cream.
Not all of us have so much time on our hands, though, and that's fine!
2. Spinach And Cashew Dip
This is a vegan dip so that everyone can dig into it with tortilla chips or carrot sticks, no matter what their dietary requirements. Plus, it's super simple to make.
Simply soak a cup of cashews in three cups of water overnight, then rinse and drain.
Blend the cashews in a kitchen blender with two cloves of garlic, a cup of fresh water, a cup of wilted spinach, and some lemon juice, then add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste.
Now, bake the mixture in the oven in an oven proof dish at 180 centigrade for 20 minutes.A hot dip may be a rarity around the table during World Cup season, but this one is definitely worth the extra cooking time as it develops a creamy texture and becomes even more flavorsome in the oven.
3. Sweet Potato Matchstick Fries
These fries are perfect with a little garlic mayo on the side.
Alternatively, you can make your own garlic dip with a cup of natural yoghurt mixed with two teaspoons each of grated garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice plus a little salt and pepper and a sprinkle of chives to taste.
Simply take four large sweet potatoes (or however many is suitable for the number of guests you have), peel them and cut them into matchstick style shapes.
Deep fry them in olive oil for a couple of minutes until they just start to get crispy, or simply brush them in oil and bake them in the oven for a lower calorie alternative.Now, mix together a few teaspoons of salt with a few teaspoons of pepper, a handful of chopped fresh rosemary and two tablespoons of powdered Parmesan cheese.
Roll your matchstick fries in this mixture while they are still hot to coat them with a delectable crust, bake them in the oven for 5 more minutes to ensure the crust is crispy, and then serve.
4. Fruit Skewers and Melted Chocolate Fondue
You can make this treat in a specialist fondue maker if you have one – but don't panic, you do not need one for a successful snack.
Simply take some metal skewers and load them up. Alternate halved strawberries with marshmallows, pineapple chunks, banana slices and blueberries. Lay them out on a plate for your guests to pick up as they please.
Now, melt a block of dark chocolate and a block of milk chocolate in a bain marie or in the microwave.
Add a cup of cream (or an alternative like oat cream) and a cup of coconut milk.
Stir well and scrape a vanilla pod into the mixture, or use a few drops of vanilla flavoring, to finish it off.Now, you can dip your skewers into the melted chocolate mix as you watch the big game.
5. Nachos With Salsa, Cheese, Sour Cream, And Guacamole
Grab some freshly baked nachos and add something to each of the four corners. We recommend the following four dips:
Sour cream – either store bought or made using a cup of thick cream soured with the juice of one lemon.
Easy Salsa – mix four large peeled and chopped tomatoes with a bunch of chopped cilantro, the juice of one lime and a finely chopped red onion.
Melted cheese – just melt and then sprinkle onto your nachos.
Guacamole – a simple mix of cilantro, creamy avocado, the juice of a couple of limes, and a chilli, salt and pepper to taste will do the trick here.
Now you're all ready to dig in!
You're sure to find at least one treat that appeals to you in the list above. But, if you are really planning a World Cup soccer marathon, why not attempt them all?
These colorful and tasty treats will sustain and delight you throughout all of those nail biting games.