With World Cup fever taking over I thought you might like some tasty recipes if you are having a couple of friends over to watch a match.
Rugby Cheese Ball Bites
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup medium-aged Gouda cheese
- ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 15 black olives
Preparation time: 30 mins.
1. Combine cream cheese and Gouda cheese in a bowl and season with balsamic vinegar. Cut off small portions of cheese mixture with a spoon and roll into balls.
2. Cut olives into small squares. Put olive squares on the chesses balls so they look like soccer balls.
Seven Layer Taco Dip
How about a Seven Layer Taco Dip to satisfy the taste buds of your footballing friends?
- 1 package taco seasoning mix
- 1 can refined beans
- 1 package cream cheese softened
- 1 container sour cream
- 1 jar salsa
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- ½ head iceberg lettuce shredded
- 1 can of sliced black olives, drained
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preparation time: 30 minutes. No cooking ready to serve.
1. In a medium bowl, mix the taco seasoning and refried beans, spread the mixture on a serving platter.
2. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a bowl and spread over the refried beans
3. Top the layers with salsa. Place a layer of tomato, green bell pepper, onion and lettuce over the salsa and top with Cheddar cheese. Garnish with black olives
A firm favourite at any party is Buffalo Chicken Wings. These are the perfect treat to have for friends during a big match.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 10 chicken wings
- Oil for deep frying
- ¼ cup of butter
- ¼ cup of hot sauce
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1 dash garlic powder
Preparation time 15 minutes. Cooking time 15 minutes. Ready to serve 2 hours.
1. In a small bowl mix together flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Put chicken wings in a large dish and sprinkle flour mixture over them until evenly covered. Cover dish and refrigerate for 90 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 190 degrees C. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and until butter is melted and the mixture is mixed. Remove from the heat, sauce ready for serving.
3. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes or until wings turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in a serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Ready to serve!
I hope you have as much fun trying out and tasting the recipes as you do watching the much-anticipated World Cup, any or all of these recipes can be washed down with a local refreshment.