The 2014 FIFA World Cup is currently underway in Brazil, pitting the globe’s best soccer teams against one another. While the event may center around a well-loved sport, it’s also the perfect opportunity to explore traditional dishes from other cultures. If you’re interested in learning Asian, South American, Central American, Australian or European cooking techniques, look no further than the World Cup for inspiration. Today, we pit a few teams against one another to share popular dishes from countries that have already faced off.
France versus Honduras
These two teams played their match on June 15. France came out the winner with a final score of three to zero, but that doesn’t mean their food will taste better. In fact, both nations have amazing dishes you’re sure to love. Learn more about French and Honduran culture by cooking these foods:
Blanquette de Veau: This classic French dish is essentially a veal ragout. The meat and vegetables are blanketed by a lovely cream sauce. Neither the butter nor veal should be browned in this cooking process, making it a challenging dish to perfect. Consider making blanquette de veau for the next French World Cup match.
Pastelitos de Carne: A pastry filled with meat, pastelitos de carne are a well-loved Honduran dish. The pastry is made of corn flour and is filled with ground meat and vegetables. Commonly topped with cheese and a light cabbage salad, this dish is a great option for game night.
Brazil versus Croatia
Brazil beat Croatia three to one on June 12, but you can be the judge on which nation has your favorite dish. Try both of these national treasures:
Feijoada: A common Brazillian dish, feijoada is like a chily or stew. It combines black beans, sausage, beef and some vegetables for a hearty meal sure to satisfy your taste buds. It’s also the perfect game-time meal. You can slow cook this stew during the day and enjoy it the next time Brazil plays. Over the course of a couple hours, the sausage and beef, along with some bay leaves, will impart flavor to the stew.
Scampi Buzara: Croatia is located along the Adriatic Sea, giving the locals access to fresh fish and seafood. Scampi buzara is the perfect example of how Croatians utilize their natural resources. This messy-to-eat but easy-to-make dish features shrimp. The crustaceans are cooked in the shell (which diners then peel away while eating) with shallots, wine, parsley, garlic and a light tomato sauce. The dish is typically served with bread so diners can mop up any sauce left at the bottom of the bowl.