Ideal match for the big kick-off

12 Jun 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

With the whistle about to blow, Shishira Sreenivas serves up some tasty dishes for football fans planning to host a World Cup party 

It’s World Cup time and so out come the football shirts, face paint and plans to host a party. However, no World Cup watching party is complete without some scrumptious finger food to munch. As the games will be played according to Brazil’s time zone, football fans in the Sultanate are in for a whole lot of late-night cheering.

While crisps and fizzy drinks seem like the most obvious options to feed grumbling tummies late into the night, here is a list of five delicious snacks that will not only be in keeping with the World Cup theme, but will add colour and taste to your palate, not to mention help you to keep a check on your waistline.

  1. Pastel: To honour the World Cup hosts, the pastel is a must. It is one Brazil’s most-loved snacks. These homemade fried delicacies are fairly easy to make and take very little time. While ground beef and cheese are the most common stuffing, you have every right to get creative and stuff it with your favourite meat. Munch on these crispy yet soft snacks as you wash it down with a cold beverage. It’s the perfect exotic snack to share with your fellow football fans as you cheer on your favourite team.
  2. California club chicken wraps:  These colourful wraps not only fill you up but, with grilled chicken, spinach tortillas, tomatoes, avocados and some of your favourite shredded cheese, also pack a good helping of some much-needed nutrients! It takes less than10 minutes to prepare these tasty bites if you have the ingredients at hand and they can be eaten cold or grilled. Recipe: 
  3. Nachos and cheese: This ultimate finger snack is downright popular everywhere in the world simply because of how easily accessible and delicious it is. This is fail proof at any football watching party and the bowl always seems to need refilling. Usually very high in calories, you can switch to a healthier version by swapping the tortilla chips with wholegrain ones and substituting the melted cheese with some local low-fat hummus. It will still be crispy and very tasty!
  4. Parmesan spinach balls: Here’s a snack that’s bound to hit the spot for every vegetarian football lover out there. These healthy oven-baked goodies take only 10-15 minutes to prepare as they require only seven easily accessible ingredients.  And they will surely appease even the most hardcore meat lover. Recipe: 
  5. Virgin Caipirinha: Considered the national beverage of Brazil, the Virgin Caipirinha is a refreshing chilled drink with lemon, orange and ginger beer. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and will definitely quench your thirst in this sultry weather. It’s the ideal drink to wash down any carb-filled snack you’re bound to have consumed.

Well, there it is! Get a shopping list ready as these colourful yet moderately healthy snacks are bound to impress your guests, as well as spice up your whole World Cup experience.

Recipe: Virgin Caipirinha


Prep time: 10 minutes


1/2 diced lime, 1/2 small diced lemon, 1/2 small diced orange, 1 sugar cube, ginger beer and fresh mint to garnish (optional)  


  • Place the fruit in a mixing glass.
  • Add the sugar cube and a dash of ginger beer. 
  • Muddle to release the juices.
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. 
  • Top with ginger beer. 
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint on top of the drink if desired.  
  • Serve with a straw.   

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Recipe: Pastel with meat and cheese filling



  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 340g lean ground beef 
  • 1 large tomato, chopped 
  • ½ tablespoon sugar 
  • ½ tablespoon chilli paste  
  • Salt and ground black pepper 
  • 3 tablespoons scallions, finely chopped 
  • 113g Gouda, cubed  
  • 16 rounds of empanada dough 
  • Vegetable oil for frying   


In a skillet over a medium-high heat, combine olive oil and onions. Cook the onions until soft, then add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the ground beef and cook until brown, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, sugar and chilli paste. Cook until tomatoes are soft and incorporated into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, fold in scallions. Set aside to cool. To assemble, place the empanadas on a flat surface, spoon one tablespoon of the meat mixture on them and top with a cube of cheese. Fold over, crimp the sides with a fork and deep fry until golden. Let stand for three minutes.

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