World Cup Party Ideas ~ Homemade Soft Pretzel Rolls and Dulce de Leche Brownies

World Cup Party ~ Salty and Sweet Pretzel Rolls

So let’s get real here. I’m not really that into soccer. The girl’s soccer team at my high school was really awesome and I was always super jealous of their incredible athleticism. But – honestly, I have no idea how the game is played. What I am into is any excuse to get together with friends and throw a little soiree. If you are into the game or if you just want an excuse to throw a party, I’ve got you covered on some World Cup themed snacks for this Sunday.

World Cup Party ~ Salty and Sweet Pretzel Rolls

Let’s talk Germany first. Back when I lived in New York City, one of my favorite diamonds in the rough to visit was Loreley, a biergarten off of Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I would plant myself there with a few friends at one of their picnic tables and get a few mid afternoon beers. Loreley also happens to have excellent house made soft pretzels. As my good friend Stanford used to say, they provided an excellent “base” for drinking.

World Cup Party ~ Salty and Sweet Pretzel Bites

As a food blogger, the most disappointing feeling ever is putting a ton of time into making something and then having it turn into a huge fail. You are left with nothing to write about and a huge mess to boot. In this case, when I had trouble forming the pretzels, I thought, hey, why not turn these into pretzel rolls? They turned out delicious and you don’t have to worry about trying to form the dough into a pretzel, which I obviously need a tutorial on. For your friends who like salty, the salty variation will be the perfect compliment to their game time beverages. For your friends with a sweet tooth, the sweet pretzel is reminiscent of the cinnamon sugar pretzel at Auntie Anne’s (if you didn’t visit one of these during your childhood, it’s not too late ;))

World Cup Party ~ Salty and Sweet Pretzel Rolls

Germany ~ Homemade Salty and Sweet Soft Pretzel Rolls

To make the dough for these pretzel rolls, I used Alton Brown’s recipe, which you can find here. To make the “rolls” instead of pretzels, follow these instructions:

– Instead of forming the dough into pretzels, separate the dough into 24 “roll” size pieces. Once you have the water boiling, add the rolls into the water bath 2 at a time.

– To make “salty” rolls, use the egg wash from Alton’s recipe and brush each roll with a little bit. I did not have pretzel salt and used sea salt. They still turned out great.

– To make “sweet” rolls, melt a few tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Brush each roll with some butter and add generous amounts of sugar and cinnamon to each.

– Bake for 12 minutes or until nicely browned on top.

Argentina ~ Dulce de Leche Brownies

World Cup Party ~ Dulce de Leche Brownies

Now, let’s span the globe to Argentina, a country I’ve been dying to visit. The options are endless here, you could go for some delicious guacamole, these tiny taquitos, these tequila chicken quesadillas or this beef tenderloin. But ~ when wikipedia told me that Argentina was the land of dulce de leche, one thing came to mind ~ dulce de leche brownies. YUM.

World Cup Party ~ Dulce de Leche Brownies

I used this recipe from David Lebovitz and they turned out awesome. BONUS ~ You only have to get one pot dirty. YES! If you are a fan of caramel brownies, you will love these. My only note to the recipe ~ watch the baking time. I pulled mine out after about 33 minutes and they were perfectly done. Oh and I used store bought dulce de leche. Don’t tell anyone 😉

World Cup Party ~ Dulce de Leche Brownies

Let me know if you decide to give any of these a try! I hope you all have a delicious, festive weekend!!

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