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