Homemade snacks: recipes for the World Cup

Dclassic TV night for the whole family is actually Saturday night. Unless every kid is watching what they want on their tablet, or older kids aren’t working on Netflix series on their smartphones. Saturday night is often an opportunity to watch a movie together. There should be more opportunities for co-television from Thursday. The World Cup in Russia is celebrated by many families as a joint event that can include friends and neighbors.

Anke Schipp

Editor of the “Life” department of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

Traditionally, sausage and potato salad is served on football nights because it goes so well with beer. Or the pizza service has to go. But you can give it a try, because food is like a good football commentator who can’t turn the game around if things are going badly for his team on the field, but at least he can create a good atmosphere.

Kate McMillan, author of the cookbook Saturday Night Snacks and Drinks to Share – or Not to Share (Callwey Verlag, €20), recommends preparing food for a football night like a buffet. “And don’t forget big napkins so guests can comfortably place their plates on their laps.” Football night should start with salty and crunchy nibbles, McMillan advises. For example, homemade chips (see the recipe below), thin popcorn or flavored nuts. For this, 125 g of peanuts or cashews are suitable, which you roast in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Then mix them in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of melted butter.

Freshly made popcorn (90g raw weight) can be placed in a bowl while still warm and mixed with 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of lime zest and 1½ teaspoons of chili powder. Then add a generous amount of salt. Parmesan and garlic powder can also be alternatives. If you prefer it sweeter but don’t want to use sugar, try just grated chocolate and orange zest.

Imagination while filling

Potato chips with onion gravy from Kate McMillan's cookbook.  (see recipe below)


Potato chips with onion gravy from Kate McMillan’s cookbook. (see recipe below)
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Photo: Callaway

For a World Cup meal, it’s important to be able to hold it comfortably, as the blades can get in the way when a goal is scored and you want to spontaneously throw your arms up in the air. Therefore, for example, chicken wings (see the recipe below) or pizza, which you can quickly prepare yourself, are suitable with dough from the refrigerator section. You have to fill your imagination with chefs: Italian sausage and caramelized onions, for example, corn, tomatoes and feta cheese. Something healthy doesn’t hurt either: raw vegetable sticks made of peppers, cucumbers and carrots can be topped off with a homemade dip made from mayonnaise, cream cheese, parsley, dill, crushed garlic cloves and a little dill for garnish.

Of course, after all that salty stuff, you’ll want something sweet by the 90th minute at the latest. It’s also possible for the team to lose, and you think that only a sugar hit can make the moment of defeat bearable. If you want it simple, there’s ice cream in the freezer. But you can also make a quick cake from a ready-made yogurt cake that you cover with apricots and raspberries, plus cream or yogurt mixed with a teaspoon of honey.

By the way, children can do the decoration for the World Cup night. You will find the most beautiful corners for black, red and gold wreaths. Or paint a soccer ball on cardboard and then cut it out – like coasters for glasses. There are tons of tutorials online on how to make a World Cup flag or popcorn bags that you decorate with ribbon in the color of your favorite team.


“Saturday evening. Appetizers and drinks to share—or not.” (See recipe below)
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Photo: Callaway

contract in advance

If your kids think they can watch TV every night from June 14th to July 15th, even if Senegal plays Colombia – show the red card immediately! After all, some federal states still have school during the World Cup.

Late games start at 8:00 p.m., which means TV night doesn’t end until about 10:00 p.m., and it’s possible that the kids are so cranky afterward that they can’t fall asleep. Therefore, it is better to agree in advance with the minors. For example, you only watch games on the weekend. Or just German games.

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