Ask a hardcore soccer fan if eating is an important part of game watching and you’re likely to get an interesting answer: Who has time to eat?
During the once-every-four-years World Cup, which started Friday in South Africa, food is just plain secondary to soccer.
“You watch every frame of the TV, and everybody’s on their toes, even if they’re sitting down,” says Lillo Teodosi, chef and co-owner of Caruso Ristorante in Boca Raton, Fla., who left his native Italy more than 30 years ago.
Of course, there’s always before and after the game. Fans gather at home or eateries and depending on their nationality, there are bound to be certain foods and beverages present.
Here are two recipes
La Estancia Argentina Salsa Criolla
Claudio Kojusner, owner of La Estancia Argentina in Miramar, Aventura and Coral Gables, Fla., shared recipes for a classic Argentine sauce that is served as a condiment with grilled meats.
(Makes about 4 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 green onions, diced
2 tomatoes, cubed
Black pepper, to taste
Cayenne pepper (or red chilli), to taste
1. In a medium bowl, stir salt into white vinegar until dissolved.
2. Stir in oil and vegetables. Season with pepper.
3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Gol! Taste of Brazil Caipirinha
Frank Reider, owner of Gol! The Taste of Brazil in Delray Beach, offers his recipe for a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil.
(makes 1 cocktail)
2 ounces Cachaca
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Lime rind, cut into small pieces
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar, depending on taste
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle (crush) the ingredients together and then shake well.
2. Strain the liquid into a glass of ice. The more authentic Brazilian way is to pour the mixture into a rocks glass of ice and serve unstrained with the lime rinds.