2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™14 Jun - 15 Jul

Best snacks for World Cup games

BEIRUT: From kids to adults, almost everyone is eagerly anticipating the FIFA World Cup this year to root for their favorite team. Friends and families will soon gather around television screens to celebrate every game, while munching on snacks. Apart from the standard pizza and nachos, there are several toothsome snacks to serve during such nights.

Chef Lamina Rasamny suggests a few easy-to-make delicious snacks.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Put a load of cooked chickpeas in a food processor and process until very creamy. Add roasted red pepper, garlic and tahini paste. Next, add lemon juice, salt, cumin, and chili flakes. Then blend well and serve with drizzled olive oil and chopped parsley.

 Salsa Fresca

In a blender, mix canned seeded tomato with white onion and jalapeños. Add a pinch of sea salt, cumin and a bit of cilantro. It can be stuffed in tacos or used as a dip with chips.

Quick cheesecake

Mix mashed biscuits with butter and distribute equally in cups. Place the cups in the fridge for 20 min. Meanwhile, mix cream cheese with heavy cream. Remove the cups from the freezer, spread the cheese and cream on top of the biscuits equally. Add a layer of jam and serve.

Here we have some snacks that Chef Joe Barza recommends and deems his favorite:

Othmaliyeh Halloumi

Cut the halloumi into cubes. Then, mix bread crumbs with chopped othmaliyeh. Dip the halloumi into the flour and then run them through eggs to coat lightly. Lay them in the bread crumbs othmaliyeh mix and turn them over. Next, pan-fry the halloumi in vegetable oil until golden color is reached. He advises serving it with tomato-based sauces for the best flavor.

Baked potato with Kishk

Heat the oil and fry garlic and onions. Add lemon cuts, diced tomato and fresh coriander. Then, add the kishk along with mozzarella cheese. Bake thick slices of potato and top them with the paste.

Chef Richard Khoury also advises people to “think before they snack “and suggests healthy snacks. These include: edamame with salt and broad beans topped with lemon slices, cumin, salt and pepper.

For the health cautious ones out there, you can still enjoy a tasty guilt-free snack like Maurice Sarrouf’s who prefers snacking on flaming shrimps, berries topped with Chia seeds and salmon bites. Along the fit and healthy line, Amanda Sfeir also chooses to snack on vegetables with a hummus dip in order to maintain her weight.

Others, however, favor treats that satisfy their cravings. For example, Elie Kossaife’s favorite snack is biscuits topped with nutella, banana and caramel sauce. In addition, Steven Salloum enjoys munching on dry meat sticks.

Likewise, gratifying her appetite, Laurence Daou indulges herself in peanut butter banana ice cream. She prepares it by blending frozen bananas with natural peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt.

Yet, despite the infinite choices, Georges Mikhael is still loyal to the traditional “pizza and nachos “dish which he considers as the “all-time World Cup meal.”

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