It’s been a long wait, but it’s finally time for kick off… and what better way to watch a big match, than with some big munch!

We’re not talking simple snacks here, but mouth-watering, matchwinners. Here selected six of our favourite recipes to help you create a gameday feast and really get you into that footy feeling.

Gourmet Hotdogs with sticky cider onions

A far cry from your standard stadium sausage… this is a gourmet gamechanger! Assisted by sticky cider onions, brioche hotdog buns and a drizzle of good old mustard, these banging bangers are guaranteed to hit the back of the net!

Line Up

  • 30g butter
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 100ml of dry cider
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cider vinegar
  • 4 sausages
  • 4 brioche hotdog buns
  • Mustard

Tactics

  1. The first thing to make for this is the sticky cider onions! Add your sliced onions to a pan along with your butter and olive oil. Fry these off for 25 minutes until caramelised
  2. Then add your 100ml of cider and simmer the onions until it’s reduced. Once it has stir through your sugar
  3. Then heat up your BBQ and cook your sausages as you usually would! Add your brioche buns onto the grill for the last couple of minutes to heat them through and char slightly
  4. Once cooked it’s time to assemble your hotdog. Grab a bun and lay some of those sticky onions on the bottom. Top with your sausage and then squeeze on some mustard. Voila!

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BBQ Chicken

BBQ’d to perfection, this kickin’ chicken will send the crowd wild. With crispy skin and tender, succulent meat, It’s the tastiest fowl you’ll encounter in any football match!

Line Up

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Few sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 lemon, zested and ½ juiced
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • ½ tsp of garlic granules

Tactics

  1. Make your Thyme butter by mixing the butter, Thyme, garlic and lemon. Push this underneath the skin of the chicken to form an even layer
  2. Next mix your rub ingredients together, sea salt, brown sugar, black pepper and garlic and proceed to coat your chicken and massage it in
  3. Optional step is to chill your chicken for 4 hours if you’re prepping in advance! If this is a spontaneous BBQ then don’t worry yourself and just crack on to step 4
  4. Heat up your BBQ and get that chicken cooking!
  5. Once it’s cooked and crisped up, leave to rest for 5-10 minutes in foil and then squeeze the other half of the lemon juice onto it before carving

 

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Veggie Kebabs

With mushrooms, courgettes and peaches lining up together alongside a delicious avocado dip, this Vegan kebab is bound to finish at the top of the (vege)table!

Line Up

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 4 portobello mushrooms quartered or 16 button mushrooms
  • 4 peaches, destoned into quarters
  • 2 courgettes cut into chunks
  • 2 red onions into large chunks
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp of mustard

Tactics

  1. Mix your oil, garlic, chilli flakes and rosemary together. Then start piling your kebab ingredients onto their sticks, alternating between peaches, mushrooms, courgettes and onion
  2. Brush your assembled kebabs with your flavoured oil and some salt & pepper to taste. These can be made the day before if you’re prepping or be made right before cooking!
  3. Heat up your BBQ so it’s super-hot! Whilst you’re waiting for that to reach the right temperature then it’s time to make the avocado dip
  4. Mash up your avocado with the lemon juice – either leave your dip chunky or blitz in a food processor until smooth
  5. Now time to BBQ your skewers for 4-5 minutes each side until nicely charred. Then serve straight away with your avo dip!

 

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Halloumi Kebabs

Why hallou there! If you’re wanting a soccer snack that’s cheesier than that last sentence, then give these kebabs a try. Halloumi, mushrooms and fresh vegetables combine to form a hattrick of delicious flavours – a sure-fire winner!

Line Up

  • 1 block of halloumi – cut into chunks
  • 2 courgettes – cut into slices
  • 2 red peppers – cut into chunks
  • 4 portobello mushrooms quartered or 16 button mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary (or 1 tbsp dried)

Tactics

  1. To start off create your flavoured oil which will glaze your kebabs. Mix together your olive oil, garlic, chilli flakes and rosemary
  2. Now start to build your kebabs with the chopped veg and halloumi
  3. Brush your made-up kebabs with the flavoured oil
  4. Add your kebabs to a pre-heated BBQ and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until everything is nice charred!
  5. Now they are ready to serve with any sides of your choice

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Eton Mess

How’s this for a sweet finish? Head towards full time with a pudding so elite, you could almost call it Eton Messi!

Line Up

  • 4 meringue nests
  • 500g of strawberries, washed and chopped
  • 450ml of double cream
  • 1tbsp of icing sugar

Tactics

  1. Whip your double cream and icing sugar together until it forms stiff peaks
  2. Crush up your meringues into small, chunky pieces
  3. Grab a glass or bowl and start building your meringue! Alternate between meringue, chopped strawberries and double cream until full.  

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Of course, no football feast is complete without a few ice-cold beers to wash things down with. Head to your local Costcutter to find great offers on crisp, refreshing Heineken lager. 

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