Here’s a little menu for your World Cup Semifinal Round 2 enjoyment – a culturally appropriate version of the global sports viewing snack of choice (pastry filled with meat), and a little sweet battery treat.
For the Argentinians, the pastry-filled-with-meat snack comes in the form of an empanada – a gloriously golden crescent of buttery pastry filled typically with juicy minced beef.
- 2 tablespoons oil
2 spring onions
2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon sweet or smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1-2 teaspoon cumin
150ml canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons raisins, soaked in water for 30 minutes and drained
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
1/4 cup olives
1 hard boiled egg, sliced
For the pastry
- 500g flour
100g butter, cubed
water and salt
Heat oil and butter in a saucepan. Add onion and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, until translucent. Add mince, spices, tomatoes and spring onions and cook until meat browns. Stir through raisins and set aside to cool completely.
Combine flour, salt and butter and rub butter in to form breadcrumbs. Add water until forms a dough. Flatten into discs, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll into circles 10cm in diameter, about 2mm thick. Top with a couple of teaspoons of beef mixture, a piece of sliced egg and an olive. Fold over pastry gently and fold edges and gently twist. Place on prepared tray, brush with egg yolk and allow to rest in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 400F. Bake empanadas for about 25 minutes, or until golden.
Serve hot or cold with chimichurri sauce.
These cute little yeasty battery numbers are served piled up on a plate, heavily dusted in powdered sugar and drenched in your choice of salted melted butter, maple syrup, jam, whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Some recipes use self-raising flour instead of yeast. If you don’t or don’t want to use yeast, omit the yeast and use 250g self-raising flour (or add 4 teaspoons baking powder). I think yeast is more traditional and I like this flavour as it distinguishes the little Potterjtes from just little pikelets.
I actually forgot to add the eggs and these turned out fine. Will remember next time and note the difference! I’ll also experiment with 1 vs 2. I added a little melted butter to the mixture for richness.
If you don’t have buckwheat flour you can use all plain flour.
50ml water, warmed
1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
250ml milk, warmed
100g buckwheat flour
150g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 eggs, beaten
20g butter, melted
Butter or oil for frying
Icing (powdered) sugar
Maple or golden syrup, warmed
Fresh berries, compote or jam
Combine yeast with water and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside for about 10 minutes until frothy (it will take longer in cooler kitchens!).
In a separate large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
Whisk the milk and eggs into the yeast mixture. Make a whole in the centre of the flour mixture and whisk in the yeast mixture until smooth. Set aside for 45 minutes – 1 hours until bubbles form.
Heat dimpled Pofferjtes pan or cast iron frying pan (I used a frying pan and they turned out fine!). Add a tablespoon of mixture to each dimple of the pofferjtes pan. If using a frying pan, reduce this to a couple of teaspoons to get the characteristic little puffy pancake form.
And the game? Prediction c/- @RMTurner75
Costa Rica were brave, but probably were a game too far, Tim Krul’s sportsmanship has been questioned due to his antics during the penalty shootout, but Van Gaal’s late substitution proved to be genius as Krul saved two of Los Tico’s penalties to send the Dutch through. Costa Rica have been the surprise package of the tournament. Their three years of training for this tournament show that they not only deserved to win a group featuring three past World Cup winners, but they won’t be underestimated in the future.
The Argentinians have Messi. That’s almost all you need to say. He isn’t as good as he was from 2008-12, but he is still the best player left at the World Cup and probably the best player we’ve ever seen. He passes with crazy precision, keeps the ball and made a fool of three Belgium defenders, including Fellani who took three kicks to take him down in the quarter final.
Argentina Vs Netherlands is a tougher one to call, both solid teams with stars at the front. Robben has been criticised for his diving, he’s a generally unlikeable character, a one trick pony cutting onto his left foot and shooting on goal – every time he gets the ball it seems, but boy he’s good at it. Defenders must have a mantra, “cuts to left foot, cuts to left foot, don’t let him cut to left foot, damn he did it – GOAL”.. he scores goals and with RVP and Sneijer, he’s the stand out player of a very solid, well organised Oranje team.
La Albiceleste were too strong for Belgium and defended their early goal strongly. They don’t score nearly as many goals as they should when you look at their attacking players, there were worries about their defensive frailties pre WC, but again, they’ve got Lionel Messi.
He will be the difference here too. Argentina to win 2-1. Messi to score, Robben to score but Argentina to go through.