Every four years, viewers around the globe tune in to see what country will emerge triumphant in the World Cup. This year’s final game pits Croatia against France. While both nations are clearly great at soccer, they’re even better at food. If you’re looking to serve up some thematically appropriate nibbles during your World Cup viewing party and impress your guest with your worldly cooking abilities, then look no further. Even those who don’t care one bit about sports will be so distracted by the deliciousness of a plate of macarons and povitica to even notice the score. You’ll emerge the true winner, no matter what the outcome.
If you’re rooting for France:
Crêpes are a staple of French cuisine and should be an integral part of your World Cup viewing party, whether you’re rooting for France or not. The ultra-thin pancakes can be served sweet or savory. So stack them high and fill them with everything from Nutella to brie. You will not be disappointed! Get our Basic Crêpes recipe.
French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache
The cookie most associated with France might look dainty and sophisticated, but it’ll have you drooling like a kid in candy, err pastry, shop. A platter of these instantly Instagrammable desserts will win over all your guests, especially if you’re ambitious enough to go the homemade route. Get our French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache recipe.
Steak au Poivre (Peppercorn Steak)
If you really want to impress the carnivores in your life, try your hand at steak au poivre. Take a ribeye (or a filet mignon, if you’re feeling really fancy) and encrust it with peppercorn for a hearty and satisfying dinner. Get our Steak au Poivre (Peppercorn Steak) recipe.
Baked Escargot in Mushroom Caps
Escargot gets a bad rap. Slimy at its worst and snobby at its best—only you can prove both reputations wrong by feeding your guests this snail-based recipe. Get our Baked Escargot in Mushroom Caps recipe.
If you’re rooting for Croatia:
This gorgeous-looking dish gets its dark color from the black ink of a cuttlefish. Top with an octopus for a seafood feast for all the senses. Get this Black Risotto recipe.
This doughy, cheesy recipe is a staple of Croatian cuisine—one that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Get this Zagorski Štrukli recipe.
These stuffed cabbage leaves may take a while to make, but the result is worth it, especially if you want to fill your home with the aroma of ham and sauerkraut. Get this Sarma recipe.
This extravagant swirl bread is truly a work of art. Maybe you’ve seen it featured on the “Great British Baking Show,” where contestants struggled to get the proportions just right. Take all the time you need at home to construct this monster of a loaf. We swear it’ll be worth the effort just to see reactions from your guests. Get ths Povitica recipe.
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