Sunday, 18 May 2014

Food & Football

So last night my husband's football club Arsenal was in the final of the FA cup. It was a tense night, the team hadn't won a a cup or premiership in 8 years and the fans as well as my favourite Frenchman, Arsene Wenger, need a championship! The score was 2-2 at full time and then went into 30 minutes overtime to keep up us on our toes. To make the night a little more fun, I made some 'game day' snacks for the unnerving few hours to calm our bellies. I made a creamy dip, cheesy garlic bread and some sweet tortilla roll-ups. Here are the very easy recipes for your next big sports night!

Creamy Dip:

3/4 tub of light Philadelphia cheese
1/2 tub sour cream
1/2 tsp ranch dressing mix (dry spices)
pinch of paprika
1/2 tin of sweet corn

Mix all of the ingredients, sprinkle with a little extra paprika and refrigerate before serving.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

1 country style (wide and flat) loaf, halved length ways (only use the bottom half)
1/2 C mayonnaise
1/4 C thick labneh (if you cant find this you can use cream cheese or a thick greek yoghurt)
1/3 yellow cheddar grated
1/4 parmesan cheese grated
1 small garlic clove, minced
handful of spring onion to top

Mix the mayonnaise, labneh, cheeses and garlic together to make a paste.
Cut thick slits in the bread.
Spread over the cheese mixture on top as well as into the slits you made previously.
Wrap in foil, making sure the top does not touch the mixture and bake in a 180C oven for 15 mins, then open the foil and allow the top to crisp up for another 5-10 minutes or until it become golden and crunchy. 
Cut through slices, sprinkle over the spring onion and serve immediately. 

Sweet Tortilla Roll-Ups

Tortilla bread

Lay the bread flat and spread a layer of nutella over leaving a 2cm gap within the border.
Roughly mash the banana and spread over nutella. 
Roll up like you would a wrap, extra tight and then place 5 toothpicks evening into the roll. 
Cut into portions and serve. 
*Note that one banana will be enough for one medium size tortilla. I used 2 tortillas in total. In this first attempt I cut the banana raher than mashing and it tended to fall out easily, so mashing is definitely the way to go. 

Oh, and Arsenal won!!