FIFA's 2014 World Cup has lived up to its global reputation as one of the premiere sporting events, and Team USA is fighting beyond expectations. From a nail-biting win against past World Cup foil Ghana to a heart-wrenching draw against Portugal and international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the United States has proved its mettle against top competition in trying conditions (the 84 degree, 70 percent humidity conditions at Sunday’s match versus Portugal in Manaus, Brazil prompted the World Cup’s first-ever water break). Now, the squad faces its toughest competition from Group G (the “Group of Death”): Die Mannschaft—Germany—with a chance to break through to the knockout round.
Led by forward Thomas Müller, who scored a hat trick against Portugal in his team's World Cup opener, Germany is an indomitable force—which is why USMNT fans need to lift their “I Believe That We Will Win” chants, even 3,800 miles away from Arena Pernambuco, the location of Thursday’s match. To help get in the World Cup spirit for the noon kickoff, we have a few recipes to show our solidarity with the Yanks, the American Outlaws and host country Brazil. Enjoy and repeat: “I Believe That We Will Win.”
To start, we salute Brazil with recipes from the host country, utilizing ingredients that are wholly Brazilian.
Breakfast of Champions
More widely known as cassava, mandioca is a a stale crop indigenous to northern Brazil and a major staple crop across the globe. When ground to a pulp and dried, the root creates manioc flour used for all types of dishes. Here, we are serving tapioca, which is essentially tortilla or crepe served buttered or, in our case, rolled and filled with cheese.
- 1/3 cup manioc starch
- 2 tbsp. water
- Butter (room temperature)
- Shredded cheese
- Place starch in a bowl and sprinkle water on top. Hand mix so the starch gets wet (though not liquidy), forming a granular texture.
- Heat a small nonstick skillet (not greased) to medium-high heat. Transfer the wet starch to a sieve, then press the starch through the sieve over the skillet, creating a uniform disc. Heat until the starch binds—about 20 seconds—flip and heat briefly on the other side (10-15 seconds); remove and place on plate*.
- Once on the plate, butter both sides, fill with shredded cheese, fold or roll and place back in the skillet to melt the cheese. Remove from heat and serve.
*The aim is to fuse the starchy tapioca granules while cooking, being carful not to burn or brown the tortilla. Cooking is quick, around 30 seconds; then flip to heat and finish the fusing evenly.
Party Brazil-style with World Cup host’s official cocktail, the Caipirinha. Utilizing rum’s spirited cousin and Brazil’s official liquor, cachaça, a spirit distilled from fresh sugarcane juice, this sip is a tropical must for not only the World Cup but also the summer in general.
- 1 1/2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
- 1 half lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 2 tsp. sugar
Place lime and sugar in an Old Fashioned glass; muddle. Fill glass with ice and Cachaça.
*For a lighte version, substitute the Old Fashioned for a Collins glass and top with club soda.
Go to page two for a toast to Team USA and an all-American hot dog recipe.