By Rebecca Longshore
June 18, 2014

If you’re watching the USA take on Portugal this Sunday, June 22 in the World Cup, make a party out of the day and serve up these dishes inspired by each country. From sweet cakes, to spicy sides, and classic entrees, we’ve got you covered. Get cooking and tune in on Sunday!



Buckwheat Belgian Waffles

Suitable for the early game of Belgium vs. Russia at 12:00 PM EST on ABC, we have a play on brunch featuring sweet cakes. Representing Belgium, we have light and fluffy Buckwheat Belgian Waffles crisped to perfection on the outside. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, fruit or any topping you like.



Sour Cream Babka

And for Russia, we have Sour Cream Babka, sweet enriched yeast bread with dried fruits and nuts sprinkled throughout. This soft and moist cake is finished with an almond icing. Serve with black coffee to mellow out the sweetness from the bread.



Kimchi-Style Cabbage

We have a battle of the sides during the 3:00 PM EST game, Korea Republic vs. Algeria on ABC. For our first side, we have a Kimchi-Style Cabbage representing Korea Republic. This national staple traditionally is fermented underground in jars for months at a time. Although the time is shortened in this recipe to a week, go ahead and make now so it’s ready for Sunday.



Saffron Couscous

Next, representing Algeria we have the national dish, couscous. Here it is served with saffron and caramelized onions for a vibrant aroma and flavor.




Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots

And finally, for the match you’ve all been waiting for, the United States takes on Portugal at 6:00 PM EST on ESPN. Now it’s a showdown of the mains. Representing USA we have incredible Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots. Serve this American staple with these easy classic fries.



Portuguese Sardine and Potato Salad with Arugula

And representing Portugal, we have a lighter main dish, Portuguese Sardine and Potato Salad with Arugula. With fresh sardines, and peppery arugula, you can serve this fresh dish in smaller potions as the appetizer to your American dish.


We’ll be back with more throughout the World Cup 2014. Stay tuned and like us on Facebook and Twitter for more great recipes and ideas.