World Cup Brunch - Italian & French food ideas?
So I'm having about 15 people over on Sunday to watch the finals.
At the time of the invite the premise was the food served would be from the two remaining countries. So we might have been eating sausage from Portugal or brats from Bavaria. As it turns out, France vs. Italy is not a bad foodie final. Being an informal affair, I was thinking of dishes easy to share... and since the game is around lunchtime - we could do both brekkie/brunch items or more standard entrees.
Any creative suggestions for things to serve? We're in Ariz. summer so I'm not keen on simmering beef bourgogne for hours. Drink ideas would be cool as well. Maybe in 4 years I'll do it again and invite those who reply (though we'll be eating English food, one hopes - for the team that is). Thanks!
I like this idea of Italy vs. France...
Caprese (it's even the Italian colors) vs. Salad Nicoise
Fritto Misto (say eggplant and zucchini) vs. Pommes Frites
Frittata vs. Omelette (or Baked Eggs in Cream)
Prosciutto w/ figs vs. Ham and Gruyere on Toasts
Bellinis vs. Kir Royales
Biscotti vs. Langues des Chats/Palmiers/etc.
Gelato vs. Creme Glacee
Crostata vs. Tarte
You could do a French vs. Italian cheese contest. Yum! Everyone's a winner in that one, I think.
Now that I think of it, you could do lots of French vs. Italian comparison dishes and see who comes out on top (as opposed to who comes out on top in the game).
Mozzarella vs. Brie
Cream Puffs vs. Tiramisu
Beef bouguignone vs. Osso bucco (I know, no simmering for hours)
Baguettes vs. foccacia
Champagne vs. Prosecco
You get the idea...I'm not well versed enough in either cuisine to come up with more complicated comparisons