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Friday Night Snacks: 5 Quick Footy Nibbles

When the footy season rolls around, you might accidentally find yourself with a house full of people (friends, hopefully) who need a feed. During this time, you’ll need to whip up something simple that your mates can nibble on that’ll fill them up during the game and pair well with whatever beer they’re drinking.

We’ve rustled up five quick recipes for game day snacks, so that you’re never caught off-side again.

Spicy Chicken Wings and Blue Cheese Dip

Serves 6 to 10 people

For the wings:
24 chicken wings
1 tbsp salt
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1.5 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp ground pepper
2 tbsp plain flour
Vegetable oil
75g butter
100mL ketchup
50mL hot sauce
50mL Worcestershire sauce

For the blue cheese dip:

150g blue cheese
125g sour cream
125g mayonnaise
2 crushed garlic cloves

Take the salt, pepper, onion powder and flour and coat the wings. Dust them off and fry them in vegetable oil in a large frypan for about 3 minutes each side. Be careful not to burn the powder. Drain the oil and let them rest.

Then combine the butter, garlic, hot sauce, Worcestershire and ketchup and mix them together. Toss the wings in this sauce and let them marinate for a few hours.

Just before the wings are ready to be cooked, mix all the dip ingredients in a blender and blend into a dipping sauce. Make sure the mixture is warm so that the cheese melts into the dip. Take the marinated chicken and bake them at 180ºC for 10 minutes until cooked through. Then serve!

This is a chicken wing recipe with strong flavour. The spice from the sauce cuts through the blue cheese, with strong tomato-y, garlicy flavours permeating the whole thing. We’d recommend pairing these flavours with a beer with a bit of extra hoppy bitterness. So, if you’re mates are on the IPAs, like Thunder Road IPA, this is the perfect dish to serve.

Seven Layer Dip

Serves 6 to 10 people

1 can refried beans
Taco seasoning
150g sour cream
150g pre-made guacamole
150g salsa
¼ head of lettuce, chopped
300g cheddar cheese
1 jar olives
150g tomatoes
Corn chips

This is a recipe for people that don’t really like cooking that much. Once you have the ingredients together you can just layer them in a dish. Go with beans then sour cream, then guac, then salsa, then lettuce, then cheese, then olives, then tomatoes. Boom, you’re done.

Since this mostly takes from classic Mexican flavours, it’s perfect for when your mate brings over some Mexican style beer like Seis Hermanos Lager. Take a sip, then dip a chip.

Cocktail Meatballs

Serves 6 to 10 people

For the meatballs:

50g chopped parsley
½ finely minced onion
500g ground beef
250g ground pork
60mL buttermilk
50g breadcrumbs
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 tbsp chopped oregano
1½ tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
4 egg yolks 100g grated parmesan
1tsp anchovy paste
1tsp Worcestershire sauce

For the sauce:

Sweet jam (of your choice)
Chili paste

To make perfect meatballs, mix the herbs and the onion together with buttermilk and bread. Add the garlic, oregano, pepper and salt and mix into a paste. Then add the egg yolks and the meats and mix with your hands until they combine. Add the anchovy paste, Worcestershire and parmesan (for a meatier ball) and mix until thoroughly combined. Then shape your meatballs and bake them at 200ºC for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

Make your sauce (mix equal parts jam and paste) and simmer your meatballs in it for 45 minutes. Serve with toothpicks and pair with a balanced and refreshing dark ale, like Coopers Dark Ale. The strong meat flavours will be offset by the maltiness of an ale with just enough hoppiness to complement the spice.

Devilled Eggs

Serves 6 to 10 people

12 eggs
2.5 tbsp mayonnaise
1.5 tsp grain mustard
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp paprika

Here’s another deliciously simple recipe that produces super moreish results. Steam your eggs for 15 minutes until they are hard boiled. Cut each in half and separate the hard yolks from the whites (but keep them intact). Mix in your mayo, vinegar, mustard, onion powder and celery salt. If you’re feeling fancy, add the mixture to a piping bag and pipe it back into your whites. Dust them with paprika and serve.

Devilled eggs are sweet and creamy. So, they require a lighter tasting beer that will complement the sweetness. Pair them with a beer with a bit of sweetness, like Nomad South Pacific Dream to cut through the earthiness of the eggs.

Spanakopita

Serves 6 to 10 people

Butter
1 bag of spinach
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 tbsp chopped dill
100g feta cheese
Egg yolks
Filo dough sheets

Here’s something that looks impressive but is shockingly easy to prepare. Sautée the spinach in butter with the crushed garlic until it wilts and the garlic is blonde. When it’s finished, chop the mixture finely and add the dill and feta, making sure to season everything to taste.

Take two layers of filo dough and lay them flat before cutting them into 7cm wide and 30cm long strips. Then add a good spoonful of the mixture to the end of the strip and fold the pastry in a triangle shape (like a flag), until you have little triangles of spanakopita. Brush them with yolk and bake them at 180ºC for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Spanakopita is garlicy and creamy. To offset the buttery pastry and slight sourness of the feta, pair it with a strong fruity pale ale, like Brewmanity Social Beast. The stronger hop flavours balance the richness, and the fruity bitterness reacts to the sour cheese and produces an explosion of deliciousness in your mouth. Trust us.

So, no matter what your cooking skill level is, and where your beer tastes lie, there’s a dish out there for game day. Fair warning though, when it’s your turn to have mates over to watch the footy, if you bring out any of these, they might be too distracted by the food to actually watch the game.

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