England V Belgium; A World Cup Pork Pie
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There's excitement and nerves rising ahead of Thursdays World Cup match against Belgium as we cross our fingers we continue our winning streak. Will you be watching at home or at the pub? We're planning to have a few friends round and relax in the garden pre and post match - with weather like we're enjoying this week plus the continuous buzz of the football matches, we're all in a very good mood and want to celebrate what finally feels like the beginning of Summer with friends.
We're notorious for a theme (and pork pies... of course) so we're going to be serving a platter of pork pies - mini, mini pork and pickle and snack pork pies which are hand held and the easiest to eat and a Belgian Sauce Andalouse for dipping. For drinks, we're going to have to go for a Belgian ale; our current favourite is the Duvel Belgian Golden Ale which is easy to find in Sainsbury's and a genuine product of Belgium.
If you're wanting something a little more fancy to drink and toast our team and the weather, you can make a really easy cocktail called 'Belgian 75.'
- 28ml gin
- 14ml fresh lemon juice
- 14ml simple syrup
- 142ml Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
- 230ml mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp cherry pepper – diced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes
- Add all the ingredients except the ale and shake well
- Strain and serve in a stemmed beer glass
- Pour in the ale and stir with a long cocktail stirrer
- Garnish with a lemon twist – or lime works well too if you prefer
- It’s an easy recipe for your sauce (we wanted to give you a quick one for making before the game!) so just take all your ingredients and mix them together well – if you want to slightly customise the recipe, add in some basil for extra flavour.
Both of these recipes are ideal for making for the World Cup football – since Thursday’s game begins at 7pm, there’s not much time to get home from work and settle down for a World Cup Pork Pie pre game, so, we thought we’d give you quick ideas to throw together a nice football night in. Your guests will assume you’ve spent lots of time and effort preparing – we won’t tell them your secret! Get your pack of pork pies at your nearest stockist (if you’re unsure of where that is, check out our Pie Locator) – sauce Andalouse is traditionally eaten with Belgian french fries but is also popular on meat and poultry, so is ideal to give a Belgian twist on our Yorkshire pork pies.