Monday, 8 September 2014

World Cup Final- Germany v Argentina 13/7/14

So for the World Cup final I cooked Bratwurst, German Fried Potatoes and (Argentinian) Grilled Vegetables.

Bratwurst was from Tesco.  Instructions said to grill or fry but I had to cook them in the oven due to grill capacity.

Grilled Vegetables: Remarkably similar to the oven roast veggies I frequently cook.  I'm not really sure what made them Argentinian.

German-Style Fried Potatoes (from

Ingredients (I did about half this):
4 pounds unpeeled medium-size red-skinned potatoes
4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons malt vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
6 tablespoons lard, rendered bacon fat, or olive oil, divided
Coarse kosher salt
6 tablespoons lager beer, divided
2 1/2 cups finely chopped red onions, divided
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives or green onions (green parts only)


Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender when pierced with sharp knife, about 25 minutes. Drain. Refrigerate potatoes overnight.

Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes (do not peel). Whisk oil, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl to blend for vinaigrette. Heat 3 tablespoons lard in each of 2 large nonstick skillets over medium-high heat. Add half of potatoes to each skillet; sprinkle with coarse salt. Sauté until potatoes begin to brown, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons beer, then 1 1/4 cups red onions to potatoes in each skillet; cook until beer evaporates, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and sauté until potatoes are brown around edges, about 5 minutes. Pour half of vinaigrette over potatoes in each skillet and toss to coat. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer all potatoes to large bowl. Sprinkle with chives.

These were quite nice but I'm not sure they were worth the effort.  Germany should have won 2-1 (Bratwurst and potatoes v grilled veggies) but 1-0 was close enough to my culinary prediction for me to be happy.

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