Are you as obsessed with the Olympics as we are? We've been staying up way too late watching because, well, olympics! I remember as a kid being so upset when my parents sent me to bed and I couldn't watch. I even (kind of) watched through my window on the neighbor's T.V. when I was supposed to be sleeping. My favorite events to watch are equestrian and gymnastics but swimming has been pretty exciting too. So, naturally, I decided I needed to add food!
It took me a long time to figure out what to make. I saw a lot of recipes for things that were olympic colors--like ring cookies with colored frosting--and I was just like eh. It wasn't cool enough, you know? Then I decided to switch gears and started checking out Brazilian food. Whoa. I mean, I spent my 16th birthday there for a family wedding but I hadn't had most of these foods and they looked awesome. So, here's what I made for our Olympics food party (for two people, ha!). . .
First, I knew I really wanted to make empanadas but they had to be good. Sometimes I find them lacking in flavor and therefore excitement. So, when I saw that Jenna had a recipe for empanadas I knew I'd scored. The only thing I changed was the filling for the above reasons. I added beans, corn, and chorizo--some of my favorite things. I'm super happy with how they turned out. I accidentally (or perhaps am unconsciously genius-ly) and made too much filling so I had to double the recipe and now have a batch in the freezer too. I'm not upset about it.
Then, I found these. Cheese bread? My favorite! I remember when my mom used to buy a cheese bread loaf. We would toast it and then top with butter--the BEST. So, Brazilian + cheese bread = happening. When we baked them, it was like a thin layer of bread on the outside with a whole ton of doughy cheese on the inside. I made them from frozen so I'm not sure how they would have cooked if I hadn't frozen them first. Either way, if you like cheese, I highly recommend them!
Next, I found these. Chocolate truffles? Yes. Chocolate truffles with sprinkles? Heck yes. Plus, I found a red, white, and blue sprinkle mixture at the store and knew I had a winner. How cute are these? They were easy and I think they look great. David says they're too sweet but is that a thing?
I also made this acai chia pudding. I didn't let it set up long enough before freezing so, fail. But, I love the idea of basically making a smoothie and then turning it into chia pudding so I'm going to have to try this again for real.
Okay, there is ONE thing I made olympics colored, which is obviously these fruit rings. Y'all know I'm a sucker for fruit and I wanted to make at least one thing that was somewhat healthy. I found vanilla marscapone at the store and knew I had the perfect fruit dip. Mad props to this blogger for making something delicious, healthy, and way more exciting than olympic colored cookies.
Because I can't contain myself, I also made a Brazilian themed lunch the next day. I filmed all of this on Snapchat the other day and a friend was like uhhh how many people are coming for your food party? uhm, no one, ha! It was just for us but I love quality leftovers! So, for lunch I made this banana cake.
Plus, I made this sandwich, which doesn't seem that Brazilian (then again, I know nothing about Brazilian food and the internet could be trolling me on all of this) but it was an easy and delicious lunch!
Okay, I swear there's only one more thing. So, in my (obsessive) research, I kept coming across this soda. Apparently it's really popular in Brazil and the reviews were amazing. People were even like "yea, I order this soda online because I can't get it near me and it's amazing." Naturally, I had to order it on Amazon! (I just love Amazon.) We aren't really soda people (as you can probably tell) so we had just a bit and plan on sharing the rest with other people. As David said, I wouldn't say it was amazing but it did have a fun, unique flavor closest to cherry soda.
That's a wrap! Are you making anything for your olympics viewing?