World Cup Menu Series: Part 4

It is possible to settle down for the World Cup with friends, without racking up the POINTS® values.
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From past glories to future prospects, Netherlands, Japan, Greece and Portugal are a mixed bag with one thing in common – great dishes to call their own.

The following dishes are all easy to prepare, so if you're entertaining, or simply want some inspiration while watching the soccer, take note of these tasty options.

Greek flag Greece were hoping to put their recent economic woes behind them in support of the football team, and after their shock win at the Euro finals in 2004, only a fool would have written them off. The team's dream was not to be, but you can still enjoy the refreshing saltiness of this great zucchini dish, enhanced with creamy feta.
Dutch flag The orange men of Netherlands have never won the World Cup and have struggled in recent campaigns, but teams underestimate them at their peril. With legends like Marco Van Basten and Johan Cruyf long past, the Dutch are still hunting for someone to step into their shoes. Famed for gouda and edam cheeses, lighten up proceedings with a classic Dutch mussels dish.

Japanese flag After an excellent showing on home soil in 2002 when they made it through to the knockout rounds, and having won three out of the five previous Asian Cups, Japan might just have a trick or two up their sleeve. Few dishes says Japanese more than sushi, which is healthy and light, but can take a little mastering. Try a simple noodle dish instead.

Port flag Finalists at Euro 2004 and semi-finalists at the World Cup in 2006, Portugal’s best result remains their third-place finish at their first World Cup in 1966, which England won. But this year, with some serious talent, they’re hotly-tipped to push hard. The Portuguese are lovers of simple grilled fish lightly sauced with lemon and olive oil, so try this flavorful trout recipe.

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