Whether you call it football or soccer, celebrating the final two matches of the World Cup should include delicious Brazilian food and drinks.

Brazil might not have made it to the final (Ouch! That epic loss to Germany!), but when it comes to full-of-flavour eats and refreshing cocktails, they are the clear winner.


We recently checked out Mata Petisco Bar in Toronto’s west end. Mata serves South American influenced shareable plates and delicious cocktails. In Brazil, petisco refers to small, shared plates of food – like tapas in Spain. During the World Cup, they are screening all of the matches; it’s a great place to get a taste of  Brazil and revel in the excitement of the World Cup final.

Felip Faccioli and Steve Fernandes of Mata shared some of their best Brazilian recipes that you can make for your World Cup final party.

Brazilian Picahna Slider with Cachaça Caramelized Onion, Spicy Mayo and Brie Cheese
Brazilian Picahna Slider
Picahna is cut of beef popular in Brazil. If you can’t find it or your butcher is unfamiliar with the name, ask for the top sirloin cap.
Click here to get the recipe for this delicious beef slider.

Shrimp Pastels
Shrimp Pastels
These crispy pockets are stuffed with creamy shrimp and cheese. They are savoury, rich and addictive! Click here to get the recipe.

Traditional Caipirinha
Caipirinha is Brazil’s signature cocktail. It’s made with cachaça, a distilled spirit from Brazil made with fresh sugarcane juice.
Click here to get the recipe for this refreshingly strong summertime drink.

Chimichurri Sauce

If you’re firing up the grill for steaks, chicken or seafood, make this simple, bright and fresh chimichurri sauce (the parsley garlic condiment that’s ubiquitous in Argentina) to serve as the perfect accompaniment. Get the recipe here.

Check out Mata Petisco Bar’s website for menu, location and contact information: www.matabar.ca.
For more on the bar’s World Cup screening schedule, check out their Facebook page.

The play-off for third place between Brazil and the Netherlands airs July 12 at 4pm ET/1pm PT.
Argentina and Germany face off in the World Cup final on July 13 at  3pm ET/12pm PT.

Viva the beautiful game!