The wait is finally over — season five of Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. on HBO. It's time to indulge in the drama, and since revenge is a dish best served cold, it's only fitting to feast on some great medieval dishes ourselves.
Based on the seven-book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is full of tales of greed, lust, love, violence, and of course, food.
Call over your closest friends and serve up some grub for a viewing party to celebrate like you are in Westeros. Here are the best Game of Thrones-inspired recipes to munch on during the season five premiere.
Cersei's Spinach Salad With Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta (and Bacon)
This is a salad fit for the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. In A Clash of Kings, there is that scene where Cersei serves a salad with apples and pine nuts. Make your own Cersei's Salad With Sweet-Spicy Nuts and Apples by combining 16-ounces of baby spinach in a bowl with 1/2 small red onion, 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese, 1 cup of dried cranberries and 1 to 2 apples sliced thin. You can also add slices of applewood smoked bacon, cooked and chopped.
To make the sweet-spicy nuts, toast 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes. Place 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, a pinch of cayenne and salt in a skillet and cook on low. Toss in the nuts, let cool and add to salad. Serve with red wine vinaigrette.
If you have read the books, you might remember that part where Jon reached out to tear off the leg of a honeyed chicken placed at the center of the table. "He knifed the bird whole and let the carcass slide to the floor between his legs. Ghost ripped into it in savage silence."
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Make your own Honeyed Chicken by rubbing a whole chicken with olive oil, butter and salt and roasting it in the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for and hour until the meat is no longer pink. As the chicken cooks, combine 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup of honey, a dash of mint, a handful of raisins and 1 tbsp of butter in a saucepan and simmer, pouring the sauce over the chicken when finished.
Baratheon Boar Ribs
King Robert demands his hearty meal be ready for him and his knights in chapter eight of A Game of Thrones. You can make your own Baratheon Boar Rib recipe by using pork ribs and serving them with a side of mashed potatoes.
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Cook 1 fennel bulb with the core and brown removed with a chopped apple in 1/2 cup of white wine for 20 minutes. When soft, add in 1 tbsp of butter, 1/2 tsp of caraway seeds, a dash of salt and pepper and 1/2 cup of sour cream. In a skillet, heat vegetable oil, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 tbsp of minced onion, 1 chopped apple and 2 tsp of dried rosemary for two minutes, adding in 1/2 cup of bread crumbs. Fill the mixture in the pockets of the chops and grill for about 15 minutes per side. Pour on some fennel sauce and serve.
Old Bear's Hot Spiced Wine
"The Old Bear was particular about his hot spiced wine." — A Clash of Kings
Drink as they do on The Wall with Old Bear's Hot Spiced Wine recipe. To make this wine, bring one bottle of Cabernet inexpensive red wine and 1/2 cup of honey to a simmer. You might had to add in more honey for desired sweetness, but remove from heat and stir in 1 tbsp of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and nutmeg. Then, add in raisins, cranberries and almonds and serve in a goblet.
Warming Wall Barley and Mushroom Soup
Okay, it's springtime, but you can still pretend it's cold outside while protecting The Wall. You will need your strength to keep those white walkers away, so why not serve up some Warming Barley and Mushroom Soup? It's vegetarian friendly, so Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister) would approve!
To make this barley and mushroom soup, place 1 1/2 dried mushrooms in a bowl and add in 1/4 cup of white wine, cognac or hot water and let it sit for an hour. In a large pot, melt 2 tbsp of vegan margarine, 1 medium diced onion, 1 diced celery stick, 1 medium chopped carrot and 1/2 tsp of thyme. Stir and add fresh mushroom, followed by the mushroom broth, bringing it to a boil and let it cook for 15 minutes. Add in 1 cup of barley and stir. Cook for another 15 minutes, adding in salt and pepper to taste.
Medieval Dornish Cream Cakes
If you have a sweet tooth, then these Medieval Dornish Cream Cakes are for you. Made with a custard filling, these little cakes will have you going back for seconds and thirds. To make the Dornish cakes, combine 3 cups of flour and 1 cup of sugar. Put a drop of yellow food coloring in 1/4 cup of warm water and add this to the mix. Roll out the dough mix, press in 2-inch round pieces into a mini muffin pan. Bake for only 5 minutes at 350 degrees Farenheit and cool.
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To make the cream filing, combine 2 cups of cream and 1 egg in a saucepan. Separately beat 3 eggs and pour in 1 cup of the cream. Pour the whole mix back into the pot, adding in a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom, 1 tsp of rose water and 1/2 stick of butter. When the mix is thick, remove and cool. Spoon the filling into the crust shell and sprinkle with sugar and crushed pistachios or your favorite fruit.
"Sansa was so stuffed that she could not manage more than two little lemon cakes, as much as she loved them." — A Game of Thrones
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