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10 Royal Recipes for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Feast

April  4, 2014

We have a confession to make. For all our talk of warm-weather eating, we’re about to break our cardinal food rule: forget those sunny pastas and springtime veggies -- this weekend, we feast like winter is coming. Because if there’s any excuse to part with your seasonal sensibility, it’s a Game of Thrones premiere.

After the Red Wedding last summer, there’s no telling what might happen. Invasion from the north? Revenge of the Starks? (Okay, definitely revenge.) Whatever lies ahead, you can’t face it on an empty stomach, so we rounded up the essential dishes for a Westeros-worthy feast. From Tyrion’s leg of lamb to Cersei’s chestnut stew, our menu draws inspiration from across the continent -- but in true King’s Landing fashion, it is an epic, take-no-prisoners spread. Start with bread and salt for your guests, and then dig in. It’s going to be a night to remember. 

House Liddle
Yogurt Bread with Molasses by Marian Bull
“When there was a Stark at Winterfell…travelers could find fire, bread, and salt at many an inn and holdfast. But the nights are colder now, and doors are closed.” - The Liddle, A Storm of Swords

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The Wall | Anne Willan's Ypocras (Spiced Wine) by Genius Recipes
“The Old Bear was particular about his hot spiced wine. So much cinnamon and so much nutmeg and so much honey, not a drop more. Raisins and nuts and dried berries, but no lemon, that was the rankest sort of southron heresy.” - A Clash of Kings

King's Landing | Chestnut and Chickpea Soup by Emiko
“Cersei set a tasty table, that could not be denied. They started with a creamy chestnut soup, crusty hot bread, and greens dressed with apples and pine nuts.” - A Clash of Kings


Tower of the HandRadish and Pecan Grain Salad by Amanda Hesser
“This evening they had supped on oxtail soup [and] summer greens tossed with pecans, grapes, red fennel, and crumbled cheese...Lord Janos allowed that he had never eaten half so well.” - A Clash of Kings


The Eyrie | Abbacchio al Forno (Roast Lamb with Potatoes) by Emiko
“A leg of lamb would be nice…Perhaps a dish of peas and onions, some fresh baked bread with butter, and a flagon of mulled wine to wash it down. Or beer, if that’s easier. I try not to be overly particular.” - Tyrion, A Game of Thrones


WinterfellBalsamic-Roasted Shallots by Kenzi Wilbur
“[Ben Stark] snagged a roasted onion, dripping brown with gravy, from a nearby trencher and bit into it. It crunched.” - A Game of Thrones


King's Landing | Apples Baked in Cider by Sally
“Later came sweetbread and pigeon pie and baked apples fragrant with cinnamon.” - A Game of Thrones 


Red Wedding, The TwinsAmericano by Erik Lombardo
“Then the steel was at her throat, and its bite was red and cold.” - A Storm of Swords 

King's Landing | Aunt Mariah's Lemon Sponge Cups by ENunn
“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

The Reach | Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie by Genius Recipes
“Sam loved…to play in the castle kitchen beside the cooks, drinking in the rich smells as he snitched lemon cakes and blueberry tarts.” - A Game of Thrones 



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Zoë E. June 27, 2016
Love this, the apples baked in Cider do it for me!

We attempted our own little GOT feast ahead of the season finale and would love for you to check it out.

Astrid V. April 5, 2014
If you invite Theon, avoid sausages. If you invite King Robert, avoid wild boar. If you invite the Kingslayer, avoid pig's trotters.
Astrid V. April 5, 2014
If you invite the Hound, avoid flambeed bananas.
Veganosity April 5, 2014
First off, I am soooo excited for Game of Thrones that I might pass out when that map shows up on the screen and the music starts playing! I'm not kidding. For this spectacular even I'm making some delicious Balsamic Roasted Brussels sprouts (http://www.veganosity.com/food/balsamic-roasted-brussels-sprouts-and-red-wine-spritzer-tgif/) and making a Red Wine Sprtizer (channeling my inner Cersei). Can't wait!
Lisa S. April 5, 2014
I like the way you think!
cucina D. April 5, 2014
I love this article! Huge fan and follower of Game of Thrones and this feature is a great inspiration to me and my husband to eat like the kings and queens in this favorite story... I will soon be making the Spiced Wine, Yogurt Bread with Molasses and I already have a leg of lamb marinating to be roasted and served with artichokes, mushrooms and potatoes. Grazie tante!
Lisa S. April 5, 2014
Thanks, cucina di mammina. That lamb sounds delicious!
liz A. April 4, 2014
thank youu lisa

the spiced wine will happen
Lisa S. April 5, 2014
Let us know how it goes, LizAgnes!
iwilk April 4, 2014
I was concocting my own menu for this weekend. This is much better than what I had in mind! Glad I didn't see horses heart anywhere on the list ;-)
Lisa S. April 5, 2014
We were tempted...
EmFraiche April 4, 2014
George RR Martin definitely has a food obsession. Not a bad thing. =)
Lisa S. April 5, 2014
You can't have high fantasy without great food, right?
Panfusine April 4, 2014
Those Balsamic roasted shallots are making me weak in the knees!
Tammy W. April 4, 2014
I want to make each and every one of these for the day! Thanks for putting together simply awesome fare!
LeeLeeBee April 4, 2014
This. This is, quite possibly, the best thing ever. Thank you for picking dishes that were actually mentioned! :)