13 'Game of Thrones'–Inspired Recipes to Make for the Premiere

Dinner is coming.

April 10, 2019
Photo by Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO

Spoiler alert! If you're about to read this and haven't finished season seven of Game of Thrones, stop here and go do that—right now.

I can't believe I'm about to admit this, but I almost forgot about Game of Thrones. Yes, the White Walker–ified dragon; Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's creepy yet weirdly romantic, below-deck rendezvous; and the fact that winter is finally coming had all but mentally disappeared since the latest episode aired nearly two years ago.

That is, until January, when HBO dropped the first real teaser for the upcoming final season.

From the moment I heard the first notes of the show's iconic theme song, my obsession was reignited as if by the Lord of Light himself. So I spent the past two weekends catching myself up. (I didn't start from the beginning because 1) even I don't have time for that and 2) I never need to relive the Red Wedding ever again.)

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“I’m making a Chicken Cider Pie. It’s loosely based on a medieval recipe but has been updated. It’s the decoration that will up my pie “game”. ”
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And with just a few days to go before the season eight premiere and the impending Great War fresh in my mind, the only thing I'm thinking about now is what I'm going to eat while glued in front of the television.

Since it's already fairly obvious that I'm the type to throw a party for this type of thing, I can't just whip up Martha Stewart's one-pan pasta or coconut-lime pork tacos. Even though I don't plan on roasting game over a fire pit or gutting eels for lamprey pie, I'll be making a few dishes that at least feel reminiscent of the show's vaguely medieval/early modern time period or have a connection to certain characters. I also plan on wrapping myself in this sheepskin to, you know, really get in the mood.

From Sansa Stark's favorite lemon cake to Tyrion Lannister's go-to mulled wine, here are all of the foods you should make for the Game of Thrones season eight premiere on April 14.

Dinner is Coming

1. One-Skillet Sausage, Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions

If you remember Ramsay Bolton's appetite for sausage (too soon?), you may not even want to go near this one-skillet sausage, peppers, potatoes, and onions. But if that episode is out of sight, out of mind, it makes a savory and simple dish for a crowd.

2. Spiced Lamb Pie

This spiced lamb pie—with its layer of cheddar cheese and rich butter crust—would feel right at home during a feast in Westeros, from King's Landing all the way to the Riverlands.

3. Lemon Velvet Sheet Cake

Although Sansa Stark's favorite lemon cakes are small, bite-size affairs, we'd wager a bet that this lemon velvet sheet cake tastes just as sweet.

4. Smoky Seafood Fideos

You might find this flavorful seafood pasta (fideos is a type of Spanish broken pasta), which is packed with shrimp, squid, clams, and mussels, in the port city of Braavos or even in Dorne, in the southernmost part of Westeros.

5. Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

"Everything’s better with some wine in the belly," says Tyrion Lannister. (I couldn't agree more.) It's even better, though, when the wine is mulled with warm spices, pomegranate juice, and honey.

6. Rib Roast of Beef

King Robert Baratheon (RIP) would have surely loved this succulent, showstopping rib roast. But a perfectly cooked piece of meat wouldn't be enough for the notoriously insatiable king, so throw in some roasted potatoes and oat bread for good measure.

7. Roasted Apple & Fennel Salad

With all of the meat and potatoes on this list (they don't exactly have Amazon Fresh in the Seven Kingdoms), lighten things up with this roasted apple and fennel salad, which calls on herbs and lemon to keep everything bright and zingy.

8. Maple-Braised Rabbit And Carrots

This hearty maple-braised rabbit and carrots would be welcomed with wide open mouths on the Wall, where crusty bread and slimy stew is the norm.

9. No-Knead Peasant Bread

I imagine the lovable Hot Pie happily making batch after batch of this fluffy loaf at the Inn at the Crossroads. Luckily, you don't need to be an expert baker to pull off this recipe—it's no-knead and ready in under two hours.

10. Whole Baked Fish in Sea Salt with Parsley Gremolata

Feel like you're dining in the Iron Islands with this whole baked fish in sea salt, a recipe the Greyjoys might enjoy around a loving family table—in another universe.

11. Roast Chicken with Garlic and Bread

It's hard to imagine a Game of Thrones feast without some type of roast chicken. This recipe is a favorite for its ease and flavor, which comes from rosemary, thyme, lemon, and more than two heads of garlic.

12. Apples Baked in Cider

You'll find baked apples at most feasts in the Game of Thrones universe, but they were especially popular at celebrations in King's Landing, making them the perfect (not to mention easiest) watch-party dessert.

13. Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night

Winter may technically be over, but in Westeros (and beyond) it's kicking into dangerously high gear. The best thing to stave off a chill, even if it's just your air conditioning? This cozy lentil and sausage soup.

What will you be cooking up for the Game of Thrones season eight premiere? Tell us in the comments below!

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KitchAnnette |. April 16, 2019
Well my contribution to the Game of Thrones excitement is Game of CONES! Sweet & Savory Pizzelles! Woo hoo!
Lisa E. April 14, 2019
I’m making a Chicken Cider Pie. It’s loosely based on a medieval recipe but has been updated. It’s the decoration that will up my pie “game”.
annabelle April 13, 2019
I was just thinking about this!! Read my mind! Already decided on roast chicken - but I’ll make the bread and garlic version you suggested
Tim April 10, 2019
Sandor Clegane is upset you didn't mention every f****** chicken.
Erin A. April 10, 2019
My sincerest apologies to The Hound.