Last Sunday in honor of the 5th Season Premier of Game of Thrones, I had a few friends over for dinner. Since I am a sucker for themed dinners, I decided the entire meal would need to be inspired by the series. After browsing Pinterest for longer than I care to admit, I settled on a menu that combined a mix of foods mentioned in the series as well as foods inspired by events in the book.
Honey Glazed Chicken
Roasted Root Vegetables
Tips & Hints
Honey Glazed Chicken: Honey glazed chicken appears in the first book when the king visits Winterfell. If you search online, you can find hundreds of recipes. I went with Martha Stewart’s version because not only is it ready in about 30 minutes but it also uses chicken pieces so you don’t need to spend time carving a whole chicken after it’s cooked. It was one of the most rustic recipes I came across which fit well with the theme.
Roasted Root Vegetables: While I’m not sure if roasted root vegetables are explicitly mentioned in the series, they definitely seem like something that would have been a staple. For my version, I used carrots, potatoes, turnips, and parsnips. I tossed the vegetables with a glaze made out of olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, and thyme so that they would pair well with the chicken and then roasted for about 45 minutes at 425F.
Buttermilk Biscuits: These were definitely mentioned in the book at least once. I decided to be ambitions and try making my own from scratch using this recipe from The Chunky Chef. While they turned out okay, I definitely think I need more practice. If you don’t have all day to cook, you could definitely just get pre-made ones that you only have to bake.
Mini Lemon Cakes: If you’re a fan of the series you already know that these are Sansa’s favorite dessert. I used a teacake pan to make a bite-sized version of my favorite lemon pound cake.
Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven: Ommegang has a number of Game of Thrones beers. I really enjoyed the Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison because it had the flavor of a dark beer but wasn’t super heavy which was good since we had so much food!
Red Wedding Sangria: Since it’s spring, I didn’t want to do a mulled wine and so sangria felt like it would be a good alternative. I went with a red sangria in honor of the Red Wedding which is probably one of the most well known of the series. What I liked most about this recipe is that you do all the hard work the day before your party.
Other: I set up my dinner buffet style and used a black table cloth and then wine, red, and orange serving pieces to add color to the table.