Winter is Here: Game of Thrones Inspired Menu

Friday, July 21, 2017

Game of Thrones came back last that means my life will be consumed every Sunday from here until 8 weeks from now and also that I'm going to be lusting after Cersei's badass B wardrobe (see photo below).  Oh yeah, and I'll be cooking GOT inspired meals!

Damn girl...slay.

Premier night was pretty amazing, I must say.  My sister and I teamed up to make an amazing menu of GOT foods and they were all AMAZING. I'm going to post her recipes as soon as I get them from her (hurry up...).  But for now, here are mine.  I made a variation of the pot pie I posted previously, and mock-lamb meatballs which taste surprisingly lamby.  Without further ado...I bring you a fest fit for a Westorosi King or Queen.

Brienne of Tarth's Mock-Kidney Pie

3 medium carrots, sliced
8 oz mushrooms, halved
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 green onions, sliced
8 oz or so fingerling potatoes, sliced roughly
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves (more if you're like me and insane and love garlic)

dry rubbed sage
salt and pepper to taste

1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup sherry
splash of Worcestershire sauce (vegan)
1 tbsp vegan butter
splash of liquid smoke
Vegan puff pastry (I don't have patience to make it myself, so I get it at Whole Foods...I'm realistic)
1/4 cup of flour (added in slowly, you may not use all of it)

In a large pan, melt your butter and toss in the shallot, green onion and garlic.  Sauté until the shallot is transparent and then toss in the potatoes, then the carrots and celery.  These veggies will take the longest to cook, and also need to absorb a lot of the flavors.  When these flavors mingle a bit, add in the mushrooms. Add in your seasonings and herbs.  Simmer until the potatoes cook through (until you can slide a fork in easily).

Preheat your oven 400 degrees.  Bake one sheet of the puff pastry in your pie pan until golden brown (maybe like 20 minutes depending on the brand).  This will make a nice base for the pie (it'll be heavy!). When it's done, remove and cover with a cloth.

Once the potatoes have cooked through, add in the broth, sherry, worchestershire, and liquid smoke.  Simmer for a while, then whisk in your flour. Again, SLOWLY. I struggle with patience when thickening sauces.... Once the sauce is thickened, remove from the heat.  Pour this into your pie crust and top with the 2nd sheet of pastry dough.  Add whatever embellishment you want on top, or none, whatever, it's your pie!!

Bake another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and just made a pie that my sister thought about all day after we ate it.

Unsullied (mock lamb) Balls

Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage
splash of Worcestershire sauce (vegan)
splash of liquid smoke
olive oil
1/2 cup sherry
1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 green onion, chopped
 onion powder
poultry herbs (marjoram, thyme, rosemary)
dry rubbed sage
garlic salt
mint jelly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine sausage, worchestershire sauce, liquid smoke, green onion, olive oil and all spices (sans herbs) in a bowl.  Mix well with your hands and form into meatballs.  place them in a single layer in a roasting or baking dish.  Pour in the sherry and broth and stir so that it coats the meatballs.  Put the herbs on top of the meatballs and pop in the oven.  Bake for around 30 minutes until the meatballs are browned, stirring periodically.

Serve with mint jelly and I'm telling you, you'll feel bad because they taste like lamb but then you'll remember they are totally cruelty free and you'll be sooooo stoked.

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