GIVEAWAY 3 of 3: Cook From ‘Recipes of The Hunger Games’
Welcome to our third and final giveaway of ‘Recipes from The Hunger Games‘. The winner of our second contest is Sam, who wanted to make Tigris’ Ham and Potato Hash.
This week, we’re asking for a bit more effort to enter. Below you will find a list of recipes taken from the book. Pick out a recipe and try it out, then take a photo of it. As proof that you cooked it for this contest and didn’t Google an image, submit a second photo of your dish next to the recipe. Submit the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner will be drawn at random and all dishes will be displayed on Mockingjay.net. Deadline is October 26, 2012. Open worldwide.
PEETA’S MULTIGRAIN BREAD
MAKES 2 LOAVES
Peeta brought this yeasty bread to Haymitch one morning and Haymitch had the bad grace to hand him a filthy knife to cut it. Ever respectful of the work and ingredients that go into a loaf of bread, Peeta opted to clean the knife before using it.
If you’ve never baked bread, this is a good recipe to use for your first time. It’s a very basic recipe that yields delicious results.
- 1 CUP WARM WATER (110 DEGREES)
- 1 PACKAGE ACTIVE DRY YEAST (21⁄4 TEASPOONS) 1 TABLESPOON WHITE SUGAR
- 6 CUPS WHEAT BREAD FLOUR, DIVIDED
- 1 CUP MILK, ROOM TEMPERATURE
- 2 EGGS
- 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER, SOFTENED
- 2 TEASPOONS SALT
- 1⁄4 CUP FRESH THYME, CHOPPED
- 1⁄4 CUP FRESH CHIVES, CHOPPED
- 1 EGG WHITE
- 2 TABLESPOONS WATER
- In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in 1 cup warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, stir together the yeast mixture with four cups of flour, milk, eggs, butter, salt, thyme
- and chives. Add the remaining flour 1⁄2 cup at a time.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 8 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth and not sticky.
- Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm area to rise for about an hour, or until double in size.
- Grease 2 aluminum loaf pans. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Knead gently for 1 minute and form into 2 ovals.
- Place in loaf pans, cover with a warm cloth and let sit for another 40 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly beat the egg white and 2 tablespoons of water and brush over bread. Bake for 30 minutes.
TRIBUTE LAMB CHOPS
The highlight of Katniss and Peeta’s first meal on the train was these tender lamb chops. A rich dish for anyone, it was incredibly decadent to these young people who rarely had meat on the table.
Lamb absorbs the flavors of herbs beautifully, so use fresh herbs to get the best results. Allowing the meat to rest for 10 minutes after cooking will ensure that it’s moist and flavorful.
- 2 TABLESPOONS PLUS 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL 1 TEASPOON FRESH ROSEMARY
- 1 TEASPOON FRESH TARRAGON
- 1 TEASPOON FRESH THYME
- 1 TEASPOON FRESH PARSLEY
- 2 CLOVES PEELED GARLIC
- 4 LAMB CHOPS CUT 1-INCH THICK SALT AND PEPPER
- Place olive oil, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, parsley and garlic in food processor until a fine puree is achieved. Set aside.
- Salt and pepper both sides of each lamb chop.
- Take 1⁄4 of the herb mixture and rub onto both sides of each lamb chop, then place the herbed chops onto a plate.
- Once all of the chops are covered with the mixture, cover the plate with plastic wrap and allow them to marinate in the fridge for 1 hour. Remove plastic wrap and let it to come to room temperature.
- Set oven to broil and allow to heat.
- Heat a cast-iron or other heavy, large skillet over high heat.
- Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and sear chops for 2–3 minutes per side until nicely browned.
- Remove pan from heat and place in the oven. Broil for about 7 minutes or until medium rare. (This recipe works great on the grill too!)
- Let meat rest 10 minutes so the juices recede.
- Serve with Creamy Mashed Potatoes.
MR. MELLARK’S FAREWELL COOKIES
MAKES 2 DOZEN
When Mr. Mellark brought a paper packet of cookies to Katniss after the reaping, it touched her, but not nearly as much as his promise to watch out for Prim.
Here’s a recipe for spicy cookies using ingredients the Mellarks appear to have had. These are tasty snacks and would hold up well on a train journey, too.
- 2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
- 3 TEASPOONS CINNAMON
- 1 TEASPOON GROUND GINGER
- 1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
- 1⁄2 TEASPOON SALT
- 1⁄2 TEASPOON GROUND ALLSPICE
- 1⁄2 TEASPOON NUTMEG
- 1 STICK UNSALTED BUTTER AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
- 3⁄4 CUP DARK BROWN SUGAR
- 1 EGG
- 1 TEASPOON VANILLA
- In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients, except the brown sugar, with a whisk or wooden spoon. Mix until well blended and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the butter and brown sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients a cup at a time and mix just until blended and the dough is smooth.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly dust a large, clean work surface with flour and roll the dough out to about 1⁄4-inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter or a cup to cut the cookies, re-rolling the scraps as you go.
- Place the cookies about 1 inch apart on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.
- Let cool on the pan before removing with a spatula.
HOMESICK CHEESE BUNS
MAKES TWO DOZEN MUFFINS
These cheese buns reminded Katniss of home, of family and of Peeta. When Peeta discovered they were her favorites, he made sure she got some.
For a change of flavor, you can vary the cheese you use in this recipe. Muenster, provolone and Colby all work well.
- 3 1⁄2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 1⁄4 CUP SUGAR
- 2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER 11⁄2 TEASPOONS SALT
- 1 1⁄2 CUPS MILK
- 3⁄4 CUP CANOLA OIL
- 2 EGGS
- 2 CUPS SHREDDED CHEESE
- In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In another bowl, combine egg, milk and oil; mix well until mixture is smooth.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just until moistened through.
- Fold in 2 cups of cheese.
- Fill greased muffin cups 2⁄3 full.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
HAZELLE’S HEARTY BEAVER STEW
Gale’s mom whipped up a hearty beaver stew from a rare beaver that Katniss was able to trap. Gale would have appreciated this stew after a day in the mines. Beaver had once been a fairly common dish in rural Appalachia (where District 12 is located).
Not everyone traps beaver, so we’ve substituted it for beef in this recipe. For the authentic version, see the recipe in Chapter 13.
- 2 TABLESPOONS VEGETABLE OIL
- 2 POUNDS LEAN BEEF, CUT INTO 1-INCH CUBES 1 PINCH SALT
- 1 PINCH GROUND BLACK PEPPER
- 2 TABLESPOONS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
- 1 ONION, DICED
- 1 (8-OUNCE) CAN TOMATO SAUCE
- 1 BAY LEAF
- 3 LARGE POTATOES, CUT INTO LARGE CHUNKS 4 CARROTS, CUT INTO LARGE 1-INCH SEGMENTS 3 STALKS CELERY, THICKLY SLICED
- 1⁄2 CUP BEEF BROTH
- 1 BUNCH PARSLEY, CHOPPED (FOR GARNISH)
- Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Place the meat in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with flour and toss to coat.
- Add meat to pot and brown meat on all sides.
- Fill the pot with enough water to cover the meat and mix in onion, tomato sauce and bay leaf.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer for an hour, or until the meat is tender.
- Stir in the potatoes, carrots and celery. Add the beef broth for extra flavor.
- Continue cooking over low heat for 45 minutes, until vegetables are fork tender.
- Remove bay leaf before serving.
- Garnish with a little parsley in the center of each bowl.
CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY CUSTARD
Chocolate was almost unheard of in District 12 and would probably have been exciting for Katniss if she hadn’t been on her way to the Quarter Quell. The symbol of luxury on her plate must have
Custard is one of those deliciously rich desserts that seem like they should be a lot of trouble to make. Fortunately it’s actually rather simple.
- 1⁄2 CUP WHITE SUGAR
- 1⁄4 CUP CORNSTARCH
- 3 TABLESPOONS UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER
- DASH OF SALT
- 2 3⁄4 CUPS MILK
- 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER
- 1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
- 1⁄4 POUND BING CHERRIES, PITTED, SLICED IN HALF
- In a saucepan, mix together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt.
- Place over medium heat and stir in milk.
- Bring to a slow boil and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens like pudding.
- Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
- Let cool briefly and serve warm.
- Garnish with cherry halves.