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How to Host a ‘Game of Thrones’ Dinner Party

How to Host a ‘Game of Thrones’ Dinner Party

The eagerly anticipated new season of Game of Thrones is just one month away. We can’t wait to spend every Sunday evening curled up on the couch, watching the dramatic world of Westeros unfurl, while we sip on our goblet of Seven Kingdoms’ finest red wine.

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To celebrate the imminent arrival of Game of Thrones season six, it’s time we all got ourselves back in the mood of the land of flying dragons and unnecessary murder, with a grand medieval feast. After all, feasting is exactly what the population of Westeros does whenever they’re not all occupied with killing each other. Hunks of meat, dragons’ eggs, and, of course, an endless supply of wine — perhaps enjoyed while re-watching last season’s murderous finale — are the essentials to hosing an evening fit for a king seated on his iron throne.

With Selyse Florent, Stannis Baratheon, Myranda, Myrcella Baratheon, Ser Meryn, and Jon Snow, all apparently dead, Arya being blinded, and the excruciating humiliation of Cersei Lannister, all taking place in the last episode of season five, there are high expectations for explanation, clarification, and reconciliation in the opening of season six. For the first time, this Game of Thrones season is not based on one of George R. R. Martin’s novels, and the producers have been keeping the storyline well under wraps. There have been hardly any hints or plot spoilers letting us know what we can expect from the next 10 episodes.

However, we have been reassured that there will be plenty of murder, battling, backstabbing, incest, and bloodshed. Rumor has it that Bran will be returning to the show, having been absent for the whole of season five, and we can assume that Hodor and Meera Reed will be following close behind. The season is set to begin with the people of Westeros preparing for another harsh winter, while the White Walkers and the army of the dead are poised to strike viciously against The Wall and the realms of men, so this season could be starting with a brutal Long Night.

It’s time for us to hunker down and prepare for a long season as our favorite characters, old and new, prepare for a testing winter. Marking the return of our favorite mythical show with medieval pies, plenty of red wine, and maybe a lemon dessert just for Sansa, will make sure we are fully prepared for whatever drama the Game of Thrones creators’ are plotting to bring.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.


Serious Entertaining: A 'Game of Thrones' Feast Fit for Kings

After a long, bitter winter (Wall-style, minus Hodor for company), the Game of Thrones season premiere is finally upon us (Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). And there will be blood! (Probably.) Those who've read George R.R. Martin's sprawling books already know where this season is heading, but the rest of us are eagerly awaiting resolution (and possibly revenge) after some rather shocking events last year (cough Red Wedding cough).

Before taking the deep dive back into Westeros, you must have strength. And that means fortifying yourself with a Throne-themed meal that's. dare we say. fit for a king?

First Course: Scotch (Dragon) Eggs

When Daenerys Targaryen miraculously hatched three new dragons from their eggs years after the last dragons were thought to be extinct, it marked a major turning point in her quest for victory. Honor the fearsome spirit of these mythical creatures by making Scotch eggs, which are kind of like regular hard-boiled eggs, but fortified with the strength of sausage.

Second Course: Venison Heart Tartare

The Dothraki, fierce and nomadic horse warriors, have a fondness for horse meat, and they tend to like it raw. In fact, pregnant Dothraki women engage in something called the stallion heart ceremony, in which they tear apart a stallion's raw heart with their bare hands and teeth. According to A Wiki of Ice and Fire, "if she eats the entire heart, she will bear a son who is strong and swift and fearless if she chokes on the blood or retches up the flesh, the omens were less favorable—the child might be stillborn, weak, deformed or female." Intense! We're fresh out of recipes calling for raw horse meat, but we do have a Nasty Bits chapter on venison heart tartare, a simple and slightly less-messy homage to the stallion heart ceremony.

Third Course: Beef, Ale, and Marmite Pie

In King's Landing, nobility has been known to dine upon lamprey pie, a delicacy consisting of lamprey eels, baked in wine and spices, and covered with a pastry crust like a meat pie. Again, we are lacking in the lamprey recipe department, but we do have this beef, ale, and Marmite pie, which involves the same basic principles: meat, alcohol, spices, and pastry crust. Joffrey would approve.

To Drink: Wine, Beer, and Mead

The drink options for a GoT feast are plentiful. An obvious choice is red wine, a famed export from the hot, dry Dorne region in Westeros, where it's described as tasting "as dark as blood and as sweet as vengeance." In the event that you can't find a bloody, sweet wine, check out our Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame, which has 15 great reds for under $15 apiece. Or, you could make your own mead. Or. you could just buy Ommegang's new special-edition Fire and Blood beer,* brewed with ancho chilies and rye for a spicy kick.

*Note: We haven't actually tasted Fire and Blood beer, so take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

For Dessert: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

A favorite dessert of Sansa Stark's, lemon cakes are described as small enough to be held and eaten with one hand, as opposed to a traditional fork-requiring cake. That sounds more like a cookie than a cake to us, and these tender, double-lemon buttermilk cookies fit the bill perfectly.