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Hunger Games Recipes

 

You can make an entire meal for you Hunger Games fan with these deli­cious recipes.

Goat Cheese
Prim, Kat­niss’ lit­tle sis­ter, helped the fam­ily sur­vive thanks to the milk from her pet goat. The morn­ing of reap­ing day, Kat­niss wakes to find goat cheese wrapped in fresh basil leaves. Bring this deli­cious appe­tizer (or break­fast treat!) to your table in one-bite form. We bet the mint leaves in this appe­tizer would remind Kat­niss of evenings at home.

Herbed Goat Cheese Bites Recipe

Ingre­di­ents:
1 table­spoon fresh flat-leaf thyme leaves
1 table­spoon fresh pars­ley leaves
1 table­spoon fresh tar­ragon leaves
1 table­spoon fresh mint leaves
1 (8-oz.) goat cheese log
1 (8-oz.) French bread baguette, cut into
1/4-inch-thick slices
2 table­spoons extra vir­gin olive oil
1/2 cup sun-dried toma­toes in oil, drained and chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

Com­bine and finely chop first 4 ingre­di­ents. Roll cheese log evenly in herb mix­ture; wrap in plas­tic wrap. Chill at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

Pre­heat oven to 350°. Driz­zle baguette slices with olive oil. Gen­tly press slices into 24 muf­fin cups in muf­fin pans.

Bake at 350° for 7 to 9 min­utes or until crisp and lightly browned. Remove from oven; let cool in pans 5 min­utes. Spread goat cheese into baguette cups; top with sun-dried toma­toes and basil leaves.

Apples
Hunt­ing out­side of your dis­trict is ille­gal, but the brave few who sought fall’s first apples would be richly rewarded if they could make them into this sim­ple dessert. Per­haps the town baker could pro­vide a wor­thy sub­sti­tute for the pie crust.

Thin French Apple Tart Recipe

Ingre­di­ents:
1/2 (15-ounce) pack­age refrig­er­ated pie dough (such as Pills­bury)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tea­spoon ground cin­na­mon
2 pounds Golden Deli­cious apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
2 1/2 table­spoons honey
1/2 tea­spoon vanilla extract

Pre­heat oven to 425°.

Place dough on a lightly floured sur­face; roll into a 12-inch cir­cle. Place on a 12-inch pizza pan. Com­bine sugar and cin­na­mon. Sprin­kle 1 table­spoon sugar mix­ture over dough. Arrange apple slices spoke­like on top of dough, work­ing from out­side edge of dough to the cen­ter. Sprin­kle apple slices with remain­ing sugar mixture.

Bake at 425° for 30 min­utes. Com­bine honey and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 40 sec­onds. Brush honey mix­ture over warm tart. Serve warm.

Bread
Kat­niss and those around her repeat­edly give thanks for bread, start­ing with Gale’s quick-thinking trade the morn­ing of the reap­ing and end­ing with a much-needed gift from midair. We can eas­ily say that we’d trade a squir­rel for this mouth­wa­ter­ing loaf.

Saf­fron and Golden Raisin Break­fast Bread Recipe

Ingre­di­ents:

1/4 tea­spoon saf­fron threads
2 tea­spoons warm water
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup warm water (75° to 85°)
2 table­spoons but­ter, soft­ened
2 table­spoons gran­u­lated sugar
1 (12-ounce) pack­age bread machine coun­try white bread mix (we tested with Fleischmann’s)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped wal­nuts
1 table­spoon water Turbinado sugar

Com­bine saf­fron and 2 tea­spoons water in a small bowl; let stand 5 min­utes. Place saf­fron mix­ture, 2 egg yolks, 3/4 cup warm water, and next 5 ingre­di­ents, includ­ing yeast packet from bread mix) in a bread machine. Set bread machine to “dough” set­ting accord­ing to manufacturer’s instruc­tions; start machine. When dough cycle is com­plete, turn dough out onto a lightly floured sur­face, and knead sev­eral times. Form dough into a loaf, and place in a greased 9″ x 5″ loaf­pan. Let dough rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, for 1 hour or until dou­bled in size. Com­bine remain­ing egg yolk with 1 table­spoon water. Brush top of loaf with egg wash, and sprin­kle with turbinado sugar. Bake at 350º for 32 min­utes or until golden. Remove from pan, and cool com­pletely on a wire rack.

Squir­rel
In Dis­trict 12, “where you can starve to death in safety”, as Kat­niss says, squir­rel, or any meat, was con­sid­ered a lux­ury and was fre­quently dried or used in a stew. Orig­i­nal recipes dat­ing to 19th cen­tury Vir­ginia for Brunswick Stew called for squir­rel meat, but in this recipe we’re using chicken. After all, didn’t you trade your squir­rel meat to the baker for bread?

Brunswick Stew Recipe

Ingre­di­ents:
Cook­ing spray
1 cup chopped red bell pep­per
3/4 cup chopped yel­low onion
1/2 cup chopped cel­ery
1 table­spoon peanut oil
1 table­spoon all-purpose flour
1 pound skin­less, bone­less chicken thighs, cut into
1/2-inch pieces
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 table­spoons no-salt-added tomato paste
1 tea­spoon dried thyme
1/2 tea­spoon salt
1/2 tea­spoon hot pep­per sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 (10-ounce) pack­age frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
1 (10-ounce) pack­age frozen baby lima beans, thawed
6 (1-ounce) slices Ital­ian bread, toasted
2 gar­lic cloves, halved

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cook­ing spray. Add bell pep­per, onion, and cel­ery to pan; cook 5 min­utes, stir­ring occa­sion­ally. Add oil to pan. Com­bine flour and chicken in a medium bowl, toss­ing to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 2 min­utes or until lightly browned. Grad­u­ally stir in broth; bring to a boil.

Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stir­ring con­stantly. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingre­di­ents (through lima beans) to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and sim­mer 30 min­utes. Rub bread slices with cut sides of gar­lic; dis­card gar­lic. Serve bread with stew.

Black­ber­ries
Admit it, didn’t you swoon a lit­tle as Kat­niss and Gale romped around out­side the fence of Dis­trict 12 to hunt, gather, and fish? A burst of fresh black­berry will take you right back to their care­free chat­ter and morn­ings in the sun.

Easy Black­berry Cob­bler Recipe

Ingre­di­ents:
4 cups fresh black­ber­ries
1 table­spoon lemon juice
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 table­spoons but­ter, melted
Whipped cream (optional)
Gar­nish: fresh mint sprig

Pre­heat oven to 375°.

Place black­ber­ries in a lightly greased 8-inch square bak­ing dish; sprin­kle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mix­ture resem­bles coarse meal. Sprin­kle over fruit. Driz­zle melted but­ter over topping.

Bake at 375° for 35 min­utes or until lightly browned and bub­bly. Let stand 10 min­utes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Gar­nish with fresh mint sprig, if desired. For a neat pre­sen­ta­tion, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins on an alu­minum foil-lined bak­ing sheet.

 

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