So I was a little shocked to discover this one as well, but why the heck not? Who doesn’t want to watch one of their favorite movies AND cook along to it as well? You got it, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games – which features all the fixings from lamb to rats often prepared by the story’s heroine Katniss – is coming out with a cookbook.
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to “Groosling” – More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines is getting set to hit the stores. I know, who would have thought.
If you’re a fan of the book (and you most likely are if you’re reading this), this cookbook might be appealing to you. Remember President Snow’s sautéed dove breast in bacon drippings? You can recreate it yourself! But what about grilled tree rat with peanut butter? Where would one get a rat, and why would you choose to eat one? I figure substitutions are allowed…
Check out this “Small Critter Casserole”
2 pounds small game meat, cut into 2″ chunks
1 cup seasoned flour
1/4-cup vegetable oil
1/2-cup fresh mushrooms
1 and 1/2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped
8-10 green onion, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 12-ounce can cream of celery soup
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
Juice of one fresh lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Dredge meat in seasoned flour and brown in skillet with 1/4-cup vegetable oil. Brown in two separate batches so the pan is not overcrowded. Add more oil if needed.
2. Return all browned meat to the skillet. Add broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, green onions, chicken stock, and celery soup. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it just comes to a boil, about 12-15 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until meat is tender. Add thyme and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Serve from the pot or transfer to a pretty serving bowl to serve family-style at the dinner table.