Game of Wings

If there’s one thing I like as much as cooking, it’s HBO’s Game of Thrones. Ever heard of it? I have a feeling you have. I’ve never really done a theme post like this, but a dear friend of mine suggested on Twitter that I come up with something for the finale. Challenge accepted!

I started by looking up medieval foods, but it wasn’t getting me anywhere. Then I got more specific and searched for Game of Thrones foods and found a list of every meal mentioned in the book series and show. It was interesting, but if you are a fan, you can imagine that most of these meals were extravagant feasts. (Or a stallion’s heart, blech!) Now I don’t mind a big feast for a party, but watching GoT on Sunday night is something my husband and I set aside as time for us.

Then I started to think that instead of eating something the characters would eat, why not use the characters as inspirations for flavors? My husband had joked that we should just eat big turkey legs like at Medieval Times, and all of a sudden it clicked. Wings.

We love going out for chicken wings, but I don’t usually make them at home. I had played around a couple weeks ago with making buffalo wings and they came out great, so this time around I decided to try and come up with my own flavors. Three flavors actually. One of the best things about Game of Thrones is there are badass female characters, so here are my tributes to three of my favorites.

Cersei Lannister – Golden Garlic Parmesan Wings

I started off with 8 wings, which I had marinated in a brine of salt water (like sea water salty), with about a tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder and white pepper. I also added 1/2 a cup of beer, because Cersei does love a drink. She favors wine, but I choose a golden wheat beer to get that alcohol element in there. Make sure all the wings are submerged in the brine before refrigerating overnight.

I coated the wings in flour and fried them up in canola oil heated to 375 degrees. You can do this in a large pot on the stove, but I got my deep fryer out for this project. After frying for about 8-10 minutes, until they were cooked through and crispy golden brown on the outside, I tossed them in a sauce made from a 1/2 cup of melted butter, a 1/2 cup of Parmesan and 1 Tbsp of garlic powder.

My inspiration came from the fact that the Lannisters have a thing for gold, from their armor to their blonde hair. The garlic gives it a strong, punchy flavor without any heat, which is a little like Cersei. She is usually cool and collected, but definitely not to be ignored.

Sansa Stark – Sweet Lemon Ginger Wings

I started with 8 wings again, in the salt water brine with a tsp each of ground ginger, lemon pepper, tumeric and brown sugar. They marinated overnight, were dredged in flour and fried up the same way as before.For the sauce I used 1/4 cup of melted butter, 2 Tbsps of brown sugar and 2 tsps of ground ginger. I also whisked in the juice from a lemon and a splash of soy sauce.

Although this does have kind of an Asian flair to it, hello, sweet ginger is basically a description of Sansa herself. She is Winterfell’s resident redhead with a kind heart. It’s also mentioned a couple times that her favorite food is lemon cakes, hence the addition of the lemon pepper and juice.

Daenerys Targaryan- Spicy Cayenne Dragon Wings

Again, 8 wings overnight in the salt water brine. This time I added two Tbsps of hot sauce and a tsp each of cayenne, paprika and garlic powder. They were coated in flour and fried, then tossed in a sauce made from 1/4 cup of melted butter, 1/8 cup of hot sauce (whatever your favorite is, I used a Louisiana style hot sauce), 2 tsp of cayenne and 2 tsps of garlic.

Obviously the mother of dragons is going to have the hottest sauce on the plate. She’s got three fire breathing dragons and Dany herself can’t be harmed by flames. There’s not much else to explain! If you don’t want it to be too spicy, skip the extra cayenne in the sauce.

Extra Tips!

  • To keep things simple, you could just use plain salt water and brine all the wings together. The sauces will give them plenty of flavor, but adding spices infuses it right into the meat.
  • If you do try to make multiple flavors at once and marinate them separately, make sure you don’t mix them up! They all look the same once they are floured and fried. You will also have to fry them seperately, but you can keep the first batches warm in the oven while you finish up the rest of the wings.

OK, you don’t really need to be a Game of Thrones fan to enjoy these wings. I served mine up with celery, carrot sticks and a side of blue cheese dressing. (It is the superior side for wings, not ranch, in my opinion.) I didn’t even dip them that much, because I was really digging the sauces. The spicy cayenne was the only one that needed a little cool down!

So whether you are sitting down to watch Game of Thrones in a couple days or just hanging with friends, these wings are all so different you will certainly have something for everyone. If any GoT fans out there can think of other character inspired flavors, please share! The countdown is on for the finale!

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