The Art of Darkness

“True Blood” Dinner Party

July 5th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Bloody MarysI don’t know if the True Blood TV series has suddenly gone mainstream or if their marketing people have just gotten more aggressive, but everybody seems to be jumping on the blood-drenched bandwagon.

A case in point is the True Blood Menu and Party Plan over at Epicurious:

If you’re going to hang with the vampires of northern Louisiana’s Area 5, you’ll be getting up at dusk, so why not have breakfast for dinner? Life does, after all, begin after dark. We’ve created a menu that’s high in iron, offers a bit of spice, and features sausage, as that’s what Sookie Stackhouse first tastes after drinking vampire blood. “It’s like I can close my eyes and I can see the farm the pig lived on, and feel the sun and the rain on my face, and even taste the earth that the herbs grew out of,” she tells Granny.

Naturally, we included some blood (in the form of Bloody Mary soup—don’t forget to garnish with spiced beans and pickled okra); a tropical-fruit salad the maenad Maryann Forrester would have, well, she has, died for; and some chili powder–infused home fries sure to find their way on to the Merlotte’s menu. For Tara, we added an Eggs Benedict Bread Pudding, and we end the meal with a nod to Sookie and Jason’s beloved Granny—a Texas/west Louisiana take on pecan pie using cane syrup.

I like how they’ve tried to tie the various dishes into the show’s characters, although I’m sort of lukewarm on the breakfast-for-dinner menu. I’d probably drop the bread pudding and serve andouille burgers, and instead of hash browns I’d just make french fries and toss them with the same spices the home fries recipe calls for. The Bloody Mary shots and pecan pie can stay.

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