Eat Like a Lannister: Cersei’s Creamy Chestnut Soup and Apple Salad with Gorgonzola Cream

April 22, 2013

No Game of Thrones tribute would be complete without the Lannisters. They are simply the clan we all love to hate.  Their obscene wealth and even more obscene proclivity for “family affairs” make them fascinating characters.

Take Tyrion, for instance. It seems almost laughable that Casterly Rock could produce such an anti-Lannister. “The Imp” cavorts with cheap whores (while gulping down a goblet of Arbor gold), and was even briefly married to one.

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Yet his sharp wit and relative decency make him the only Lannister we all cheer for.

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On the other hand, King Joffrey’s brutality makes you forget about his dignified posture (and the fact that you shouldn’t want to punch a kid in the face). His mother, Cersei, has a soft spot for her children (and for “keeping it in the family”). She’s also an ice-cold bitch who can raise hell, but she does “set a tasty table, that could not be denied. They started with a creamy chestnut soup, crusty hot bread, and greens dressed with apples and pine nuts.” (Clash of Kings, p. 773)

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Our version of the chestnut soup is like Jaime Lannister (that’s probably why Cersei likes it so much). It’s thick and rich. The buttery chestnut puree washes over your tongue, with the dried cranberries adding tanginess and texture to the soup’s nutty finish.

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Our take on Cersei’s apple salad is proof of how the blonde lioness keeps herself slender without effort. I personally can’t think of anyone who would say no to this mélange of peppery arugula, crunchy apple chunks, and walnuts, all topped with a gorgonzola-balsamic syrup dressing.

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And while this family’s motivations and personalities are often complex, our tribute recipes to them aren’t. After all, the lions of Casterly Rock clearly favor simple fare (but with premium ingredients that no Wildling will ever taste in their lifetime).

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So, here’s how you can eat like a Lannister without resorting to evil, throne-capturing tactics.

Eat Like a Lannister: Creamy Chestnut Soup and Apple Salad with Gorgonzola Cream

Total Time: 40 minutes / Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients for the Creamy Chestnut Soup with Bacon Cream

  • 1 cup peeled chestnuts
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped crispy cooked bacon
  • Dried cranberries
  • Crusty bread
  • Freshly ground pepper, optional

Ingredients for the Apple Salad with Gorgonzola Cream

  • 3 cups arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 red apple, cored, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 green apple, cored seeded, and cubed
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp balsamic crème / syrup (you can buy this at Unimart
  • 2 tbsp Gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 tbsp all purpose cream
  • Pepper

Procedure for Creamy Chestnut Soup with Bacon Cream

  1. In a pot, melt the butter and saute onions for 1-2 minutes until the onions are soft.
  2. Add in the peeled chestnuts and saute for another minute.
  3. Add in water, salt, and cream, and boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from fire and transfer to a food processor or blender.
  5. Puree until smooth.
  6. Check flavor and season accordingly and then divide into 2 servings bowls.
  7. Mix together whipped cream and bacon bits. Top on soup.
  8. Add cranberries and serve with crusty bread on the side.

Procedure for Apple Salad with Gorgonzola Cream

  1. Make the Gorgonzola cream in advance.
  2. In a bowl, mix together gorgonzola and cream well.
  3. Put inside an air tight container and keep in the chiller until ready to use.
  4. Prepare the salad by tossing the apples together in a bowl.
  5. Divide arugula into 2 serving bowls.
  6. Top with half of the apples then sprinkle with walnuts, and drizzle with balsamic crème.
  7. Top with a spoonful of gorgonzola cream.
  8. Serve immediately.
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero.

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7 responses to “Eat Like a Lannister: Cersei’s Creamy Chestnut Soup and Apple Salad with Gorgonzola Cream”

  1. khaleesi says:

    This is too awesome. You should do one for each family. 🙂

  2. Clarissa says:

    OMG. Bacon cream? I thought first it was lard but noooo. It really is cream and bacon. Heart attack much? 🙂

  3. Anne says:

    Fantastic idea, completely ace! What about all the other clans, are you posting their feasts too?

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  5. Nexie says:

    When I was in Toronto, I was able to eat some Bison, I can imagine this would be cool as a Nights Watch dish

  6. Ginny says:

    Are the chestnuts raw or roasted when you start?

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