To continue with our Hunger Games tribute (no pun intended ), I wanted to post a recipe from The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook. Yes that is a real thing, and yes we do own it.
I’ve only made a couple of things from it, but intend to make more. I will admit that I am staying away from any recipe that includes squirrel. But, the recipes are true foods from the capitol and other recipes that the author thought the characters would eat in their districts or in the arena. Pretty cool.
Each recipe says what chapter of what book inspired it and they are daring ways to feel part of the Panem nation.
Monterey Jack Cheese, Bacon, and Green Chili Stuffed Turkey Breasts
2 (2 pound) turkey breast halves
4 whole mild greed chilies (canned)
8 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into 8 slices
4 bacon strips, cooked crisp
5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Slice a pocket in each turkey breast half. Slit open each green chili and place 2 slices of the cheese and a piece of crisp bacon inside. Insert 2 chilies in each turkey breast half. Slit the breast open a little more if needed, but do not cut all the way through. Close turkey breasts and secure with toothpicks.
3. Place turkey breasts in a greased, broiler-safe baking dish. Lightly coat turkey breasts with olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake, covered for half an hour or until the thickest part of the meat (and not the chilies) registers 160 degrees F.
4. Uncover turkey breasts, drizzle with more olive oil, and broil for about 5 minutes until brown. Let rest for about 5 minutes. then slice on the diagonal and serve.
I loved this recipe. I did vary from the original a bit and used Pepperjack cheese instead of Monterey Jack for a little bit of a kick, but it was still tasty.
Try this recipe for a pre-movie bite and you won’t be disappointed.