However, you could also be hosting your own, whether for family or for your friends. If you're hosting for extended family, then you are likely going to be whipping up traditional dishes. However, if you're hosting a small Thanksgiving feast for your spouse and children or for friends, then you may have ample opportunity to create a unique dinner (or lunch, depending on where you are) that will wow guests, gamers or no.
And what would the unique meal consist of?
Dishes from video games!
And scrawling on the internet and cookbooks are many recipes that originate from your favorite video games.
Interested in a Wasteland Omelet? Or perhaps a Dream Cherry Pie? What about Sea Salt Ice Cream?
Well, many recipes will now grant you the opportunity to make these delicious-sounding recipes in real life!
Below you'll find some Thanksgiving-oriented recipes. These great chefs will be credited throughout and linked to their pages, so if you feel like exploring their entire shelf full of recipes, you'll know where to go.
The Legend of Zelda - Elixir Soup (Credit: The Geeky Chef)
What You'll Need
- 1lb Yellow Squash, chopped
- 6 tbsp Butter
- 2 Turnips, peeled and chopped
- 2 Carrots, chopped
- 1/4 Cup Cauliflower, chopped
- 1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
- 4 tbs. Lemon Juice
- 4 Cups Chicken Broth (or Veggie Broth if vegetarian)
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced or chopped fine
- 1 Yellow Chile, de-seeded and chopped (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Chives or Green Onions, chopped fine
1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-low heat
2. Saute the yellow onion and garlic for 8 - 10 minutes
3. Add the squash, carrots, cauliflower, turnip, lemon juice, chile (optional) and half of the broth and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are very tender (around 20 minutes)
5. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
6. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth.
7. Transfer the mixture to the cleaned pot or new pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Simmer on low until you serve, adding more broth until desired consistency.
9. Place in a serving bowl and garnish with chives or green onions.
Undertale - Toriel's Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie (Credit: The Geeky Chef)
For the crust:
- 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1/4 cup Ice Water
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
- 1/2 cup Cream
- 2/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Egg Yolks, whisked
- 4 tbs. Corn Starch
- 1 tbs. Unsalted Butter
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 tbs Granulated Sugar
- Cinnamon (for sprinkling)
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture is coarse (like crumbs)
3. Stir in iced water a little bit at a time, until the dough comes together and you're able to form a ball.
4. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours.
5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to fit a 9-inch pie tin and press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the tin. Cut off the excess.
6. Place the crust into the oven and bake for 7 minutes. After, set it aside.
7. For the filling, in a double boiler, combine the milk, cream, brown sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon. Stir the mixture using a whisk and keep stirring until it thickens.
8. Whisk in the egg yolks, slowly. Continue to whisk until mixture thickens to pudding-like consistency.
9. Remove from heat and then add in the butter and vanilla. Stir until both are blended in.
10. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
11. Bake for another 7 minutes (at 375).
12. Remove from oven and place the pie in the fridge until it is room temperature.
13. When it's close to cooled, prepared the whipped cream. Simply whip the cream and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer until you're able to form peaks. Do not OVER-WHIP.
14. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chilled pie and sprinkle cinnamon onto it.
Fallout 4 - Blamco Mac and Cheese (Credit: Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook)
- 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
- salt and pepper
1. Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, cover, reduce the heat to a medium, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. Drain and transfer the carrots into a blender. Add the milk, heavy cream, and Worcestershire sauce. Blend until smooth.
2. Combine the flour, ground mustard, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once melted, add the spiced flour while constantly whisking. After the butter and flour have combined into a roux, slowly whisk in the carrot and milk mixture until fully combined.
3. Whisk in the cheddar and fontina cheese in small batches. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir to coat macaroni fully.
Final Fantasy XIV - Pineapple Ponzecake (Credit: PixelatedProvisions)
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- pineapple, 1-inch slices
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Cream the butter until its soft, then combine with brown sugar and honey.
2. Once it is all combined place the butter spread at the bottom of your cake pan. Place as many pineapple pieces as you can fit in the cake pan (make sure it is only one layer and doesn't overlap).
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the syrup and vanilla extract. When combined it is going to look a little separated but it will all come together soon! Add the eggs one at a time.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add half of the flour mixture to the stand mixer and combine. Next, pour the pineapple juice and blend again. Finally add the last half of the flour and mix until everything is combined well.
5. Pour the batter into the cake pan and place in the oven. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the cake passes the toothpick test.
Overwatch - Smoked Turkey Legs (Credit: PixelatedProvisions)
- 6 turkey legs
- 10 cups water
- 3/4 (200g) cup salt
- 1/2 (110g) cup sugar
- 1/4 (47g) brown sugar
- 1 tsp (2 g) black pepper
- 2 tbsp (20 g) garlic powder
- 1 tbsp (9 g) chili powder
- 1 tbsp (9 g) smoked paprika
- 2 tsp (6 g) allspice
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 cups ice
- 1 tbsp (9g) sweet paprika
- 1/2 tbsp (4.5g) chili powder
- 1 tsp (3g) cumin
- 1 tbsp (12g) brown sugar
1. Combine the water, salt, sugar, brown sugar, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, and allspice in a pot and heat over medium-high heat. Heat until the salt dissolves. Add ice cubes and allow the brine to cool completely.
2. Split the turkey legs into two ziplock bags with 2 bay leaves in each. Once the spiced water has cooled, divide it between the two ziplock bags. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 24 hours.
3. The next day you will need to set up your grill (or smoker). In the morning, place four large handfuls of wood chips in water. I used a combination of apple and cherry wood chips. Wetting the chips helps increase the smoke while grilling.
4. Before setting up your smoking station, take the turkey legs out of the refrigerator and pat dry. Mix the spices for the dry rub in a bowl. Rub the spices on the turkey legs and set aside until your grill is ready.
5. I own a charcoal grill so I had to make it act like a smoker. Start by lighting charcoal briquettes in a chimney starter. I used the briquettes over the lump wood because they burn cooler and tend to hold up longer.
6. Once the charcoal turns slightly white, toss it out of the charcoal chimney to one side of the grill. On the other side, place the deep aluminum pan filled halfway up with the brine you used for the turkey legs. This helps keep moisture in the grill.
7. Add a handful of the wood chips, making sure to remove as much water as possible, to the top of the charcoal. Place the grill rack and lid on the grill. At this point, I played with adjusting the temperature for a bit. You want to aim for 200 - 240F.
8. Place the turkey legs on the side of the grill with the aluminum pan. Add more wood and charcoal as needed. Cook for 3-4 hours or until the turkey registers at 165F on a thermometer.
And here are just some recipes that you can celebrate with for Thanksgiving. Keep in mind this list can be used for every year. Additionally, look forward to a Christmas suggestions list for video game-inspired foods and goodies. Bon appetit~!