A Hobbit Thanksgiving Menu

Besides being all about gratitude, Thanksgiving is also all about the food! The way to properly celebrate Thanksgiving is with a huge feast full of delicious foods, shared amongst family and friends. There’s possibly nothing a Hobbit likes more than a good feast, so I think Hobbits and Thanksgiving were a match made in heaven. That’s why I decided to put together a Hobbit-themed Thanksgiving menu for you all. If you want to throw a Hobbit Thanksgiving feast, just follow the links below for all the recipes you’ll need!

A Hobbit Thanksgiving Menu

Main Course

Side Dishes

Salads and Veggies

Dessert

Miscellaneous

Mix and match any of these components to plan your very own Hobbit Thanksgiving menu, or check out all the other Lord of the Rings recipes I’ve posted on the blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sam’s Mashed Taters – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

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Sams Mashed taters - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

“Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.” I like to think that if Samwise Gamgee made mashed potatoes (or “taters” as he calls them), they’d taste a little something like this. I knew that I wanted these potatoes to be bursting with flavor, so I turned to the Lord of the Rings Online game for inspiration.

In LOTRO, the “Masterful Mash” dish is made with potatoes, cheese, and Shire seasonings. I chose sharp cheddar cheese, as it gives the dish a nice flavor and a bit of color, too. As for the seasonings, parsley is a flavor that can be found in many Shire dishes, and the nice green color really stands out.

These mashed taters are super easy to make, and they make a perfect side dish to any Shire feast.

Samwise Gamgee’s Mashed Taters – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley

Directions

  1. Boil the potatoes in water until they are tender.
  2. Drain the water from the pan, and mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well until smooth.
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Gaffer’s Mince and Tater Hash – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

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…in the matter of ‘roots’, especially potatoes, the Gaffer was recognized as the leading authority by all in the neighborhood (including himself).

The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring

The Gaffer's Mince and Tater Hash - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Over at Fandom Foodies, we’ve been discussing all things Hobbit this month, especially as it concerns food. In talking about different foods found in Middle Earth, a member of the group mentioned the cooking mechanic in the Lord of the Rings Online game, and gave us this link to a list of all the foods you can make in LOTRO. I’ve never played this game, but I loved having a resource for foods and basic recipes that the people of Middle Earth might cook and eat, and I plan on referring to it frequently for cooking inspiration!

One of the dishes on this list that stood out to me was “Mince and Taters,” which is made of leeks, beef, carrot, taters, and herbs. Since this is a rather rustic dish, and since it has several root vegetables in it, I thought it might be something that the ol’ Gaffer would cook up. This is basic Shire fare at its very best, and it’s incredibly simple to make.

Fandom Foodies is hosted this month by Bryton Taylor of In Literature. We’ll be linking up Hobbit and Lord of the Rings recipes all month!

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Gaffer's Mince and Tater Hash - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 leek sliced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 3 large potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried basil

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pan on the stove.

  2. Transfer the cooked beef to a bowl. Set aside.

  3. Add the veggies to the pan, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Return the ground beef to the pan, and add seasonings. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.

 

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Ent Draught – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ent Draught - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

As Merry and Pippin found out, the ent draught is a powerful beverage. There are several different versions, each infused with a different type of magic. Some are light and refreshing, and others are deep and nourishing.

While I have no ent magic at my disposal, I created a drink that might be the closest thing a human being can get to an ent draught without entering Middle Earth. Peppermint tea gives a leafy green color and refreshing taste to invigorate the mind, and real maple syrup gives it a little something “tree-ish” while making the draught sweet to the taste.

This ent draught is simple in its ingredients, but the amount of flavoring added is entirely up to your tastes. If you want a stronger, more fortifying draught, steep the tea longer and add a little more maple syrup. For a more refreshing taste, go light on the flavoring. Always serve the ent draught cold, however. This is how it feels and tastes when it is fresh from the springs.

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Ent Draught - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 peppermint tea bags
  • 3 Tbsp. real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Heat the water in a kettle.

  2. Steep the tea bags in the hot water for about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the tea bags, and stir in the maple syrup.

  4. Refrigerate in a closed glass container for several hours.

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Bilbo’s Sponge Cake – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

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“We’re all right! I’ve just found some sponge cake.”

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bilbos Sponge Cake - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

I’ve watched The Fellowship of the Ring so many times I’ve lost count. I can practically recite the whole thing beginning to end, but something magical happened when I watched it for the first time with my “foodie glasses.” I decided to turn on the subtitles just to make sure I didn’t miss any food references, and boy am I glad I did!

When Gandalf arrives at Bag End in the beginning of the movie, Bilbo bustles off to gather food for tea time. While Gandalf looks around the house at the maps and different things, Bilbo is in the background muttering about what to fix for Gandalf. Out of the dozens and dozens of times I’ve watched this movie, I’ve not paid any attention to what Bilbo is actually saying because it’s so muffled and not the focus of the scene. But with the subtitles on, I was able to see all the good food Bilbo is muttering about.

Most of the food is the same as what’s listed in The Hobbit book during the “Unexpected Party,” such as chicken and pickles and apple tart. But then, Bilbo speaks the little line quoted at the top of this post. Sponge cake! I thought that sounded lovely, so I set out to recreate what I thought the sponge cake Bilbo found would have been like, since we never actually see it on screen.

Lord of the Rings Sponge Cake

I researched English sponge cake (since the food in Middle Earth is so close to English food…I wonder why! ūüėČ ) and found all sorts of recipes for Victoria sponge cake. This is a traditional tea-time English sponge cake that became popular in Victorian times, hence the name. The cake always has jam sandwiched in the middle, and more recently it usually also has whipped cream inside, though that part is optional.

I adapted this “Victoria sandwich” recipe, and the resulting cake was so scrumptious, I could hardly believe it. So, do yourself a favor and serve Bilbo’s sponge cake at your next tea party.

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Bilbo's Sponge Cake - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 cup whipped cream optional
  • extra powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Mix together the eggs, powdered sugar, flour, butter, salt, and baking powder until smooth.

  2. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan well, and distribute the cake batter dough evenly in the pan.

  3. Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

  4. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.

  5. When the cake is completely cool, use a serrated knife to slice the cake in half horizontally.

  6. Take the top layer off of the cake, and spread the jam evenly across the bottom layer.

  7. Distribute the whipped cream evenly across the jam, and replace the top layer of the cake, sandwiching the jam and whipped cream in the middle.

  8. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar before serving. I like to use a powdered sugar shaker to make it quick and easy.

Recipe Notes

Once again, the whipped cream is optional, but I think it adds something special to the cake.

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Rustic Bread Recipe – For Fantasy Feasts

rustic bread recipe

This recipe today is not based off of any specific story, but an overall genre: fantasy! Fantasy is definitely my favorite genre in books, movies, and even video games. In pretty much every fantasy food scene, you’ll see some type of rustic bread. So, to help round out your fantasy feasts, I made some rustic bread! I adapted this crusty homemade bread recipe, and it turned out awesome.

As you can see from the photo, this bread works best when you tear off chunks rather than slicing it. Serve it with your favorite meats and cheeses, or just slather it with butter and jam. The possibilities are endless!

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Rustic Bread Recipe - For Fantasy Feasts

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

  2. Leave the dough in the bowl, and allow it to rise for 1 hour.

  3. Punch the dough down and form it into a ball shape.

  4. Place the dough ball onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.

  5. Cover the dough loosely with a towel, and allow it to rise for another hour.

  6. Cut a slit in the top of the dough ball with a sharp knife.

  7. Cover the dough loosely with aluminum foil, and bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes.

  8. Remove the foil, and bake for 25 minutes more, or until the bread is a deep golden brown color.

 

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Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes Recipe

It has been remarked by some that hobbits’ only real passion is for food—a rather unfair observation, as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe weed.

-The Fellowship of the Ring-

There are few movies that I like equally as well as the books from which they were adapted. The Lord of the Rings fits nicely into that category, though. I adore these movies just as much as the books, and I think it’s because they capture the spirit of the books so well.

One of my favorite scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring is the chapter titled, “Concerning Hobbits.” This scene makes me feel all warm and snuggly. The Shire is one of my favorite lands in Middle Earth, and I’ve given a lot of thought as to why that is. I think I love the concept that beauty and contentment can be found in a simple life. I feel like I can identify a lot with hobbits. “Where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet.” There’s nothing I like more than getting cozy in the peace and quiet of my own home with a select few close friends and family. But, I do love a good adventure once in a while to shake things up, which is probably why Bilbo Baggins is one of my very favorite literary characters of all time. He’s a got an adventurous side that’s tempered a bit by his introversion. Just like me!

In the “Concerning Hobbits” scene, we see the hobbits setting up for Bilbo’s birthday party. Among these preparations, a hobbit snatches a cupcake off a tray being carried to the party. I wanted to recreate these cupcakes as an ode to one of my favorite scenes in The Lord of the Rings.

Now, I have a confession to make: I am terrible at making cakes from scratch. I mean, absolutely terrible. This is something I’m working on, but I’m still not confident enough in making cakes to provide you with an elaborate cake recipe here on this blog. I usually just stick with boxed cake mixes, so for this recipe I’ll just say to use either a boxed yellow cake mix or your favorite yellow cake recipe.

On the other hand, I¬†love¬†making frosting from scratch, so you’ll find my favorite chocolate frosting recipe below. Combine the yellow cupcakes with this frosting and some rainbow sprinkles, and you’ve got cupcakes fit for any eleventy-first birthday party.

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • Yellow cupcakes
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Pour in the milk one Tbsp. at a time until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. You may not need it all.
  4. Frost the yellow cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
  5. Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles generously on top of the frosting.
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Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

…the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came–a loud knock.

-The Hobbit

Buttered Scones - A Hobbit Recipe

Here we are revisiting Bilbo’s “Unexpected Party” again. It’s a good thing those dwarves were so hungry, or else we wouldn’t have so many yummy foods to emulate!

Hot buttered scones are one of the simpler menu items at this party, but I wanted to get the recipe right, so I did some research. I’ve never been to the UK, but apparently those triangular things you get from cafes here in the US aren’t authentic scones. In fact, “real” scones seem to be a great deal similar to what we in America call “biscuits,” only sweeter. I found this recipe for Afternoon Tea Scones written by someone who actually used to live in the UK and goes back to visit often, so I knew it had to be authentic! I adapted the recipe slightly to better fit the narrative of The Hobbit.

Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter, for brushing

Directions

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. Cut the butter into several small pieces, and drop the pieces into the flour mixture.
  3. Using your fingers, rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until it forms a crumbly texture.
  4. Add the egg and buttermilk, and mix until just combined.
  5. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and pat it into a flat disk, about 1/2 an inch high.
  6. Cut out scones in a circular shape. You can use a circle cookie or biscuit cutter, but I just used a drinking glass.
  7. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  8. Brush the scones with melted butter.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until the scones turn golden brown.

These yummy scones are a great simple pleasure. Enjoy them with butter, jam, clotted cream, or whatever you fancy.¬†Hopefully you won’t have to share them with any dwarves!

 

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Bifur’s Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Bifur's Apple Tart - The Hobbit Recipe

When Bilbo finds himself hosting an “unexpected party” of dwarves (plus one wizard), he scurries around gathering food items to serve his guests. As each dwarf appears on his doorstep, he requests a new food item. Bifur requests “raspberry jam and apple tart.”

Though in the context of the book, I think Bifur was asking for raspberry jam¬†and apple tart separately, I decided to combine them! When I found this¬†recipe for a rustic apple tart, it called for a few Tablespoons of apricot preserves. When I read this, I knew instantly that I wanted to incorporate Bifur’s request and change the apricot preserves to raspberry jam.

The resulting apple tart turned out beautifully. The red color of the jam made the tart more visually stunning, and it added a depth of flavor that made me want to eat this entire apple tart in one sitting.

Bifur’s Raspberry Jam and Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/3 cup ice-cold water
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut¬†into thin slices
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam, melted

Directions

  1. Add the 1 1/2 cups of flour, the salt, and the cold butter to a food processor, and pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
  2. Add the cold water, and pulse for a few more seconds until combined (the mixture will still be a bit crumbly).
  3. Pour the crumbly dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a few seconds until the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Flatted the ball of dough, and roll it out in a round shape until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Place the dough round onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp. of sugar with 1 Tbsp. of flour.
  7. Sprinkle the sugar/flour mixture onto the dough round.
  8. Place the apple slices on top of the flour/sugar mixture. Arrange them in a circular overlapping pattern, leaving a couple inches of dough free around the edges.
  9. Fold over the edges of the dough, overlapping the apples a bit.
  10. Brush the melted butter on top of the apples.
  11. Sprinkle the top of the tart with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of sugar.
  12. Chill the tart in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  13. Bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour. If the tart starts to get too brown before the hour is up, place a layer of aluminum foil on top to keep it from burning.
  14. Brush the melted raspberry jam on top of the cooked tart, and allow it to cool slightly.

This apple tart was so easy to make, but it still looked beautiful and tasted amazing. It made me want to plan a trip to the Misty Mountains. If only…

 

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Bilbo Baggins’ Seed Cake Recipe – The Hobbit

“…I don’t mind some cake—seed-cake, if you have any.”

“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering…and he found himself scuttling off…to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel.

-The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins Seedcake Recipe Hobbit Lord of the Rings

Here we go with another recipe from my very favorite book of all time. I’ve seen and tried many recipes for Bilbo’s seed cake and have never liked them much. Most recipes out there are very authentic to the type of seed cake that Tolkien likely meant, which is caraway seed cake. I think it’s wonderful that these food bloggers and cookbook authors want to be authentic, but I much prefer poppy seed cake to caraway seed cake.

Years ago, when the first Hobbit movie came to theaters, Denny’s ran a promotion in which they offered a Hobbit-themed menu. Being the total nerds that we are, my husband and I drove 45 minutes to the nearest Denny’s just to eat Hobbit food! One of the items on the menu was French-toasted lemon poppy seed cake with a cream cheese glaze. It was so yummy!

For my recipe, I decided to go somewhere in between the authentic caraway seed cake and the totally inauthentic lemon poppy seed French toast, and I found a great sweet spot! I adapted this recipe for poppy seed cake from Food Network.

Bilbo Baggins’ Seed Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into a round cake pan (or several round cake pans if you’re making smaller cakes).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until done in the middle.

When I took these cute round cakes out of the oven, I really felt like a hobbit! And I had just as much fun eating the cake as I did making it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

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