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Binging with Babish: Game of Thrones

October 11, 2019


“Thank you.” “Your mother always had a sweet tooth you know?” “Look, the pie!” “You’re going to die for some chickens?” “Someone is.” Hey, what’s up guys, and welcome back to Binging with Babish, where this week, we’re taking on the often nefarious foods from Game of Thrones (while trying to make as few double entendres as possible). We’re going to start with some Purple Wedding Pigeon Pie, which involves a lot of butchering, something made easier by a moist paper towel placed underneath your cutting board. This immobilizes the board, and makes it a whole lot easier to carve up these squabs, or domestic pigeons. The thighs on these birds are pretty much useless, so we’re going to clean breasts off of the carcasses, saving them for some really funky stock. On to some wild boar. All this butchering is making me thirsty, and I can’t think of a more appropriate beer than one actually like, licensed by HBO. (I mean come on here, how accurate can I get?) Trim the silver skin off the boar, and cut it into similarly sized chunks. Last but not least, a whole rabbit. In this case, deboned. This is going to be the most mild flavor of all the meats, we don’t want to overwhelm the pie with gaminess. And now on to the seasonings. We’re going to season each of these meats differently so we get different flavors in each layer of the pie. With the rabbit I’m going to use sautéed mushrooms, crushed garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, some kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. Mix that up good to evenly distribute the spices and next up we’re going to do the wild boar. This layer we’re going to do with sautéed onions, garlic, and sage, along with, of course, salt and freshly ground pepper. And of course this is a pigeon pie, So we’re going to do the pigeon two different ways. The first way with chopped cherries, sautéed onions, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. This is going to be the bottom layer of the pie, because I want to keep the cherry flavors isolated. For the remaining half the pigeon, we’ll use sautéed apples, sautéed onions, a ton of sage, and a hint of rosemary. Next up the hot water crust. Hot water crust starts with 16 ounces of all-purpose flour three and a half ounces of bread flour, and a pinch of salt. Whisk together and bring 6 ounces of lard and 7 ounces of water to a boil and add to the flour mixture. Mix together with a wooden spoon, for a bit of medieval flair, until a crumbly dough forms and then, once it’s cool enough to touch, knead until a smooth, tacky dough forms. Very liberally grease up a springform mold with lard and generously coat with flour. The last you want the world is this thing to stick to the mold. Roll out about two-thirds of your dough to maybe a 22 inch circle that we’re then going to drape over top of the mold using the old… “dough on the rolling… pin”… trick (whatev- whatever this is called). Press and patch it into every corner until you’re sure you have a watertight seal and begin filling with first the cherry pigeon layer, followed by a sort of bacon divider, then the wild boar layer, and another bacon divider. This is a recipe you definitely don’t need to follow to the letter. You can have fun with the different fruits and flavors that you put in each one of these layers. I’m going apple-pigeon third and mushroom rabbit last. Roll out a little dough lid for your pie and crimp it shut as you would a… pie. Then optionally, you can use your remaining dough to cut out a few little decorations that we’re going to put around the very necessary steam hole in the center of our pie lid. If you don’t put the steam hole in there, this thing’s going to explode. Not literally, but it’s going to crack open. You don’t want that. Put it in a 400°F oven after brushing all over with a beaten egg for about 30 minutes before turning the temperature down to 320°F and cooking for an additional hour and a half, or until the internal temperature registers 165°F. Hack off any edges of the pie crust that would prevent it from getting out of the mold and after chilling overnight, or at least letting cool for a couple hours, remove it from the mold and slice in half so you can get the cross-section to end all cross-sections. Hack yourself off a kingly portion and I recommend serving with a little bit of grain mustard and some good red wine laced with just a little bit of strychnine if you’re looking to make a power move to your next dinner party. Now, overall, I really enjoyed each of these meats. The wild boar was a lot less gamey that I thought it was going to be and the cherries and apples worked very well with the pigeon. The rabbit wasn’t bringing much to the party but it was nice to take a break from these strong flavors every once in a while. [coughing from poison] I’m fine. It’s nothing. Now on the opposite end of the financial spectrum of Westeros, we’re going to go with Dothraki blood pie. This starts with a pound of finely diced pork fat that we’re going to saute until translucent. Then we’re going to add a whole diced Spanish onion and saute for an additional 10 minutes or until the onions are very soft. We’re then going to set those aside to cool completely. Now we’re obviously not going to use real blood in blood pie, so what are we going to use? Raspberries or red food coloring? I’m just kidding. We’re using pig’s blood. Start by adding 1/2 a cup of rolled oats to the sauteed onions and fat along with a 1/2 teaspoon each of Cayenne pepper, paprika, smoked paprika, a bit of salt and pepper, and freshly grated nutmeg, and one cup of heavy cream. I know they probably don’t have much heavy cream in Essos, but, you know, give me a break. Straining two cups of blood through a fine-mesh sieve and it’s showtime. Hey guys can we also call this Klingon blood pie? So it’d kill two birds with one stone here? Because I really don’t want to try  (gagh).
[Klingon blood pie is called   (ro’qegh ‘Iwchab), get it right Andrew!] Stir the blood mixture together until homogeneous and it’s time to prepare a standard pie crust. If you want to see my pie crust recipe check out my pie crust video: it’s apple pie. We’re pounding and rolling that out to about an 18 inch round and then lifting it up with our trusty… …trick. Draping it over a standard 10 inch pie plate and trimming to size. We’re foregoing any frilly decorations, because that’s what the Dothraki would do, or maybe just because I’m really tired from the last pie. But we are going to blind bake it for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees before adding… Well, you can just tell yourself it’s some delicious raspberry filling. But then going to bake this for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until it is just beginning to set, so we can add some meager decorations that might make this a little bit more palpable. We’re going to start with goat cheese (5 big ol’ dollops) and some halved figs. We’re then going to return this to the oven for 10 minutes or until the goat cheese and figs have softened. I know you can’t wait to dig into this thing, but let it cool for 1 hour before cutting a slice and coming to the realization that this is essentially just black pudding in pie form, so it’s actually not that gross and could be pretty tasty. Garnish with some black sea salt (because it looks badass), And it’s time to dig in. The verdict? It’s actually pretty good. It could have been spiced a bit more liberally, so the recipe on the website will reflect that, but it didn’t taste like blood at all; it tasted like meat. That being said, I wanted to end the day on a slightly more delicate note, so it’s time to go lemon cakes. Starting with eight and a half ounces of flour, a teaspoon each of baking soda and baking powder, and a teaspoon of salt. Whisk together and set aside while we cream together a cup of sugar and a half cup of butter. This is about as standard as a cake recipe gets. Starting off by creaming together the sugar and fat before adding eggs one at a time, creaming in between each egg t(hree eggs in total). The base here is a white sponge cake but we’re going to add the zest and juice of two lemons. Throw another in there if you want it to be extra lemon-y. Add the dry ingredients and mix slowly until well combined before adding a cup of buttermilk. We’re then going to beat that together on medium-high speed for about three minutes or until it’s light and fluffy before liberally buttering, flouring, and parchment-ing a 9×13 inch casserole. Add the cake batter, spread evenly, and place in a 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a tester emerges clean. In the meantime, we’re to make some candied lemon slices. Start by combining a cup of sugar and a half cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer before adding a dozen or so lemon slices making sure you’ve gotten all the seeds out. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they’re very soft and cool on a parchment lined baking sheet. Next up, a couple of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a cup of sugar, and three large eggs that are going to get whisked constantly over medium-low heat. Adding a full stick of butter after about the first two minutes. We’re then going to continue to whisk it constantly over medium-low heat or until lemon curd forms. This stuff is delicious. Keep it in your fridge and make sure the seatbelts on your taste buds are securely fastened. Let this cool off in the fridge for an hour while we also simultaneously cool off our cake. We’re going to run a small knife around the edge before and inverting it onto a wire rack. Remove the parchment paper, take some nibbles off the left-hand side of the cake, and use a small biscuit cutter to cut adorable little cakes that you can just picture at a High Garden tea party. Top with a generous spoonful of our lemon curd and garnish with a candied lemon slice, and it’s time to try a bite now. These are super delicious, super simple little cakes. They’re the perfect thing to munch on whilst weaving a twisted web of sex, murder, lies, power, and occasionally surprising you by killing off a main character. [Show in background]: ‘You know nothing Jon Snow.’ ANDREW [in thick British accent]: You know nothing Jon Snow. ‘She’s right you don’t.’ ANDREW [still heavy accent]: She’s right. [In American surfer accent]: She’s right, man. You totally don’t. You don’t know anything, Jon. Jon, you don’t know anything. You don’t know.. you… You know, nothing, man! Jon! [Laughing] You don’t know jack, man.

100 Comments

  • Reply metallicarocks911 July 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Why did he even put strychnine in the red wine? Let alone drink it?

  • Reply Dolphinboi July 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    That's a huge beef wellington

  • Reply J4NB0 July 8, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Food of Thrones

  • Reply 117_907 July 9, 2019 at 3:10 am

    “Let’s finish with lemon cakes”
    Sansa has entered the chat

  • Reply Infinitum July 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I think all the food at Kings Landing was burned

  • Reply Annabelle White July 9, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    No one wants gauk

  • Reply Nowylover! July 10, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Staring at the thumbnail-
    that looks so bad for you i want one

  • Reply Marc Andrei July 10, 2019 at 11:15 am

    4:40 its not acc disgusting in romania we have a sausage made out of blood and its delicious

  • Reply GXT PWC July 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I like it how babish literally fails first just to show you not what to do R.I.P to the people copying him step by step.

  • Reply pyqxyl July 12, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Wow! Cooking "Game of Thrones"? That is a delicious dish.

  • Reply Ariadlus Daedaladne Enigmus Proximo July 12, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I wanna know what's Cersei's go-to wine to sip after blowing up buildings…

  • Reply monskingee July 12, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    This is a job for Pyrex

  • Reply Julie Stevens July 12, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Basil is one of my favorite herbs for rabbit. Especially for frying the livers (I put it in the dredging flour along with salt, pepper and garlic powder).

  • Reply Drayson200taco July 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    You can turn blood into meat if you can somehow manipulate the proteins inside of the blood like cooking it or something

  • Reply Lucy Casablancas July 14, 2019 at 2:15 am

    where do I get the blood? the guy at Kroger looked at me weird

  • Reply The South July 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I think my rabbit named Thumper don’t like this.

  • Reply No Name July 16, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    1:19

    wait its that MICE, is that MICE. ohw its mushroom.

  • Reply Benjamin Havens July 17, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I'm still waiting on that Star Trek video!

  • Reply Archer Dark July 17, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    1:28 Kosher-salt to rabbit meat? What an oxymoron!

  • Reply Pleo July 18, 2019 at 3:37 am

    No kosher salt in this recipe

  • Reply Nemo TheEight July 18, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Fun fact: actually living birds pie was real on feasts some time ago. One author claimed that cooks than was so pro thy could bake it witouuh killing birds. Obviously not true, that's impossible. They usually made hole in baked pie put sleeping birds than fix hole and send whole stuff on feast.

  • Reply Carter Hearst July 20, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    That is not how you hold a fork.

  • Reply Eric Woytasek July 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Anything with blood as an ingredient is just a big scab and I refuse to eat it.

  • Reply Hans Goris July 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    WTF 3:57?? I'm watching muted….

  • Reply Allison July 24, 2019 at 5:54 am

    That pig blood almost made me vomit

  • Reply Me blossom123 July 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Hey can I just tell you one thing I think you need to keep on getting onto the recommended because it’s how I found you .I subscribed to you I liked your every video and I actually lov yu And your sooo funny 😂🤙🥩

  • Reply j soo July 26, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    No Bowl of Brown?

  • Reply Smiley. July 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    What’s a game of thrones?🤔

  • Reply ionicafardefrica July 29, 2019 at 3:44 am

    fun fact -I don't know why, but i really don't like rosemary. I can't stand it even in sausage or smoked meat. I can't explain it, but the smallest hint turns me off

  • Reply dat boi July 30, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Fuck D&D

  • Reply Unknownsoldier July 31, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Love all your videos.
    Great to see the end results.
    Keep it up.

  • Reply Katelyn Rowley August 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Fuck all those dislikes 😂

  • Reply N'gis Stemeveiche August 1, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Pigs blood? Really?

    Nah not for me bro

  • Reply bean quac August 2, 2019 at 1:30 am

    i will die happy knowing i never let someone peer presure me into watching game of thrones ever

  • Reply Eliezer Y'Israel August 2, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    No just no

  • Reply thefreckledfox August 2, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    As for the Klingon qagh, earthworms are actually high in protein, iron, and amino acids, and also contain calcium and a few other necessary nutrients. The worms do require thorough preparation to make them properly clean for Human consumption, and most people would probably prefer them cooked, but I would enjoy an episode with them. Then there's also mealworms, also an edible option. Either way, serve it with some mezcal and eat that worm too. (Actually, I tried that one and was disappointed by its texture and lack of flavor, but it still seems appropriate for this challenge.)

  • Reply Gaurav Gupta - GTPL August 3, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Which Beer is this?

  • Reply Chris Welcome August 3, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Okay, so the blended person didn't work out that well.. I'm going to substitute it with pork

  • Reply XxQ0an T6anxX August 4, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    pigeons rice soup is delicious

  • Reply XxQ0an T6anxX August 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I have eaten thousand of blood cakes but..
    blood pie…
    that’s a whole new level

  • Reply poem founder CJ August 5, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    filipinos,did you guys notice that the blood pie looked like dinuguan(hindi ko marunong mag spelling/I dont know how to spell it)

  • Reply Athicuss August 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    hello european here so basically WHAT is sartae

  • Reply Morgan Sites August 6, 2019 at 4:08 am

    I’m sorry but I can’t be the only one who didn’t know that people eat – or even butcher – pigeons.

  • Reply Akinlana Clarke August 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Those lemon cakes were GOD LIKE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Takata Cheroki August 8, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Wait… "Black Pudding" is made of blood?! o_o'

  • Reply Kira Gabrielle August 9, 2019 at 5:35 am

    If you ever do another GOT episode, can you pleeeeeease make the wolf-shaped bread?

  • Reply Gabe Bahen August 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Wait, (stupid question incoming) could vegetarians drink blood?
    I mean, it’s not meat. And they drink milk, right? Which comes from the inside of an animal, and blood is just another liquid from the animal….?

  • Reply He He August 13, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Pig's blood is a staple in Philippines lel

  • Reply 1st GA Co. B Blondie August 16, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Blood pie 🤢

  • Reply Aidan playz August 17, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    YOU CAN EAT PIGEON?!?!

  • Reply Alex Duke August 17, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Nothing says yummy like lard

  • Reply Alex Duke August 17, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    IDK about you but I would do terribly terribly dirty dirty things with the Targaryen queen danny.i wouldn't have killed her I would have continued to fuck her and been the king by being her husband. She is absolutely purely beautiful

  • Reply Fares Asad August 21, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I fucking ate blood

  • Reply don roitteri August 21, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Frey pies from book 5

  • Reply Shyre August 23, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Y O U D O N ' T K N O W J A C K , M A N

  • Reply Blue Beka August 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    He is actully cooking pigeons? Yup, i'm done. I remember the blood cake too! 😓

  • Reply Tyler Newman August 23, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    "If you're looking to make a power move…"

    I laughed so hard.

  • Reply odie oconnor August 25, 2019 at 5:15 am

    You should do some vegan stuff

  • Reply inmydarkesthour 22 August 26, 2019 at 12:47 am

    I'm sure it's delicious but it's my worst nightmare lol

  • Reply Designguide.tv August 26, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I gained 5 pounds just from watching this show, delicious

  • Reply Sidhantha neogi August 27, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I have a pet rabbit.

  • Reply Najma Abdullahi August 27, 2019 at 9:18 am

    You forgot to cook walder frey’s sons 🙁

  • Reply Zamile Zuma August 27, 2019 at 11:17 am

    I literally only watch your videos cause you're funny🤣

  • Reply varškėsapkepas August 27, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Blood pie looks excellent.

  • Reply Todor Popov August 28, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    "strain two cups of blood" nice lemme just got o the market real quick

  • Reply CalvinMousse August 29, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Can't wait for Arya Stark's special pie

  • Reply Kukku Atts August 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Thank God it's Hindu friendly… I was afraid it was gonna be another beef shit that I could never make

  • Reply Elie • August 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Oh boy I admire him for making these recipes 😭 I think I would've puked while making that blood pie

  • Reply Krawurxus August 31, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I just love how so many Americans lose their mind at the thought of using blood and/or organs in cooking. Exactly what is the big deal with that?

  • Reply ADRTheGreatBall September 5, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    You deserve an award for eating this, the bear from RDR, and the every meat burrito. 🤮

  • Reply Exodia Exodia September 6, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I’m calling the police

  • Reply antonio femia September 6, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Anything blood based can go to hell.

  • Reply SolidSilhouette September 6, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Ahh, but there is the blood bisque and blood gelato from True Blood.

  • Reply It's Alright September 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    dont think the dothraki had any of them seasonings

  • Reply wade Wilson September 8, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Dude you said a bit of strichnign in your wine were you dropping acid???

  • Reply amd098 September 9, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Thank goodness all the recipes were from before season 8, since that just tasted like disappointment.

  • Reply Chimp Scape September 11, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Props for including Ramsay's pork sausage with French's mustard :')

  • Reply Erotiksalamander September 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Anyone else’s Siri got activated at 6:45 ?

  • Reply Trista Ferencik September 14, 2019 at 5:56 am

    "I'm just kidding, we're using pigs' blood." 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Mimi September 17, 2019 at 7:04 am

    what am i doing here, i’m vegetarian and i don’t like got

  • Reply Mork_Skogen September 23, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Me: Huh… what is this "Strict 9" hes dripping into his wine, some BS hipster flavor enhancer?

    googles "Strict 9 wine"

    Me: Oooh myyy

  • Reply klotoz September 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Roses are red,
    violets are blue,
    I came for the thumbnail,
    so did you

  • Reply Salty Beagle September 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Who the hell dislikes his videos? Unless you dislike food, stop.

  • Reply JamesPlaysGames95 September 26, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Black pudding is my favourite food.
    So amazing to see in in a pie form

  • Reply Will Hall September 27, 2019 at 9:00 am

    My experience of rabbit is that it's kind of "meh", like fiddly, boney chicken. The blood pie looks really good but then I really black black pudding and Spanish morcillas (the same idea).

  • Reply Tim Goppelsroeder September 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    You could of used pigs blood certain places in the world use it for cooking

  • Reply Shane Musket September 27, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Babish is immune to poison.

  • Reply Anthony Nguyen September 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

    That looks like a mega chicken pot pie.😂

  • Reply Joyce K September 28, 2019 at 3:41 am

    I've had blood pie before and it high-key slaps

  • Reply sunny r. September 28, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Me, raised a vegetarian: this looks like a good video to watch

  • Reply Ciaran Sweet October 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    The music kept making tones that sounded like my phone vibrating for a call.

    aNxIetY

  • Reply Stephen M. Stouter October 3, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Better game of thrones content than the entirety of season 8

  • Reply Pandora ShadowFan69 October 3, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    That big ass meat pie is a meat lovers wet dream

  • Reply Anti-Federalist 1776 October 3, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Joeffry was killed accidentally when Joeffry stole the Tyrions lemoncake that Littlefinger had poisoned… it wasn't the wine at all.

  • Reply Reale Redlance October 8, 2019 at 4:09 am

    my gf loves it when i creme between each egg.

  • Reply Channel: Negative October 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    for ur next sub special u should do a whole lot of pigeon meat food

  • Reply asamvav October 10, 2019 at 3:46 am

    What did he put in the wine?

  • Reply hooroos stuff October 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    so that’s where that pigeon i fed went 😐

  • Reply Axelfirekirby October 10, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    that pie is the exact opisote of kosher

  • Reply Rj Peterson October 11, 2019 at 6:06 am

    "Surprising you by killing off a main character."
    Which is half a sentence, the other half being "until it happens three hundred more times and it just become boring."
    I have never seen anything so clearly coasting on cheap shock value in my life. The next Tolkien, my ass.

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