Monday, April 16, 2012

Game of Thrones Party Food: Fish a la Tully with Targaryen Dipping Sauces

The first GMX book club last week was so much fun! More than 20 people came to Flying Saucer to talk about the Game of Thrones series. And season two of the show is just getting better and better. I've been watching it with friends every Sunday. They like theme parties, and together we've been putting together some unusual and fun potluck menus... like Feast On the Boar that Killed the King. This week the theme was Dinner at the Tully House. For those of you who aren't into the series, House Tully's symbol is a leaping trout, so Keith and I made sesame-crusted escolar bites with "Targaryen" dipping sauces. The black soy-based sauce is for Drogon, Daenerys Targaryen's black dragon. The creamy green cilantro sauce is for her green dragon, Rhaegal, and the lemon aioli is for her cream-colored dragon, Viserion. Nerdy, yes. But SO tasty!

I loved it, and our friends ate it all and complimented the sauces. If you're invited to a Game of Thrones party, OR if you're just looking for a tasty fish dish, try this recipe. It was modified from this recipe that Keith found at The original recipe calls for tuna steaks, but we used escolar. Escolar is also known as butterfish, and just as it's heavy, dense, and rich as the name implies. We cut it into hors d'oeurve sized bites before cooking.

Pan-Seared Sesame Crusted Escolar Bites
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
2 pounds of escolar, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup white sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp canola oil

1. Combine the sesame seeds in a small dish and mix.
2. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper and dredge it through the seed mixture, coating evenly.
3. Heat the oil in a nonstick pan. When it begins to smoke, add the fish. Cook for one minute and turn.
4. Turn and cook for one more minute.
5. Arrange it on a pretty platter, and serve immediately with toothpicks for dipping.

Rhaegal's Creamy Cilantro Sauce
This also makes a tasty chip dip!
(recipe originally found here) 
1 or 2 serrano peppers
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice from one lime
two ounces spring mix
1 bunch of cilantro, stems and all
3 green onion stalks
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy.

Viserion's Lemon Aiolo
(recipe originally found here)
1 egg yolk
1 tsp dijon mustard
3⁄4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

1. Put the egg yolk and mustard in a food processor and pulse to combine. Turn the food processor on and slowly drizzle in the oil until the sauce is thick and creamy.
2. Stir in lemon juice and salt.

Drogon's Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp crushed hot red pepper flakes
2 tsp sesame oil
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 tsp chopped cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

It was a fun weekend, and I'm sorry it's over. On Friday, I saw Battle Royale at the Belcourt. I'd heard that The Hunger Games is a Battle Royale ripoff, but I thought the two stories were very different. Battle Royale is more explicitly violent, but often very funny. And unlike The Hunger Games, it does little to explain the social context in which the children are forced to battle. On Saturday, I celebrated my good friend Lance's birthday, and Sunday was Game of Thrones night. Phew!

In between all that, I played with Pottermore, which is just as cute, interesting, and magical as I'd hoped. Harry Potter fans, rejoice! The sorting hat, potion making, and wand shop were all designed more imaginatively than I expected. But best of all, J.K. Rowling wrote detailed backstories that never made it to the books, but you can read them at Pottermore. Professor McGonagall's story is unexpectedly sad and romantic; go explore read it and explore 4 Privet Drive, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwart's library!


  1. This is sucha great themed food Idea :) great post, I hope you will follow my blog :)


  2. INSANE! That is so creative...

    1. Thank you! It was nerdy, but lots of fun to eat. :)


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