As the saying goes, food is the way to the heart, and real-life recreations of fictional recipes are no exception. Having launched their latest Magic: The Gathering (MTG) card set Modern Horizons 2, publisher Wizards of the Coast (WotC) will be dishing out a special recipe to celebrate the occasion, modelled after one of the set’s legendary cards.
Titled “Chef’s Surprise – A Recipe From The Underworld Cookbook”, the recipe recreates a Food Token card into a delicious roasted real-life dish that serves three to four people. While Food Token cards aren’t unique to the set, this particular one was made popular by /takes a deep breath/ Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar (Asmor for short), a magical character who first appeared in lore in 1993 and made an impression due to her overly-long name.
Asmor, otherwise known as as the author of “The Underworld Cookbook” in MTG, is also chained to a Lord of the Pit under a deal, which dictates that she prepares food for the demon for seven years, or risk becoming the meal. All of her dishes, of course, belong to the realm of fiction, but WotC’s recipe is about as accurate and delicious-looking as it can get in the real world.
Here’s how to whip up the roasted delight, from its sharp fangs right down to the protruding limb of a crab.
- 2 Maryland chicken thighs bones removed and laid flat
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 onion, grated
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon grated garlic
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- Pinch of cinnamon powder
- 600g ground beef
- 5g gelatin powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A pinch of coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 daikon radish
- 10 apples
- Grapes, to taste
- Green leaves, to taste
- 1 crab leg
- Skewers, for decoration
1. Remove excess skin and fat from the Maryland chicken thighs and pierce the skin with a fork.
2. Combine all the ingredients for the chicken together in a bowl, rub thoroughly, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the stuffing and knead well until white, then refrigerate until ready to use.
4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, and place the marinated chicken thighs skin side down.
5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, and place the marinated chicken thighs skin side down.
6. Remove any browned bits of meat from the pan, add the sauce ingredients and simmer gently to make a sauce.
7. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
8. Cut the daikon into quarters (pending size of radish, may need to be thirds), then into smaller pieces to be shaped like fangs (image above). Create two sets of the fangs as shown below. One set will be used during the cooking process and the other for topping.
9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use half of the stuffing to form a round base. Place the rest of stuffing on top of the centre of the base, in between the two chicken thighs (reference image above).
10. Fill the area between the two thighs where the stuffing is visible with one set of the daikon fangs.
11. Bake in the oven at 200°C for 20 minutes.
12. Remove from the oven, brush with the sauce and bake again at 200°C for 10 minutes.
13. Remove the cooked fangs and replace them with the uncooked second set you’ve set aside.
14. Serve on a plate. Garnish with green leaves, grapes and apples.
15. Attach the fangs for finishing. Decorate with crab legs on bamboo skewers and you’re done!
Now, that’s what we call a hearty meal. The recipe has certainly come at an apt time where individuals are more willing to explore new skills, and there’s no better place for fans to start easing into the craft of cooking than this. And if you’re already proficient in the kitchen? Well, it’s time to flex your cooking prowess to your fellow MTG buddies.