I can’t say enough about this phenomenal television series. And, for serious, yinz guys, why aren’t you watching it yet?
I absolutely love Hannibal. It has all the trademarks of a show that I would be totally down with (see also: Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Six Feet Under, American Horror Story)
- Weird dreams
- Batshit insane characters
- Mad crazy sexual tension
- Pretty people in pretty clothes
- Bizarre ways to die!
- Amazing guest stars
- Spooky music
- Great sound design
Plus, there is Scully.
And, I want to say that Mads Mikkelsen KILLS IT as Hannibal Lecter. He’s the best. Suck it, Hopkins! #SorryNotSorry
So, those are the meats that I bought last weekend.
And yes, oxtails or beef kidney or pig feet (especially the pig feet–heeeeey, Mason Verger!) would have been appropriate, but I decided to go with a dish from my copy of the Playboy’s Host and Bar Book by Thomas Mario (1971 edition).
OK, this may gross you out. Because raw meat. But it’s a good way to introduce steak tartare to those who’ve tasted raw beef!
This doesn’t weird me out because I always taste my meatball mixtures raw to make sure the seasoning is just so AND my Pap Pap was a fan of a Cannibal Sandwich, which I think was just ground beef, salt, and pepper on white bread. And that sounds delicious to me. Is that so wrong?
So, no, I had no qualms about making an uncooked dish.
I couldn’t find a Burgundy, other than big Carlo Rossi jugs, so I went with a Pinot Noir (it was French!). I’m not hating on big Carlo Rossi jugs, because I can make a mean Sangria out of those. But aside from the wine sub, I just halved the recipe and followed it to the T.
I also made my own rye Melba rounds because I had some rye bread in the freezer.
So, here they are. AND THEY ARE DELICIOUS.
Meat? Good. Wine? Good. Capers? Love ’em. Parsley? I grew my own!
Of course, they should be served with a Mason Verger Martini (tears of children optional). Or, perhaps a nice Chianti. (but that should be saved for liver and Fava beans).
I chose a red background, because BLOOD. But my snowflake plate because it’s always snowing. The show is shot in Canada (see also: The X-Files).
I baked some of the meatballs for those of you who may be squeamish or what not.
They were good, but the cooking made them really salty. Raw is the way to go.
Want to see some of the other Hannibal-approved dishes I’ve made? And by Hannibal-approved, I mean anything involving organ meats, check these out: