The Hunger Games: Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Apple Cider

A review of “Propos Grilled Cheese Sandwich” and “Finnick and Annie’s Wedding Apple Cider” from The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook.

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Propos Grilled Cheese Sandwich

“Cheese sandwiches are passed around and we eat them in the shade of the tree.” – Mockingjay, Chapter 9

Ok, let’s be honest.  There’s only so much you can do with a grilled cheese sandwich.

It’s cheese between two slices of bread, with butter slathered on the outside of each bread slice, cooked over the stove in a pan until the bread is brown and crispy and the cheese is melted.

So how is this grilled cheese any different?

  1. The amount of butter they use.  Hint: A LOT.
  2. Using sour dough bread (instead of whatever other bread you normally use in your grilled cheese).

They also used cheddar cheese…but I’m assuming most people are already using cheddar cheese in their grilled cheese sandwiches.

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This was delicious and perfect and I ended up making four sandwiches instead of two because we loved them so much!

Taste: 10/10

You can’t really go wrong with bread, cheese, and butter!20180429_165341

Difficulty: Easy

It’s a grilled cheese sandwich, so of course it’s very easy to make!

Cost: Cheap – Average

Costs here are sour dough bread, cheddar cheese, and butter.  Cost to you will depend on what you already have in your fridge.

Suggestion:

Keep the butter at room temperature a couple of hours before you make the sandwiches so that it is easier to spread.

Finnick and Annie’s Wedding Apple Cider

“After the kiss that seals the union, the cheers, and a toast with apple cider, the fiddler strikes up a tune that turns every head from 12.  We may have been the smallest, poorest district in Panem, but we know how to dance.” – Mockingjay, Chapter 16

20180429_165248I was a little unsure of this recipe at first, since the first ingredients is “apple cider.”  Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be making??

Turns out what we’re actually doing here is spicing up the already-existing apple cider.

It kind of seemed like taking the easy way out, but it turns out this was really good so I take it all back!

Here’s what was involved: throw all spices, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks into pot of apple cider, and bring to a boil.  Then pour (scoop, really) into cups.

Taste: 10/10

Awesome recipe!  I’d definitely make this again!

My husband mentioned “well, it’d be nice if we could make this without adding the extra sugar.”  No, the brown sugar must stay.  I think it’s a huge part of why this is so darn good!20180429_165254

Difficulty: Easy

Mix everything over the stove until heated through.

Cost: Average

You’ll need to purchase already-prepared apple cider and cinnamon sticks, and possibly some of the spices as well if you don’t already have them (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves).  You will probably already have the brown sugar.

Suggestion:

Just because they slap an “Apple Cider” sticker on apple juice, doesn’t mean it’s real apple cider.  If you can’t find actual cider, look for unfiltered or unpasteurized apple juice.  They’re essentially the same thing.

My husband always recites this fun little jingle to help remember what’s what:

If it’s clear and yella,
You got juice there, fella!
If it’s tangy and brown,
You’re in cider town.

P.S. This would be a great beverage to serve during the Christmas holidays!

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