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Elizabethan Dinner Party April 22, 2012 12:00 AM | Tagged as Birthday, dinner, family, family activities, recipes, Shakespeare
Well, it is finally here. William Shakespeare’s 448th Birthday was on April 23, 2012. Each year I have a fun Elizabethan dinner party for my family to commemorate Shakespeare’s work and I wanted to share the menu, recipe’s, and a few pictures of this years with you!
We always have it outside so the party will have a more pastoral feel to it. However, here in Arizona, Mother Nature decided to have our first 100°+ days this weekend and on Saturday, when we had the dinner, the temps reached 104°! Did this deter us? NO! By the time we began at 6 pm it was actually quite a pleasant 94°. I had everything pretty much set up in the morning and had been cooking most of Friday and finished up on Saturday morning so I was ready to party.
Anyway, the set up is always fun. I have one display table with books and posters so the family can learn about Shakespeare and his career as a playwright. Then I have several activities prepared for the kids to keep them occupied between the seven courses of the dinner. This year I added a large castle and a life size cutout of the birthday boy that they could have their picture taken with him if they chose to. Some of these activities are; ink and quill pen to write their own poems, making a family or personal coat of arms, creating a sentence using Elizabethan words, putting on a puppet show, but the favorite activity is always the sword fighting.
For the meal, I love to dress up in my “wench” costume and serve it to my guests. Here is the menu we had this year:
Cheese curds, sliced apples and grapes
Mushy Pea soup
Boiled Artichokes in butter
Onion Stuffed Cornish Games Hens
Smoked Turkey legs
Broiled Herbed Potatoes
Sticky Toffee Pudding with fresh cream
Ale (carbonated apple juice) or Whyte Grape Juice
The great thing about this menu is that as I mentioned above, all of it can be prepped in advance. Everyone seemed to enjoy the meal but I really got raves about the Smoked Turkey legs which was a new recipe I found online by one of my favorite chefs, Bobby Flay. Here is the recipe:
Smoked Turkey Legs
Recipe courtesy Cheryl and Bill Jamison
Prep Time: 30 min
Inactive Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 4 hr 0 min
Serves: 6 servings (I had 24 drum sticks so I 4 x’s the recipe)
Several hours before planning on barbecuing, loosen the skin on the turkey legs by running your fingers under it as far as possible without tearing the skin.
Combine the Worcestershire sauce and the oil. Coat your fingers with the mixture and rub really well into the turkey legs, getting as much as you can under the skin. Sprinkle the dry rub over the skin, liberally rubbing into the turkey legs and under the skin. Place the legs in plastic bags and refrigerate.
Prepare the smoker for barbecuing, bringing the temperature to 200 to 220 degrees F. Remove the turkey legs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Re-warm the mop mixture over low heat.
Transfer the turkey legs to the smoker. Cook until the legs are very tender and the juices run clear, about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Mop the legs at 45-minute intervals in a wood-burning pit, or as appropriate for your style of smoker. Serve the legs hot, to be eaten with your fingers, with a side of barbecue sauce.
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
Combine the mop ingredients in a small saucepan and warm the mixture over low heat.
*(to simplify, I just used a plain chipotle BQ sauce from the store, and it was wonderful!)
We had a great time together and my family, even though they are not huge Shakespeare fans like I am love to have this celebration each year and maybe it will convert some of them eventually!