There’s no denying it’s been quite a year for television. We begrudgingly said goodbye to Breaking Bad, shamelessly binge-watched Orange is the New Black, and traveled back to the post-Edwardian era with Downton Abbey. We sat stunned at the plot twists in House of Cards and are counting down the days until Scandal returns. Needless to say, we’ll be tuning into the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, red carpet pre-show and all, Monday night.
But let’s face it — we’re not here to talk about probable upsets or best-dressed predictions. No, we’re here to help you with the most important part of the night — the menu. Below, you’ll find five Cooking Light recipes inspired by scenes from some of our favorite nominated shows. As a bonus, all of the recipes received 5 stars from readers to make for a truly award-winning meal.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce, House of CardsAn ode to Frank Underwood, this barbecue pulled pork is the crowd-pleasing main for tonight’s dinner. The slow cooker does most of the work here, successfully creating a fork-tender roast and drawing outdoor barbecue flavor from the smoked paprika rub. Before serving, the pork is drizzled with a homemade bourbon sauce — and if that doesn't satisfy your Freddy’s cravings, I’m not sure what will. If sliders are more your style, we've got a recipe for those, too.
Grilled Corn on the Cob, Orange Is The New BlackThis dish is dedicated to Litchfield inmate Boo, who we first met smuggling corn and a saltshaker into movie night in Season One. Because Boo keeps it simple with her seasonings, we chose one of our most basic (yet delicious!) grilled corn recipes as our side dish. Soaked in salt water before getting a turn on the grill, this corn will surely get high marks.
Cherry-Peach Sangria, ScandalIf there’s one thing stable in Olivia Pope’s crisis-filled life, it’s her spot on the couch with an oversized glass of wine. While the Emmy-nominated protagonist tends to pour herself a nice red, we think this occasion calls for something a bit more summery. Our white wine sangria is full of juicy fruit, sprigs of fresh herbs, bubbly club soda, and a good dose of brandy.
Classic Scones, Downton AbbeyA formal dinner from the Downton Abbey era slightly intimidates us, what with the elaborate place settings and upwards of 20 courses. Instead, we took our inspiration from afternoon teatime, when lighter fare such as scones was served. Our classic recipe isn’t overly sweet, so these scones are a welcomed addition to a dinnertime meal. Serve them with homemade strawberry jam — or better yet, some clotted cream.
Nathan’s Lemon Cake, Game of ThronesGame of Thrones-inspired food has certainly become a hit with fans — in fact, there’s an entire cookbook dedicated to the series. To ensure the night ends on a sweet note, we're channeling Sansa Stark and her weakness for lemon cakes. With grated lemon rind and freshly-squeezed lemon juice in both the cake and the icing, this recipe is worthy of its own winged award.