The 2013 Emmy nominees are quite the prolific bunch. Come showtime, it will be exciting to watch seasoned award show veterans (Mad Men, Modern Family, Breaking Bad) go head to head with some surprising fresh faces (House of Cards, Bates Motel, Behind the Candelabra). But who would’ve guessed that the best and brightest of television were also so delicious?
As you get ready to watch the 65th Primetime Emmys this Sunday, try whipping up a tasty recipe inspired by this year’s nominees. It’s a fun way to round out your viewing experience and make you feel like you’re a part of your favorite shows. And who knows? Maybe your taste buds will end up being good luck charms!
12 Delicious Recipes Inspired by Your Favorite Emmy Nominees 1 of 13
Feast like the stars with these 12 dishes inspired by your favorite Emmy nominees, from Arrested Development to Breaking Bad!
Bates Motel | Easy Chicken Pot Pie 2 of 13
Although Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role) may have some less-than-admirable qualities (being a murderer, etc.), you have to admit she's extremely nurturing when it comes to her son. A boy's best friend is his mother, after all. Norma loves whipping up meals for her pride and joy, and this easy and comforting pot pie seems like just the sort of thing she would love. It's warm and delicious, and it's fast enough to work around your busy schedule of work and school (or, in Norma's case, hiding dead bodies).
Game of Thrones | Strawberry Heart Hand-Pies 3 of 13
Emmy nominee Emilia Clarke has had a lot of memorable scenes as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, but one particular moment that sticks out is when she eats a raw horse heart as part of a Dothraki pregnancy ritual. Most people don't have the stomach for that particular cuisine, so try these heart-shaped strawberry pies for a much more family-friendly option. They are cooked with pre-made pie crust and filling, so you hardly have to put in any work for the totally sweet final product.
Arrested Development | Frozen Bananas with Peanuts and Bacon 4 of 13
When Arrested Development returned for a fourth season reboot on Netflix, a lot of things were different from the show's original content. But one thing will remain true no matter what: there's always money in the banana stand. Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman, nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy) and his family are famous for their frozen bananas, and this particular recipe takes it to the next level. This treat is nicknamed "The Frozen Elvis" because it combines all the ingredients of the King's favorite sandwich — bananas, peanuts, and bacon. Yum!
Breaking Bad | Buttermilk Fried Chicken 5 of 13
Los Pollos Hermanos is more than just a front for Gus Fring's drug empire — if the restaurant's commercials are any indication, there is some pretty fantastic fried chicken behind those closed doors. If you want that spicy flavor without running the risk of stumbling into a meth lab, make this classic buttermilk fried chicken in the safety of your own kitchen. This recipe uses a variety of ingredients to satisfy any picky eater, including cayenne pepper for that signature Los Pollos kick.
30 Rock | Apple, Cheddar, and Ham Rolls 6 of 13
Of all the foods Liz Lemon loves (and there are a lot), cheese and ham definitely fall on the very top of the list. To celebrate 30 Rock's final season and a chance to take home some Emmy gold, whip up these simple and delicious apple, cheddar, and ham rolls. While Liz would probably pick around the healthy apples, you and your kids will love the fruity sweet-savory combo.
Behind the Candelabra | Black and White Panini 7 of 13
Behind the Candelabra (nominated for 15 Emmys!) tells the story of the final years of Liberace, one of the most famous American pianists of all time. Pianos obviously play a big part in the HBO movie, and these black and white paninis are the perfect tribute to the instrument's ebony and ivory keys. These cheesy and delicious sandwiches are elegant and unique enough to serve at any fancy party. Liberace would surely approve.
Downton Abbey | Strawberry Rhubarb Eton Mess 8 of 13
Mrs. Patmore, the cook on Downton Abbey, is constantly busy cooking up classically delicious British cuisine in her kitchen. The upstairs and downstairs residents usually have vastly different types of foods on their respective tables, but nothing brings the classes together like a perfectly executed dessert. This strawberry rhubarb Eton mess is undeniably delicious and British. Even the Dowager Countess couldn't turn her nose up at this one.
Modern Family | Cool Whip Frozen Coffee 9 of 13
Sofia Vergara plays Gloria Pritchett, the loud-mouthed and charismatic matriarch by marriage, on the Emmy favorite Modern Family. She is always talking about her Colombian heritage on the show, so this coffee-infused treat would make the perfect tribute to her roots! Frozen coffee is topped with a heaping dollop of Cool Whip, making it a perfect beverage OR dessert. You also have the option of sneaking in a shot of coffee liqueur … we have a feeling Gloria would definitely want to partake in this boozy delight!
Mad Men | Smoked Paprika Roasted Sweet Potatoes 10 of 13
There are a lot of things to take note of when watching Mad Men, a four-time Emmy winner. So what stands out the most? Is it the historical storylines or the flawless acting? Neither — it's the incessant cigarette smoking! As a nod to the constant huffing and puffing of your favorite characters, make something with a deliciously smoky flavor, like these paprika roasted sweet potatoes. They are the perfect side dish for fall and will make you feel like you are smack dab in the middle of retro Madison Avenue.
Parks and Recreation | Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Burgers 11 of 13
Are you a die-hard meat eater all the way? Then you and Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson have a huge thing in common. Ron loves all things beef, and he never has a meal without some sort of red meat. We know he would adore these jalapeno cheddar stuffed burgers, probably paired with a generous glass of whiskey. Feel free to substitute leaner means for a healthier option, but just remember what Ron always says: "Turkey can never beat cow."
House of Cards | Peach Cobbler in a Jar 12 of 13
Early on in the debut season of House of Cards, Frank (played by Kevin Spacey) visits his hometown in South Carolina where a giant peach-shaped water tower looms off of the highway. I won't spoil anything, but let's just say "the Peachoid" ends up causing tragic trouble for Frank and the entire town. If you haven't watched House of Cards yet, we suggest doing a marathon viewing session on Netflix and making some scrumptious peach cobbler in a jar to connect you to the main character's southern roots.
The Big Bang Theory | Ginger Pork Dumplings 13 of 13
Chinese is the go-to cuisine for the group of friends on The Big Bang Theory, and no night in at Sheldon and Leonard's apartment is complete without a mass order of appetizers (remember the Dumpling Paradox from Season 1?). The ensemble comedy is becoming more and more popular among Emmy voters, so what better way to enjoy the upcoming awards show than with some copycat takeout? These steamed ginger pork dumplings are healthier than typical restaurant fare, and if you make them yourself, you never have to worry about not having enough to go around.