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Make A Devilish Roast Fit For A (Pit) Lord

Wizards of the Coast‘s (WotC) Magic: The Gathering (MTG), one of the world’s oldest and most popular trading card games, brings a recipe from one of its most infamous artifacts – the Underworld Cookbook, to your dining table.

The Wizard, Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar (“Asmor” for short), put together her Underworld Cookbook during 7-years of captivity as Chef to a Lord of the Pit.

While Asmor has been referenced, but she’s never quite featured in the game… until now.  With the launch of its latest card set Modern Horizons 2 finally featuring Asmor and her cookbook, WOTC has adapted a recipe that’s bound to be a centre of attraction on your dinner table, using less “exotic” ingredients.

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Perfect for a theme night, the devilish roast  serves 3-4 people, and is relatively simple to put together:

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 2 Maryland chicken thighs bones removed and laid flat
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 onion, grated
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder

Stuffing:

  • 600g ground beef
  • 5g gelatin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of coarsely ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Toppings:

  • 1 daikon radish
  • 10 apples
  • Grapes, to taste
  • Green leaves, to taste
  • 1 crab leg
  • Skewers, for decoration

Directions:

1. Remove excess skin and fat from the Maryland chicken thighs and pierce the skin with a fork.

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2. Combine all the ingredients for the chicken together in a bowl, rub thoroughly, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

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3. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the stuffing and knead well until white, then refrigerate until ready to use.

4.Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and place the marinated chicken thighs skin side down.

5. When browned, turn over and remove to a plate to remove from heat.

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6. Remove any browned bits of meat from the pan, add the sauce ingredients and simmer gently to make a sauce.

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7. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

8. Cut the daikon into quarters (pending size of radish, may need to be thirds), then into smaller pieces to be shaped like fangs. Create two sets of fangs as shown below. One set will be used during the cooking process and the other for topping.

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9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use half of the stuffing to form a round base. Place the rest of the stuffing on top of the centre of the base, in between the two chicken thighs.

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10. Fill the area between the two thighs where the stuffing is visible with one set of the daikon fangs.

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11. Bake in the oven at 200°C for 20 minutes.

12. Remove from the oven, brush with the sauce and bake again at 200°C for 10 minutes.

13. Remove the cooked fangs and replace them with the uncooked second set you’ve set aside.

14. Serve on a plate. Garnish with green leaves, grapes and apples.

15. Attach the fangs for finishing. Decorate with crab legs on bamboo skewers and you’re done!

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A dish that connects the world of Magic: The Gathering to ours, this roast is easy to prepare and great for anyone – fans of the game or not.

The latest card set Modern Horizons 2 releases on 18 June. See you on the battlefield.