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Star Wars Cooking

 

In my humble opinion, Padmé Amidala isn’t recognized for how important she really is. She’s a huge part of the Star Wars saga! She was a clever and compassionate elected queen at age 14, she worked closely with, and then against Palpatine once she figured out he was up to no good (sparking the Rebel Alliance)she married Anakin (his fear of losing her is what drove him to the dark side), and she’s the mother of Luke and Leia. Without Padmé, the Star Wars universe would be a lot more boring.

She’s also the most fashionable senator of all time. Sure at one point in Attack of the Clones, right after she survives an assassination attempt, she’s wearing a wicker garbage can from Pier 1 on her head, but that just shows she wasn’t afraid to take chances and improvise with what’s laying around in her room! My favorite Padmé outfit is the one she wears to the droid factory on Geonosis. That fleece cape is really great, too bad it gets lost before the battle (that she was on top of). Poggle the Lesser probably kept it for himself. A close second would be the first outfit we see her in, because it has glowing orange fire balls around bottom of her skirt. So awesome!

In The Clone Wars cartoons we get to see how cool and smart Padmé really is. She was a fearless public servant, and really dedicated her life to the greater good. Remember when she defended Ahsoka against murder charges? She’s a powerful ally!

She also has one of the best deleted scenes from Attack of the Clones. That picture in her bedroom where she’s swaying back and forth with “Sweetheart,” the orphan alien that died? *chef finger kiss* LOVE IT

My point is that Padmé is an important, strong, inspirational character that deserves more than to just die of a broken heart and be forgotten. Luke does ask Leia about their mother in Return of the Jedi, but not nearly as much as he asks Uncle Owen, Obi Wan and Yoda about his father. And if you look at Luke and Leia, they both take after Padmé much more than Anakin. Fighting for the greater good is in their DNA!

Padmé is a relatable example of someone who can make a real difference in the universe, even if they’re not a force sensitive, laser-sword carrier. Let’s honor her with a delicious dish, shall we?

Pad-Thai-Mé 

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
  • 8 oz dried stir-fry rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 package (14oz) tofu, drained, patted dry, cut into thin small squares
  • 2 carrots, peeled & shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 scallions, thinly sliced, greens & whites separated
  • 2 Tablespoons peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and add the noodles.
2. Remove the pot from the heat, cover, and allow the noodles to soak for 8 minutes.
3. Drain and set aside.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, Sriracha and brown sugar. Set aside.
5. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
6. Add beaten eggs, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
7. Cook eggs until they’re set, about 1 minute or so, then transfer to a cutting board.
8. Roll eggs into a loose log (careful, they’re hot!) and slice into thin strips. Set aside.
9. Add 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil to the pan, and heat.
10. Add tofu slices in a single layer, and cook until browned on each side, about 7 minutes all together, flipping halfway through. Set aside.
10. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil to the skillet, and heat.
11. Add carrots, garlic, and scallion whites to the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
12. Add lime juice mixture, and bring to a simmer.
13. Add noodles and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute or so.
14.  Add eggs & tofu, and gently toss to combine
15. Divide between 4 dishes, and sprinkle with scallion greens, peanuts and cilantro to serve.
16. Enjoy while fighting for liberty in a fashionable outfit.

 

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

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I happen to like nice men, and Han Solo is a nice man… occasionally, when he’s not acting like a scoundrel. But at least he’s a scoundrel for the good guys!

With the new Solo movie coming out really soon, I thought I’d take a moment to honor all the different versions of Han. There’s reluctant hero Han from A New Hope; noble, fluffy-haired Han from The Empire Strikes Back; troop commanding, jealous of Luke (when it comes to Leia) Han from Return of the Jedi; and grumpy old man, back to his old tricks Han from The Force Awakens.

But one of my very favorite versions of Han, isn’t even called Han at all! It’s Ham Salad from Hardware Wars.

In another part of the galaxy, later that same day, Ham Salad along with a brown Cookie Monster named Chewchilla, Fluke Starbucker, and Augie “Ben” Doggie, pilot their flying iron through light speed to save Princess Anne-Droid from Darph Nader. You bet your asteroid Ham is the same ace mercenary pilot, and intergalactic wise-guy, he’s always been. But this time he’s much more willing to follow Anne-Droid’s lead. The whole thing is perfectly 70’s (awful special effects), and still really hilarious to this day. Ham Salad has all the best lines (“Take it easy kid, it’s only a movie!”) and I especially like his weapon of choice: a laser-shooting electric drill!

As much as I love the many different versions of Han SoIo, I’m really look forward to seeing young, ambitious Han (and super smooth Lando) on May 25th!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
• 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
• 2 cups cubed ham or 4 veggie hot dogs
• 1 cup diced celery
• 1/4 cup diced onion
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1/4 cup relish
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:
1. Hard boil your eggs first by placing them in a small pot, covering them with water, and bringing the water to a rolling boil.
2. Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, and allow the eggs to sit for 10-12 minutes, before removing to an ice bath to cool completely.
3. While your eggs are cooling, process the ham cubes or veggie hot dogs in a food processor until spreadable but still kinda chunky.
4. Add to a bowl along with celery, onion, mustard, chopped eggs, relish, and mayonnaise.
5. Fold together with a spatula until everything is evenly distributed.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Spread onto slices of white bread, or scoop with crackers.
8. I’ve got a GOOD feeling about this!

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

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There’s not a whole lot to say about Dewbacks (other than they’re pretty cool), so I’ll just leave you with this beautiful poem written by stormtrooperpoet

Dewback

Dewback in the desert

Twin suns of Tatooine scorch the sand

Sandtrooper rides atop

 

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Here’s to all the Dewbacks we’ve known and loved.

Mountain Dewback Cupcakes
Makes 24
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Mountain Dew
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mountain Dew
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Green sanding sugar
Directions:
1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with baking cups, and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add lemon and lime zest, and continue to beat.
5. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with Mountain Dew.
7. Add lemon and lime juice, as well as the lemon extract, and continue to mix until everything is well combined.
8. Fill baking cups about 2/3 full.
9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one cupcake, comes out clean.
10. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
11. To make the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until it’s light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
12. Add the Mountain Dew, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice, lime juice, and lemon extract, and continue to beat.
13. Add powdered sugar and beat well.
14. Add drops of green food coloring until desired shade is reached.
15. Frost completely cooled cupcakes, and sprinkle with green sanding sugar.
16. Enjoy while searching the deserts of Tattooine for a jettisoned escape pod.

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Hello, what have we here? 

Why it’s the leader of cloud city, original owner of the Millennium Falcon, and a man not a system- Lando Calrissian! Who doesn’t love Lando? Out of all the action figures I have, Lando makes up the highest percentage of the population. I’ve got a lot of Landos!

He has the best capes, the coolest BFF (Lobot), and he more than redeemed himself after being forced to betray Han and Leia (BTW, do you think they all sat down and ate dinner with Vader after the trap was sprung? I wonder what space food was served…). The disguise he wore to Jabba’s palace while rescuing Han was super sneaky. Certainly not as sneaky as Leia’s, but it’s a good thing he pulled down his mask a bit, so we could tell it was him! SURPRISE SURPRISE

Despite causing a temporary setback in the rebel’s plan, and almost getting eaten by Sarlacc, he went on to lead the assault on the second Death Star, and fired the shot that destroyed it. It’s hard to stay mad at Lando for long! So let’s all swish our capes, make a bad deal, and sit down to enjoy a nice post-betrayal meal in his honor.

Oh! And Ps -I’m counting down the days until I get to see him wear a big fur coat in SOLO! 
Surprise Surprise, Lando Pot Pies

Makes 2 bowls or 4 mugs 

 
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked & shredded OR vegetarian chick’n (https://www.quorn.us/products/vegan-chicken-tenders)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
 
Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan over medium-heat, melt the butter.
3. Saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic for a few minutes until the onions are slightly browned.
4. Stir in the flour, thyme, poultry seasoning, salt, & pepper. Continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
5. Slowly stir in broth and cream.
6. Add nutmeg, chicken, and frozen peas.
7. Continue to cook for another minute or so until everything is evenly combined.
8. Ladle the mixture into individual oven-safe soup bowls or mugs, leaving about 1/2 an inch at the top. 
9. Cut the puff pastry into circles or squares that are large enough to cover each bowl or mug.
10. Press the puff pastry down around the edges of each bowl or mug to ensure it adheres to the edges.
11. Brush the top of each puff pastry with melted butter and slice two slits to allow steam to escape.
12. Place bowls or mugs onto a baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
13. Enjoy while praying the deal isn’t altered any further.

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In case you can’t tell by his name, Kit Fisto is one of the coolest dudes around.

He’s a Nautolan, which explains why he loves an underwater battle. But even when he’s on dry land, he still smiles like he’s having the best time ever. He’s focused during battle, but clearly knows how to cut loose and have a good time. He’s the kind of Jedi I’d grab a beer with, anytime!

Using his knack for strategy, and super fast swimming skills, he helped the Mon Calamari defeat the separatist-backed Quarren.

He also saved Ahsoka from freezing to death, and force pushed 3PO to safety when he was half Roger Roger droid.

I wish we would have had more time with Master Fisto, before his ultimate demise. Let’s all tip a bowl of spinach linguine in his honor.

Kit Fisto Spinach Linguine

Ingredients:
  • 1lb kale, ribs removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2 lb spinach linguine
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.
2. In a separate small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle.
3. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the garlic is soft and light gold-colored, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside.
4. Once your water is boiling, add the kale and cook until the leaves are tender, about 5 minutes.
5. Use tongs to remove the kale from the boiling water, and put them into a blender, or large bowl if you’re using an immersion blender. DON’T drain the water! You can use it to cook the Linguine.
6. Add the garlic, oil, and a little bit of the boiling water to the bowl with the kale.
7. Blend into a thick green puree. Add salt and pepper if needed, and set aside.
8. Add the linguine to the boiling water, and cook for 9 minutes.
9. Drain pasta, reserving a cup of the water first.
10. Place cooked pasta back into the dry pot.
11. Add the kale puree, Parmesan cheese, and a little bit of the reserved pasta water.
12. Toss until the pasta is well coated and bright green, adding more pasta water if needed.
13. Serve immediately with more Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.
14. Enjoy before a Sith Lord vertically spins through the air at you, while screeching maniacally.

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

Hello there!
First, let me just say that Obi-Wan Kenobi is #1 on the short list of Jedi I’d make-out with (Alec or Ewan). He’s one of my all-time faves. I love his whole story!  He trained two Skywalkers, defeated Maul AND Grievous, plus he’s got a glorious beard that has always served him well whenever he needed to ponder something.Sure, maybe he should have finished Anakin off once and for all, but we needed him to (eventually) throw the emperor down that shaft.Bad feelings and happy landings all came together to make him a key figure during the Clone Wars and during the following rebellion against the Empire. Han may have considered him to be an old fossil, but he’ll always be the Jedi master of my heart!
These Dough-Bi-Won Kenobuns are the perfect on-the-go snack for the next time you’re riding a giant feather lizard or chopping off arms at Mos Eisley.

 Dough-Bi-Wan Kenobuns

 

 

Ingredients:
  • Tube of Refrigerated biscuits (I used Grands)
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Remove the biscuits from the tube and place them on the baking sheet.
3. Using a pair of scissors, cut a beard into the bottom half of each biscuit.
4. Use a toothpick to poke eyes into each biscuit (don’t be afraid to make the eye holes big, they’ll shrink during baking).
5. Using a knife, slice a mouth and hair into each biscuit.
6. Brush the face of each biscuit with beaten egg.
7. Bake for 13 minutes.
8. Enjoy while living life as a crazy old hermit.

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If you’re looking for a great warrior, look no further than Yoda.

He trains younglings, he has a stellar relationship with the Wookiees on Kashyyyk, and he conquered not only his own dark side, but death itself by discovering the secrets of immortality.

So if he’s digging through your bag and decides he wants to keep your flashlight thingy, just let him have it!

He also welcomed Luke (when Luke was at his whiniest) into his home and cooked him a nice stew. Maybe it wasn’t exactly up Luke’s alley, taste-wise, but the gesture of kindness was there.

Judging from the various creatures slithering around his hut, Yoda always seemed like he lived in harmony with other, non-Sith beings. So, I’ve decided to make this recipe completely plant-based. It’ll warm you up after you crash-land in a swamp and give you the energy you need to do a handstand and force-lift rocks.

One thing I know for sure about Yoda: When 900 years old I reach, look as good, I will not.

Yoda’s Stew With Crushed Root Leaf

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup green lentils
1/2 cup dry quinoa
5 cups water or vegetable stock
1 box (26.5 oz) of chopped tomatoes
2 cups chopped kale
Dried oregano flakes

 

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until tender, about 8 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and sauté another minute or so, until fragrant.
4. Add cumin, ginger, turmeric, salt, lentils, quinoa, water, and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
5. Once boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot to let everything simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
6. Stir in the kale and cook until it’s wilted, 3 minutes tops.
7. Sprinkle with crushed root leaf (like some dried oregano) and serve warm.
8. Enjoy while learning patience.

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Scariest Star Wars bad guy? For me, it’s Darth Maul. He’s creepy-looking, he’s got a double-bladed light saber, an oddly soothing voice, and he always seems to appear out of nowhere! His theme music (not “Duel of the Fates,” but the whispery, hissing one) is pretty scary too. I’ll admit that his story takes a strange arc in Clone Wars (C’mon… Who can survive being cut in half?!), but his insane lust for revenge and creepy, garbage-spider body makes him even more terrifying. Poor Satine!

The fact that he’s part of an intricate, secret, diabolical plan that has been in motion for a while, is also unsettling. If anybody could bully me into carrying out Lord Sidious’s wishes, it would be Darth Maul. But… only if he lets me ride on his cool scooter first.

In the spirit of the season, here’s a recipe inspired by the Star Wars character that scares me the most. See you in my nightmares, Maul.

Darth Maul Balls

Makes 40 balls

Ingredients:
  • 1 box Red velvet cake mix, prepared in a 9″X9″ cake pan, and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 bags Black candy melts
  • 1 bag Red candy melts
  • 10 butterscotch candies, crushed (a food processor works best for this)
Directions:
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, and set aside.
2. Crumble a prepared red velvet cake into a large bowl.
3. Add cream cheese and mini chocolate chips, and stir until well combined.
4. Scoop the mixture out by rounded tablespoonfuls, and roll into 1″ balls, placing them on your prepared baking sheet.
5. Once you’ve used up all of your cake mixture, chill the balls in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
6. While your balls are chilling, nuke the black candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval.
7. Using a fork, dip each cake ball into the melted black candy melts, and place back on the wax paper.
8. Place candy-coated cake balls back into the fridge for another 15 minutes.
9. While they’re chilling, nuke the red candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval.
10. Drizzle each candy-coated cake ball with melted red candy.
11. Immediately sprinkle each one with crushed butterscotch candies, and place them back in the fridge until the candy is hardened, about another 30 minutes.

12. Remove from the fridge and enjoy while wielding a double light saber. Happy Halloween!!

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

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Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

Porgs.
What are they? Space penguins? A Nuisance? Food? What I know for sure about them is that they’re super cute, and I like their style.
Along with the caretakers, they seem to be native to Ahch-to where Luke is avoiding everyone and growing his beard. It also appears that at some point they waddle onto the Millennium Falcon, and hilarity ensues. I can’t wait.

I may not know a whole lot about Porgs, but I’m positive that I’ve got Porg fever, and I’ve got it bad! My suggestion to anyone else suffering from the same affliction, is to eat several of these Porg-asbord cookies, and wait for December 15th.

Porg-asbord Cookies

Makes about 30
Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, separated
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • brown mini M&Ms
  • black candy melts
  • yellow candy melts
Directions:
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together.
2. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each one.
3. Add vanilla and continue to beat until well combined.
4. Divide the mixture into 3 equal parts.
5. Remove 2 of the 3 parts, and place into a separate bowl, and set aside.
6. In the bowl with 1/3 of the original mixture, add 1 cup flour and mix until a dough forms. Set aside.
7. To the bowl with 2/3 of the original mixture, add 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tablespoons flour, and the cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
8. Place the vanilla dough on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the dough so it forms a log with a 2 cm diameter.
9. Take your chocolate dough and sandwich it between two pieces of plastic wrap.
10. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 1.5 cm thick rectangle that’s as long as the vanilla dough log.
11. Now use your rolling pin to flatten the sides of the chocolate rectangle. The middle should remain thick, and the sides should be thinner so that they can wrap around the vanilla dough log. The thick part of the chocolate dough will be the Porg’s head.
12. Place the vanilla dough log on top of the thick part of the chocolate dough, and wrap the thinner sides of the chocolate dough around the vanilla log.
13. Use your fingers to smooth out the crease.
14. Cover the entire log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
15. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
16. Once the dough is chilled and firm, remove it from the fridge and slice it into 1/4 inch thick pieces.
17. Place each cookie on a prepared baking sheet.
18. Add two mini M&Ms for eyes, and place your cookies back into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.
19. Once your cookies have finished cooling, place them in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
20. Allow your cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
21. Once your cookies have finished cooling, place the black candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl, and nuke at 30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring after each interval.
22. Repeat with yellow candy melts.
23. Using a piping bag or tooth pick, draw a frowny face and two wings on each cookie with the melted black candy.
24. Use the melted yellow candy melts to pipe or draw two feet on each cookie.
25. *Porg noises*

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Star Wars Cooking

by Kathy Bejma

Thee in luck! This month’s recipe is in honor of Tatooine’s most loveable scumbag, Watto. He’s a mind-trick-proof, elephant-nosed, gambler that knows a lot more than outlanders might think (even if Qui-Gon did outsmart him).
His small junk shop sells everything from a T-14 Hyperdrive Generator to moobian torsion valves. But republic credits aren’t good enough for this Toydarian, only real money!!
Okay… He did own slaves (I said he was a scumbag!) but he wasn’t cruel to Anankin and Shmi. He gave them their own home, and even let little Ani off work early sometimes. And technically, he won them from Gardulla the Elder so it’s really those gangster Hutts that are the problem.
This recipe features black and blueberry gelato with shortbread cookie wings and chocolate jimmies to represent Watto’s beard stubble. If you’re a bigger fan of Attack of The Clones Watto, feel free to use some of the leftover shortbread dough to make a little hat.
Living on Tattooine can be tough, so why not take a break from roasting beneath two suns to enjoy a delicious bowl of Watto Gelato? It’s much more refreshing than a Klatooine paddy frog, probably.
Watto Gelato
Makes 1/2 gallon
Ingredients:
For the Gelato:
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
For the cookie wings:
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • chocolate jimmies
Directions:
1. Place the blueberries, blackberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
2. Set a saucepan over medium heat, add the milk and vanilla extract and bring to a simmer. Do not let it boil! It will curdle!
3. While your milk is heating up, whisk together the egg yolks, egg, and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium-sized bowl, until thickened and pale yellow.
4. Very slowly whisk a small amount (about 1/2 cup) of the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture, to temper the eggs.
5. Slowly whisk the tempered egg mixture into the milk mixture on the stove.
6. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens slightly, just at the point of simmering. Again- Do not let it boil.
7. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the custard into the bowl of an electric mixer, and let it cool slightly for a few minutes.
8. Add the cream and beat well with a whisk attachment.
9. Add the berry mixture and mix well again.
10. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight in the fridge (or for at least 4-6 hours).
11. While the mixture is cooling, make the cookie wings:Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
12. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.
13. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. If your mixture is extremely dry and crumbly (humidity in the air can greatly affect this recipe) dribble in up to 1 tablespoon of water until it comes together. This is a stiff dough.
14. Take a portion of the dough, and roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness.
15. Using a wing-shaped cookie cutter, cut out several wings and place onto your prepared baking sheet.
16. Use a fork to prick the wings all over to allow steam to escape as they bake.
17. Place your wings into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are light brown on top.
18 Allow wings to cool on the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
19. Once your gelato mixture is completely cool, pour it into an ice cream/gelato maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  My ice cream maker takes about 30 minutes.
I also recommend putting your finished gelato in the freezer for about an hour to let it really harden up before you try to scoop it.
20. To serve: Place several scoops of gelato into a bowl.
21. Add two wings and then sprinkle the bottom of each scoop with chocolate jimmies.
22. Enjoy while betting on a pod race.