Empire is returning this week with the premier of season 2! We could not be more excited for another year of backstabbing and betrayals and manipulation. To celebrate we put together some eating recommendations that will enhance your viewing experience. Lucious Lyon does everything in style, so we tried to put together a stylish evening. We've selected food and drink inspired by Empire that should be fun, whether you're throwing a party or eating alone and crying. Watch out! Spoilers for season 1 ahead!
I knew I had to come up with an original cocktail for this, and I wanted to make something perfect. The cast of Empire drink a lot of champagne and cognac, but not all of us have made multi-million-dollar record deals yet. I wanted to put together something decadent and luxurious that still wouldn't break the budget. I call this cocktail a Lion in Winter, named after the play that Empire is based on. It's a shot of Goldschlager and a can of cream soda. I used Goldschlager because it has literal gold flakes in it and that seemed like the Lucious Lyon thing to do. There is absolutely no reason for them to exist, they add nothing, and they're relatively inexpensive... but wow do they look fancy. You can find 1oz nips of Goldschlager in a lot of liquor stores if you don't want to spend $30 on a bottle of nice liqueur, but regular cinnamon schnapps will also do if not. Mixed with cream soda this is seriously delicious. It's sweet and also spicy, ice cold but it still warms you up. It tastes the way Christmas feels. It makes you feel like it's winter and there's a lion inside of you.
Mm, mm! This scene sure does make me hungry. I could go for a personal hero sandwich of my own! If we want to make the perfect sandwich for watching Empire, let's stick to the character's roots. We know that Lucious grew up on the mean streets of Philadelphia. In Philadelphia they only have two kinds of food. The first kind is the world-famous Philly cheese steak. The second is a mashed-up cheese steak paste that they use to feed their elderly and their young who don't have teeth.
If you know how to work a skillet, it's not hard to make a good Philly cheese steak. All you really need is peppers, onions, beef, and a little seasoning. If you want to make it authentic, you have to use actual Cheese Whiz. Nothing else is acceptable. If you can make this sandwich right, maybe Lucious will finally accept you as his son and tell you that he is proud of you.
How do you make Empire cookies? It's all in the presentation. The recipe we use isn't particularly special or complicated. You can just use a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe. There are some times when the classics really are the best. The secret ingredient we use is Rice Krispies cereal. Rice Krispies will give your cookies a nice crispy crunch, and they'll also add a lot more volume to your dough. They are a cheap way to make cookie dough go a lot farther and get more bang for your buck. It's usually best to add as much Rice Krispies as you have chocolate chips, but you can also go higher. If you don't have Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes can also be delicious.
Once you have your cookies, put on your gaudiest outfit. Animal print is preferable. Wrap those cookies up in aluminum foil because we are going out. Find a room you're not supposed to be in and barge right inside! Is there a boardroom meeting you've been cut out of? Do you suspect that someone is scheming behind your back? Do you need to check on a loved one just so they know you're watching them? Barge into the room and give them a taste of Cookie. Don't be afraid to let them know that if they want Cookie's nookie, they have to ditch the bitch. When security escorts you out, act like leaving the room was your idea.
Wow, what a tasty meal! This night is all about the complete Lucious Lyon experience though and we're not finished. You still have to clean up! Wrap everything that needs to go out in a blue scarf and throw it into a garbage can. I hope you enjoyed our suggestions, and keep checking back for more Tune in Tables on Wikia!