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Dexter season finale menu, thoughts?

Hello, Dexter fans

For the season finale of Dexter I would like to make a special dinner. Since there are only going to be four of us, I am not going to make a ton of stuff. But would like to do a dinner then an appetizer or snack for the show itself.

So far, I was testing out the idea of a "blood" red theme: Manicotti with tomato sauce, a pitcher of Cosmos... for dessert a strawberry charlotte, lined with, of course, ladyfingers, served with a red strawberry sauce.

But I am a little disappointed in my creativity. Considering Dexter is set in Miami I would rather make something a little more exotic/Cuban perhaps? But I don't have any recipes for that in my standard repertoire... Maybe I should make something "gorier" as befits John Lithgow (I thought perhaps a dish using the "trinity" of celery, pepper and onion, but maybe that is way too subtle?)... Also need help with a snack for the show...

Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. How about a gulf fish baked in parchment and fold the parchment up so it looks like a coffin? You can serve with a tomato & blood orange salsa.

    Or crown roast of pork or lamb with the bones frenched (I love, but it does look rather festively gorey), with a sauce of rum & cherries? cranberries? pomegranite? reduced to a pleasantly viscous thickness.

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    1. re: weezycom

      Great ideas weezy! I love the idea of serving bones. I have a butcher that can French a couple racks of lamb for a roast, those would look great!

      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        What? No Cuban pork sandwiches? They're mentioned quite frequently in the show. In the show's opening, Dexter relishes eggs, ham and blood oranges. I would incorporate at least some of these items into your menu, if possible. There have been a couple of episodes where characters are bashing stone crab claws with little hammers. You could duplicate that with whatever crab (or even lobster) is available to you. How about oysters? You'd have to plunge a knife into them to release the shell. You could serve them with a homemade (and very bloody looking) cocktail sauce. I'd offer mojitos to drink, which are very Cuban. Finish off the meal with top quality doughnuts and coffee. For fun, you could place photos of all of your friends around a plastic-lined table, just to freak them out a bit. In fact, it would be funny if you served a baked ham and had a large, noisy electric knife for carving. Have fun!

      2. Dismembered chicken? Kind of like the ice truck killer kind of thing. Or cut up parts served in little parchement bags

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          Good ideas. I may go with frenched Lamb Chops with the bones, cranberry applesauce which has a bright red color...not sure on the rest yet...also not sure about the drink...

          But for the snack during the show, I got it... "Cereal Killer Bars" made with chocolate and cornflakes.

        2. Bloody Mary’s for cocktails?

          Check out Halloween recipes on the Web. Lots of really super ideas, like this one:
          You might not want to make chicken pot pie, but you could even serve these in lieu of a bread product or as a scoop for whatever you decide on for hors d’oeurves.

          Raspberry sauce (just as good with frozen raspberries as with fresh) on whatever desert you decide on. But I’d go with some chocolate cut into a coffin shape.

          This sounds like so much fun.

          1. Not food related, but decorating your dining area like a kill room would be sure to impress.

            1. Red velvet cake. You could shape it like one of those "body outlines" before icing then everyone could hack into it!

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                1. It's a little late to order them online, but, depending on what state you're in, you might be able to buy hypodermic needles at a pharmacy without a prescription.

                  You could serve sauce in them (each guest gets their own) or you do shots with them.

                  1. These are GREAT ideas!!! You guys rock!

                    1. Post Dexter report:

                      I decorated the dining room with clear plastic painter's sheets held onto the moulding with duct tape. I used a painter's sheet for a tablecloth as well. For table decor I draped a piece of a trash bag over a small box, and on top of that placed a clay Mr. T "Chia Pet" head (nothing sprouting). I flanked the head with four large chef and bread knives.

                      For dinner, I served a mustard-panko bread crumb coated rack of lamb with the bones protruding and told my guests they each had to take a knife and cut the lamb themselves.

                      On the white platter of lamb I drizzled bright red homemade cranberry-cherry applesauce to look like blood spatters. The lamb was cooked medium rare so it also had a nice pinkish-red hue.

                      For sides, I served a herb-roasted potatoes and lemon-pepper string beans with sauteed cherry tomatoes for a little red pop.

                      The beverage of choice was red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon went with the meal, and the others did not want different red drinks, so I went with what the guests wanted, and it was a nice purple color to boot.

                      For dessert I made Rice Krispies Treats cut into shapes like hearts (which were broken in half), mini coffins, which I covered with chocolate ganache, and hammers.

                      I also came up with my own inspiration, which fell short of expectations. I made M&M Bar cookies, and placed Red M&Ms on top in such a way that I could cut the bars onto rectangular slices with a red M&M in the middle, to resemble a bloodslide. Unfortunately the Red M&Ms sank into the dough as they baked and were covered up. Still tasted good though.

                      I wish I knew more people who watched Dexter, would have loved to have had a bigger splash.

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                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                        Clear plastic painter's sheets. It sounds magical :)

                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                          Wow, sounds great.

                          and wow, wow, wow the finale was unexpected

                          1. re: scubadoo97

                            The ending blew me away. One of the best season finales I've ever seen.

                          2. re: TrishUntrapped

                            It's great you were so creative, I'm sure your guests loved it!
                            (The finale was awesome, wasn't it?)

                            1. re: eviemichael

                              Sounds wonderful, but if you'd invited us, we'd all have been too upset by the ending that we'd have lost our appetites. ;-)

                          3. What else could you have but what he makes during the intro?

                            Ham and fried eggs and blood orange juice. The quintessential menu.

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                            1. re: tonka11_99

                              Not a fan of ham or fried eggs... but yes those would have been great choices.