With our love of Gastro Horror and the feast of the sub-genre we’ve been served this year, it will come as no surprise that The Menu has been on our radar for some time. In fact, the film has been one of our most anticipated films of the year. We’re so excited that will a bit of help from Searchlight Pictures, we’ve got a great new recipe inspired by the dish Memory from the film.
In The Menu, “A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.”
This dish is perhaps the most interesting of the film. Not necessarily because of what it is, but rather the storytelling behind it. We won’t ruin that for you but it is really insane. For our version of Memory (House Smoked Chicken Thigh Al Pastor), we used a smoker that fits into our barbeque but if you don’t have access to a smoker, you can brush it with a bit of Liquid Smoke and grill it. This isn’t a traditional style of Al Pastor (we don’t claim to have that kind of expertise) but this is a delicious version that will make for a great meal.
We hope you enjoy our less upscale version of Memory. We will have another recipe inspired by The Menu this Thursday so be sure to check back! The Menu hits theaters Friday, November 18th! Be sure to check it out!
Inspired by the Memory dish in The Menu, The Geeks have recreated a version that viewers of the film can easily make at home.
- 4 Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs
- 12 oz Pineapple Juice
- 4 oz Lime Juice
- 2 tbsp Al Pastor Seasoning for marinade plus extra for topping.
- Salt to taste
- 8 Corn Tortillas, warmed
- Prepare your smoker following its instructions.
- Meanwhile, combine the chicken thighs, juices, and 2 tbsp of Al Pastor seasoning in a bowl and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
- Remove chicken from marinade.
- Sprinkle extra seasoning and salt on top.
- Smoke until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°.
- Serve with corn tortillas.
If you don't have a smoker, you can grill your chicken instead. Marinade per recipe and then just grill it as opposed to smoking it.
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