UPDATED and made yummier by Sid, NOVEMBER 2018
People may not immediately think ‘nerdy’ when they think of Thanksgiving as a holiday. It is all very buttoned up and sorta uptight, actually. It is kind of the opposite of geek holiday (just look at all the football, ugh) but did you know that there are tons of geeky Thanksgiving food recipe out there to ensure your Thanksgiving spread also has our demographic covered?
While most people’s Thanksgiving tables will be laid out to look like some Norman Rockwell painting, you can totally make it so yours looks like it was pulled right from geek pop culture right now, which can be fun to impress friends you invite over for this annual feast.
Okay, enough talk, Turkey Day approaches. On to the geeky food, my fellow pilgrims and Native Americans alike. P.S., sorry what the pilgrims did to you guys, that wasn’t very cool, real talk. Also, this is not a food blog so I am not listing recipes and measurements and crap like that. The little purple VIA you see at the end of each entry will link you to original recipes and such.
Now onto the geeky nom noms that are SURE to impress your geeky guests this Thanksgiving.
You cannot make a list of geeky food and not put the mother of all ethereal beasties on the list. As you can see, this one is not so much for eating as for scarring your guests for life.
Part Thanksgiving celebration, part shoutout to our ancient wise and all-seeing Cthulhu, lord of the underrealm and gobbler of Pumpkin pie and SOULS!
This is really just a modded turkey, now that I think about it. Just add an octopus, some crab legs, and throw some bacon on that beastie and BOOM, done.
2) Wampa Cake
Now here is a geek Thanksgiving food that is not only delicious (coconut y’all) but has the looks to impress and bring some smiles. And anyone who looks at it and doesn’t get the reference you can immediately out from your social group for being tragically non-geeky.
See, so everyone wins. That is both a nerdy and an efficient dish for weeding out the try-hards.
3) Elven Lembas Bread
One does not simply MENTION geeky food and not mention an LOTR-inspired dish. Elven Lembas bread is made of, um, elves and lembas I guess. (Though we do know the power it gives you.)
Honestly, I just think the picture of this one is very pretty, but I am not quite sure what you will be eating until you click the actual directions in the forthcoming link at the bottom of this entry.
But yeah, even name dropping this at the table will give you some geek cred.
4) The Yoda Cocktail
You can’t think of geek Thanksgiving food and not realize that some cocktails have to make it into the mix (pun intended) as well.
Why, you ask?
Holidays like Thanksgiving are just glorified excuses for us adults to get drunk and temporarily forget we hate our lives and wish we were still kids. Drinks like this Yoda cocktail really drive home just how stunted we are in our own youths.
Adults drinking drinks based on of movies we loved when we were kids. It is exactly what the Native Americans intended.
5) Turkish Delight
This famous dish from the Chronicles of Narnia series would get kids to betray their siblings and crap so you KNOW it has to be insanely good. This is one geeky food I really want to try and make myself.
Even looking at that pic (which is the actual end result of the recipe linked here), it almost looks like little clouds. It is ALMOST too pretty to eat.
I am fat, so please note I said almost.
6) Dothraki Blood Pies
Geeky food and Game of Thrones seem like two things that would go hand-in-hand so I had to include a couple of Thrones dishes on this list to make it complete.
And come on, who doesn’t want to eat a pie made from the blood of their fallen enemies?
Good news, the actual recipe is just more of a meat pie than anything else. No actual fatalities needed, which is nice.
Real Thanksgiving had enough of those.
Related: Learn to speak Dothraki
7) Cheese Buns
I would be remiss not to mention some food from the Hunger Games (Catching Fire, specifically) because what is Thanksgiving other than the ULTIMATE hunger game?
Ours involves who gets all the best pieces of Turkey and not the killing off of our peers, so our version seems a little more palatable IRL.
And come on, who doesn’t love a good cheese bun?
*Holds up Mockingjay sign and whistles theme
8) Klingon Green Beans
Okay, I am just gonna be honest with you. I have no idea how or why these are Klingon green beans. I just know that geek food and Star Trek would have to go together, so I looked it up and voila! Klingon green beans, just like that.
Best part is you don’t need to speak their native tongue to enjoy this interstellar dish.
9) Nuclear (Nuka) Turkey
This Fallout-inspired dish will NOT radiate your guests, so relax. And no matter what goes into making it, you can be sure that it is ten times safer than deep frying a turkey.
No, seriously, you could use actual radiation and it would STILL be safer than deep frying a turkey:
10) Mulled Wine
And here you thought inedible sounding blood pies would be the only Game of Thrones recipe on the list. Hell no! What is actually cool is mulled wine has been a thing of fantasy novels for decades now. So you just have to have an apprecaition for the fantasy genre to get into making this creation.
And yes, this one is NOT for the kiddies as it does, indeed, have booze in it. Most drinks with the word “wine” in them do, for future notice.
11) The Han Solo Cocktail
Again, another Thanksgiving geeky food that ISN’T for the kids, this cocktail will make you feel like the most badass dead Star Wars character EVER (besides Boba Fett). The best part?
You get drunk enough and tell it you love it, it says I know.
12) Creamy Chestnut Soup
Another Game of Thrones-inspired dish (Tyrion gets served this by Cersei in A Clash of Kings and is convinced it is poisoned), this Chestnut soup is actually a hearty, tasty dish I have actually tried as a good friend attempted to make it once and did a damn fine job (as far as I know as I have no taste reference to base it upon).
Not your typical soup, but its autumnal flavors will keep your guests clamoring for more until the Rains of Castamere starts playing, that is.
Red Wedding reference for the win. And yes, we are allowed to give ourselves wins.
13) Portal Cake
This homage to the Portal games works on two levels. On one level, it is a delicious cake that is appealing to the eyes and tasty to the mouth.
On the other hand, the very existence of the cake lets you know THE CAKE IS NOT A LIE! THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THE CAKE IS A LIE ARE THE LIARS! It is a very complex circle.
But serve this and play this song and you just won Thanksgiving, if that is possible.
Btw, we’re geek cake geeks, in case you haven’t noticed, so here are more awesome geek cakes.
14) One Up Star Mini-Sandwiches
Something for the kids here, a kind of finger food they can eat between dishes or if they don’t like the fancy-ass string beans with almonds (which no kid does, by the way).
This Super Mario-inspired dish may not give them temporary immortality like the stars in the game do, but they don’t need to know that, so go let them run between traffic after eating one just for laughs.
Just kidding, peoples.
15) Pumm’s Pumpkin Soup
This recipe may be from Skyward Sword and not Breath of the Wild, but it just looks so cool I had to include it. While Breath of the Wild has some AMAZING dishes Link had to craft himself, me thinks you are not going to be forging for food out in the wild anytime soon, so this dish seemed the most practical.
But come on, any dish with the Triforce floating in it INSIDE of a pumpkin has to make the geeky foods for Thanksgiving list. It HAD to.
It is one food on the list that literally LOOKS like Thanksgiving.
How can you make a list of geeky food to serve your guests at Thanksgiving and NOT have butterbeer on the list? That is just not okay.
And the good thing about the recipe included here is it is non-alcoholic (more of a glorified rootbeer float of sorts) so one doesn’t have to worry about Harry jumping on the table and showing everyone his wand if you catch my Tokyo drift.
Now to end this list right….
17) Eggo Waffles
You can even do that one moment from season two when Hopper covered them with chocolate chips and whipped cream.
Bust that out for dessert, do a quick shoutout to Eleven (Err, Jane) from Stranger Things, and bam, watch as all your guests bow before your geek majesty. The best part is? No recipe is needed for this one.
18) Hot Pie’s Direwolf Scones (Game of Thrones)
Do you have a friend named Arya (Stark or otherwise) and you are going to get separated from her and you might not see her again because she might die? Well, don’t be rude, give her a Direwolf Scone so that she will remember you, at least after Thanksgiving is done.
The best part about these scones is that they need not look like actual Direwolves, because whoever is eating them will die anyway or might become an assassin with many faces, such interesting guests you will have this Thanksgiving.
19) Deadpool’s Chimichangas
Deadpool‘s favorite food, somehow, and for no clear apparent reason. Probably because he likes to make fun of Mexican food and naming some of his combat moves after them, most notably chimichangas which are basically fried burritos.
Of course, missing chimichangas would be a crime to your geek guests come Thanksgiving and you have not prepared them. Don’t be afraid to go crazy on them, and if you do manage to ruin them, that could easily be passed off as part of the charm.
20) Bloody Halloween Pumpkin Seeds
Your guests would surely need something to nibble at while you prepare the main course. Some snacks are in order, don’t go cheap on them with Cheetos or Doritos, give them some pumpkin seeds, and make them look like they were carved out of the pumpkin by none other than Halloween’s Michael Myers.
This is also a good use for some leftover pumpkin innards from Halloween, nasty!
21) Popplers (Futurama)
Remember when Futurama went full hardcore vegan with one of their episodes? The result was an unforgettable intergalactic delicacy called Popplers which is actually live Omicronian babies and is pretty much a hyperbolic metaphor for chicken nuggets.
Well, now you can make them. Don’t worry, these are not exactly Omicronian babies, they are just knock-offs using Earth stuff, so no need to worry about Omicrons demanding absolution by trying to eat as many humans as you have eaten some Popplers.
22) Bacon Pancakes
That’s what we’re gonna make ~bacon pancaaaaakes! You’ve seen them, you’ve heard of them– heck you probably even tried them already before they were cool. But now, thanks to Adventure Time, bacon pancakes are a lot more special to us geeks.
So start your Thanksgiving day with the proper breakfast. Tip: it won’t taste as good or as awesome if you don’t sing while cooking it, so you know the drill!
23) Oogie Boogie Ice Cream (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
There is no rule that only Halloween gets to be the nightmare before Christmas, you can also make it Thanksgiving too! This one is for the dessert part of the Thanksgiving dinner and will surely be a scene-stealer! Oobie Boogie’s ice cream.
P.S. unlike the original Oogie Boogie from Tim Burton’s movie, the ice cream does not have to be filled with bugs… though nothing is stopping you from doing that.
24) Sweetroll (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll? Well then it’s time to make some more so that the Dragonborns are well-fed when it comes to hunting dragons– I mean, joining you for Thanksgiving.
Skyrim has surely made one of the biggest waves ever in the history of gaming and geek culture. The sweetroll is only one of those waves and you would do well to include them in your Thanksgiving food list, especially if you want to feel like you were chosen by the gods.
25) Magic the Gathering Cocktails
Who wouldn’t love a game of Magic after a hearty Thanksgiving meal? It is customary for a Thanksgiving geek gathering to show off your Planeswalker skills to guests after showing off your bartending skills. Of course, one must not skip the Magic-themed cocktails, and there are plenty of colors to choose from.
Well, actually, there’s only about five, one for each mana type, but you already know that don’t you?
26) Pinhead’s Pizza (Hellraiser)
Okay, so Hellraiser is not exactly what one would want to be reminded of during a feast. However, Halloween has probably just passed and you are probably desensitized with all the blood and gore, right? Probably.
Hence, Pinhead’s Pizza would be quite easy to digest. While the said pizza does represent a large gaping flesh wound from a Cenobite’s victim, it does put your pizza chef skills to the test. By the way, those chains are not edible, nevertheless, don’t be shy, grab a big Ceno-bite!
27) Romulan Ale
The one, the only. This drink would make Spock turn into a Kirk since it can cause THE worst hangover ever in the galaxy. Fitting name for ruthless and diabolical Romulans.
This liquor is quite notorious in the Star Trek universe that it was made illegal there, thankfully, no Federation is going to arrest you in here if you make it.
28) Pumpkin Juice
Another great use for some leftover Jack-O’Lanterns provided they have not spoiled yet or have become sentient veggie horrors. Like bacon pancakes, these have become a lot more popular and significant to geek culture because of the Harry Potter franchise.
So if you do miss Hogwarts, this beverage will surely take you back. No need to be a crude emo Potions Master to mix it. Fifty points to whatever house you are in if you are successful in making Pumpkin Juice unless you’re a Hufflepuff.
29) Super Mario Mushroom Cupcakes
If you are ever in need of a 1UP or a boost this Thanksgiving, then there is no better food than mushrooms! But since psychedelic shrooms like the ones Mario loves are prohibited, you will have to settle for cupcakes.
Still, if you make-a the cup-a-cakes good enough-a, maybe you can fool Peach into joining you for Thanks-a-giving, eh? They come in different colors, though sadly, they do not make you bigger. Nevertheless, your guests will love them.
30) Symbiote Spaghetti
One of the biggest anti-hero movies of the year (sorry Deadpool, Venom is just cooler and has more depth). Of course, the biggest star of the Venom franchise is the black alien symbiote (who chose a cool name), who also likes to bond with things, literally.
So instead of bonding with you and subjecting yourself to multiple spectrums of crazy, just let the alien symbiote bond with your spaghetti, definitely something you will not regretti. It may not look appetizing at first, but once you taste it, you’ll be hooked, that’s Venom for you.
You’re welcome. Get it, because you are thankful for this list? Damn, I’m good.
So there is your Thanksgiving food for geeks. Which one are YOU gonna try this year?