Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Alexa bring the flavors of Middle Earth to the table

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While many people “ask Alexa” for almost anything, Chef Marcus Samuelsson has brought a new taste to the conversation. The celebrated chef and restaurateur have offered delectable delights at his numerous restaurants around the globe. In the latest offering, these new recipes take a trip to a local less traveled. Ready for a taste of Middle Earth with these The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power recipes?

Food transcends the plate. While family recipes might offer glimpse into personal history, grandma’s Sunday gravy is not the only taste of food and culture. From favorite travel locales to inspiration from popular television shows, flavor inspiration can come from almost anywhere.

As the new Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power captivates viewers, Chef Samuelsson created several recipes that draw inspiration from the story. Available via Alexa, the dishes are creative yet approachable. Whether people are experienced chefs or fans of the show, these dishes might be the perfect pairing.

Chef Samuelsson said, “It was about having fun with it, creating your own world, and knowing that it had to be delicious. Having a great tool like Alexa in the kitchen [can help] you source information quickly and then build that world.”

Each dish has a particular inspiration. From characters to locales, the dishes reflect both the series as well as Chef Samuelsson’s personal journey. Whether it is part of his heritage or a place that he lived, each recipe is unique yet rooted in the familiar.

Here are the Chef Marcus Samuelsson The Rings of Power recipes that can be found on Alexa.

  • Amdelyn: Ora King Salmon Crudo with Cara Cara Orange, Chili, and Pistachio
  • Harfoots: Roasted Caraflex Cabbage with Farro, Hazelnut, Wild Mushroom and Blackberry
  • Dwarves: Spiced Lamb Shoulder Chops with Salt Roasted Beets and Herbed Labneh
  • Southlands: Grilled Skirt Steak Sandwich with Poblano Chimichurri, Pickled Red Onion and Watercress
  • Serentine: Stracciatella, Lemon, Anchovy, and Broccoli Rabe Pizza
  • Eregion: Fried Chicken with Braised Collard Greens
  • Númenor Dessert: Apricot Almond Olive Oil Cake with Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche

Looking at the dishes, some items might look a tad familiar. Who isn’t familiar with Chef Samuelsson’s fried chicken. It might not necessarily be the same as a Red Rooster dish, but it could be a way to elevate that fried chicken from the home kitchen.

At the same time, many of the recipes have bold flavors. From the spices to the sauces, these ideas might help to transform that traditional Sunday dinner. Whether it is a willingness to try a new pizza topping or starting to appreciate how to build flavors, the home cook is taking one step to explore what can some from the kitchen.

In addition, using Alexa for recipe creation can help some people gain confidence in the kitchen. From easy-to-follow instructions to feeling like there is a guiding hand over the pan, a little help can go a long way.

Lastly, these recipes help people to start that conversation about food and culture. From the foodie who loves a new creation to the television fan who wants to bring that experience off the screen, the hope is to create a community and have a little fun in the process. After all, food is meant to be fun.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power can be watched on Prime Video. The Power of the Rings Recipes are available by saying “Alexa, show me The Rings of Power recipes.” Other items, like music and reading the stories, can be enjoyed via Alexa.