December 31, 2012 11:22 AM   Subscribe

We're throwing a Three Kings party. What are some regal foods?

We'll have 15-20 adults and kids (most kids in the under-5 set) over this Sunday. One or two vegetarians, one kid with a dairy allergy. What are some good finger foods on a "3 Kings" theme?

We can do King Crab legs. I've never had Chicken ala King but I know it's a thing. I'll get Chessman cookies. What else?

And of course we'll have the King of Beers.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Roasted Beets (Purple!!) cut up to finger food sizes... Easy to do, a little olive oil and salt....serve with toothpicks... Roasted Cauliflower is also amazing....slather (southern term) with butter for the last 15 minutes....not purple but delicious!!
posted by pearlybob at 11:26 AM on December 31, 2012

Rosca de Reyes, naturally.
posted by drlith at 11:27 AM on December 31, 2012

Well, Budweiser is the King of Beers. Supposedly.
posted by something something at 11:31 AM on December 31, 2012

Galette des rois
posted by zadcat at 11:32 AM on December 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Dang it! I missed that it's already on the menu. Carry on.
posted by something something at 11:32 AM on December 31, 2012

King cake! It's Mardi Gras food in the United States, but it makes a lot more sense for Epiphany, now that I think about it (plastic baby Jesus inside).
posted by teditrix at 11:38 AM on December 31, 2012 [6 favorites]

Golden french fries, Franks, and...well, I ran out of steam for myrrh, but you get the idea.
posted by pitrified at 11:44 AM on December 31, 2012

Mirto digestif!
posted by brujita at 11:48 AM on December 31, 2012

King Dons.
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:48 AM on December 31, 2012

Gold-wrapped chocolate coins?

If they don't all get eaten, you can save the rest for the next Pirate Party.
posted by Elly Vortex at 11:49 AM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Kind of a stretch, but something with royal icing?

I would associate saffron something with royalty... Or other expensive foods, maybe. Exotic fruits.
posted by mgogol at 11:50 AM on December 31, 2012

Also, king cake + galette des rois + rosca de reyes = versions of the same thing, FYI. It's yummy, though, and a definite must if you are unfamiliar with it. Make sure to get the obligatory plastic baby Jesus for it.
posted by pitrified at 11:52 AM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread! It's available in most supermarkets I think, and the web site has lots of recipes if you don't just want to serve plain rolls.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:01 PM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Kir Royale
Something with royal icing (like decorative flowers--royal icing is actually pretty gross to eat)
That's all I got. Except--you're going to wear corduroy, right?
posted by HotToddy at 12:34 PM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

RC Cola, if you can find it! And any snacks made by Wise men, such as these. (Also, maybe Shepherd's Pie?)

And if you need to stretch the theme even further, how about some Frank(incense)s & Beans? With (Yukon) Gold fries? And for dessert, some Myrrh-engues? or Wee Cheese Rings plus Orient Ar(tichokes)?

Or you could do something for the kids made out of The Jifs of the Magi... or Bethleham biscuits... or maybe some tofu dish you can call "Tidings of Great Soy"... or a Star with Royal Fruity Bites...
posted by argonauta at 1:14 PM on December 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Crown roast rack of lamb or pork.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:27 PM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Coronation chicken. It's basically British chicken salad: cooked chicken cubes, mayo, and curry powder. You can make finger sandwiches with it (the chutney in her recipe is not traditional), or you can put it on cracker rounds or sliced french bread.

For the last two options you put a tiny sprig of coriander on the top to garnish each round. You can get fancy and add sultanas/raisins and all manner of shite but when it was invented for EII's coronation, Britain was just at the very end of rationing and cooking was still quite straight-forward.
posted by DarlingBri at 1:38 PM on December 31, 2012

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but the only thing I remember anyone eating or drinking in that film is motor oil. That sounds like a horrible idea.

If you don't mean the film, what is a "3 kings" party?
posted by Radiophonic Oddity at 1:50 PM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Radiophonic, the Three Kings are the biblical magi or wise men who came to Jesus after his birth.

No food ideas to contribute, but I hope you have lots of silly gold plates and cutlery for the royal effect. :)
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 1:57 PM on December 31, 2012

Get some edible gold leaf. You can use it to garnish something else you are making, or do something like jello shots with gold in them.
posted by AnnaRat at 2:25 PM on December 31, 2012

For some reason, I think of chicken and waffles as being royal fare, but I might be a little off on my medieval history.
posted by oceanjesse at 2:59 PM on December 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Instead of the King of Beers, you could also drink Corona, spanish for Crown (and also referring to the region immediately around the sun)
posted by Sunburnt at 3:29 PM on December 31, 2012

posted by Serene Empress Dork at 4:04 PM on December 31, 2012

A crown shaped cookie cutter will make any cake, cookie, sandwich, burger or whatever regal enough. If you have a lot of kids under five it'll get the message across for them with ease.
posted by Jilder at 11:07 PM on December 31, 2012

I will pass along a joke that came in a Christmas popper this year:

How does King Wenceslaus like his pizza? Deep pan, crisp and even.

So that's what I recommend. Deep pan pizza.

Also, Party City has plates and napkins, etc, for the LA Kings hockey team. It's all purple and some of it just has the crown emblem on it.
posted by CathyG at 10:53 AM on January 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

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