If you're dedicated to metal music, chances are there's other areas of your life that could greatly benefit from being perhaps a little more metal. And thankfully, as we [appropriately] enter the Thanksgiving/ Holiday season, there's now a way to turn up the volume on your culinary skills with Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes and Mayhem From the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal. Featuring input from Roadrunner artists like DevilDriver, Type O Negative, Megadeth, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Soulfly/ Cavalera Conspiracy among many other metal masters, author/ Moth Eater bassist Steve Seabury has collected a plethora of recipes from Opening Acts (appetizers) to Headliners (entrees) to Encores (desserts). To find out more about where metal and cooking collide, we caught up with Seabury to not only discuss food and music, but to get a couple recipes to turn our holiday meals up to eleven. Read on to see what he had to say, and don't miss Max Cavalera's Brazilian Lemon Chicken recipe and Tyler Connolly's Party Potatoes below!
What specific meal sparked your love affair with good food? And what band sparked your love affair with good metal?
My mom used to make homemade Mac & Cheese when I was a kid. This has to be my first love for food. When I knew my mom was going to make this for supper I was always on my best behavior. Its just so damn good. I actually put the recipe in the book. I named it 'The Best Damn Mac & Cheese In The Whole Damn Universe.' Trust me it is.
When I turned 16 I was hanging in the parking lot at my High School during lunch.This is where all of the metal heads would hang to smoke and crank out some tunes. One day my friend was jamming out to Sad Wings of Destiny. I thought it was amazing. He told me about this new band at the time called Megadeth. After school I went to the local record store and bought the cassette of Peace Sells. When I first heard 'Wake Up Dead' I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Anything that is METAL! I love that song and I love Megadeth. It's probably the best Thrash Metal Song EVER!!!
How did you first get into cooking? Once you really developed a knack for it, what were some things you tried to perfect cooking straightaway and how long did it take you to nail it? Same question on the musician front: What song did you play along to the most when you were learning your craft?
I used to work at various restaurants when I was in High School. I would flip burgers, sling pizza's and I washed plenty of dishes. But I really learned how to cook in my first year of college. Campus food was so awful. I would steal items from the mess hall, go to the super market and I turned my dorm room into a prison kitchen. With the help of a coffee maker, toaster oven and an electric skillet I could turn anything into something you might find in a 5 Star Restaurant. Ok maybe a 4 Star.
I started playing music at the age of 8 when I first picked up the saxophone. I loved playing and learning to read and write music. I traded in my sax for a bass guitar which I still play today in my band called Moth Eater. I was never really into playing other peoples music. I always loved writing my own but I know I must have spent hours learning how to play that bass solo in 'Peace Sells' and Cliff Burton's bass solo on 'Master of Puppets'. Cliff is a GOD to me.
Where food and metal meet, what do you find is the biggest common ground?
There are plenty of recipes in the book from every culinary view point. Most of these bands have all traveled the world playing shows. They have gotten the chance to eat food that most of us would never get to experience. Every page turn you are going to find amazing recipes and the crazy stories behind each recipe. There are plenty of different cultures and cooking styles that I think everyone will find their personalfavorites.
Your book mentions you personally prepared most of the 'Mosh Potatoes' recipes in your kitchen at home. What was the hardest concoction ? And what's the biggest repeat offender on your personal menu?
I have tried and cooked up about 80 - 90 percent of the recipes. I love cooking, eating and drinking a good beer. I am a big fan of the Evile - Cheese On Toast recipe, if you like chili then you are going to freak out when you try Chuck Schuldiner's Evil Chili that his mom sent me, Zakk Wylde's Spaghetti & Meatballs, the Pantera - Texas BBQ From Hell and Joey Z has a kick ass recipe called Stuffed Lobster Zampella. There are so many it's super hard to narrow it down.
Wait to you try the dessert section on the book. WOW! The guys in Fear Factory, Hatebreed and Megadeth can bake some bad ass goodies. The Naam Pecan Pie is the biggest repeat offender for me. I am getting hungry now just thinking about it. It's beyond anything you could find in a store or restaurant.
The one recipe that I haven't tried yet and I am very scared to cook is a recipe called Krakatoa Surprise from Lemmy. I would love to have someone send me photos of them making this one. It's insane!
With Thanksgiving upon us, what is your favorite part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal?
Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday. My mom puts out the spread. Everything is home made and everything tastes like its from heaven. Once I wake up from the food coma sitting on the lazy boy watching football I have to stuff myself with the greatest food invention ever. Home made Pumpkin Pie. When I eat that Pumpkin Pie everything in life will be put on hold. Dont talk to me. My mind and soul are on a different planet. Beyond amazing.
Do you have a personal recipe you like to use that you could share?
This year we are going to do a Heavy Metal Thanksgiving in celebration of the Mosh Potatoes Cookbook. We are going to be making a bunch of the recipes in the book to go along with the fried turkey. Fried Turkey is a gift from the Gods. I love it. We are going to make the New Orleans Bread Pudding from Eyehategod, Charlie Benante's family home made stuffing, the Dream Theater Meatballs, Brussels Sprouts & Chourico Sausage from Barry of Shinedown and all of the other Thanksgiving staples. Its going to be 100% METAL. I cant wait.
As far as the “backstage pass” we’ve been given through the book, are there any rock star recipes from 'Mosh Potatoes' you would recommend to turn up the volume on the traditional Thanksgiving meal?
If you really want to turn up the METAL on this Thanksgiving and do something way out of the box then I would make the Shrimp Clits on Grit Cakes from Gwar or the Hot Rod Penis Loaf from Genitorturers. I am sure all of the ladies will dig that recipe. And for all of those left overs I would recommend the Demon Hunters Mashed Potatoes Sandwich. Its actually very good. I am sure this will get grandma and grandpa up in arms when they find out what they are eating [laughs].
I hope everyone has plenty of good food, family and cold beer for this up coming Turkey Day!!! Leave all of the world's problems at the door and just appreciate the day. Beers Up! & God Bless America.
Brasilian Lemon Chicken
"Barbecuing outside with my favorite jams on the boombox. First make sure you have a full tank of propane for the grill. When I go to the store, I always look for the fattest chicken drumsticks that I can find. The key is the fresh lemons. Then flavor the BBQ chicken all they way through."
Grab about 6 lemons
Garlic - minced
BBQ Sauce - home made or store bought
"The main accompaniment is a big dash of maniacal metal. This is a must. While I am going through my CD's for something tantalizing, the chicken legs are soaking in a ziplock bag, along with olive oil, freshly squeezed lemons, and a bit of garlic. Sometimes I throw fresh rosemary in. The longer the chicken soaks, the more juicy and tender it will be.
"BBQ the chicken. I take the juice from the bag, and baste the legs while they are cooking. I use several additional fresh lemons that I squeeze over the chicken. I do this several times. I usually coat half the chicken in BBQ sauce. Serve up with a lot of salt.
"Pre-heat the grill to 400 degrees F. Take the chicken out of the bag and place on the heated grill. Take the juice from the bag and baste the legs while they are cooking. Squeeze additional lemons over the chicken. Do this several times. I usually coat half the chicken in BBQ Sauce. Sprinkle the salt and eat."
Theory of a Deadman
"The First Time I had party potatoes was at my wife's parents house on Vancouver Island. Took one bite and thought this is the fuckin bomb!! These go with any dish and are great as a morning hangover remedy. The only thing missing from this rock n roll staple is waking up next to Giada Delaurentiis from the cooking channel. Which I’ve obviously have dun."
1 1/2 kg. (3lb) bag of frozen hash browns
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
2 cups container of sour cream
2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup melted margarine
"Mix soup, margarine and sour cream into a lasagna pan. Mix in hash browns and then cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Eat then partyyyyyyyyyy"