Prim’s Basil Goat Cheese Balls

The Hunger Games will be out on DVD in 1 Week!

I have dubbed this “Hunger Games Week” here at Teacher by Day – Chef by Night. Each post this week will be some food as mentioned in The Hunger Games (and from the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, which I will be giving away in celebration of the Movie’s August 18th release). So stay tuned all week and you will have a delightful variation of goodies to serve at your Hunger Games Viewing Party next weekend!

Katniss grew up with very humble beginnings and would do what she could to keep her family alive (even if that meant risking her own life). Her sister, Prim, was not so adventurous, but could help feed the family with the help of her beloved goat. On the day of The Reaping, Prim makes Goat Cheese wrapped in Basil as a sort of Good Luck Gift for her older sister. Little did they know that Katniss (and Prim) would need all the luck that they could get.This dish is one of the first times that food is mentioned in the book and is also one of the first dishes you can serve at your Hunger Games Party (or any other time you want a delicious starter)

… If you have no idea what I am talking about then I suggest you read the book this week (won’t take you long – it is a page turner) and then when the movie is released: get it! Now why do I tell you to read the book and not just see the movie (well I am a teacher, let’s remember that) but also because the book is a lot better than the movie. If you have never read the book than I know the movie would be amazing in its own right – but (just like most book/movie combinations) it just isn’t quite the same as reading it yourself. That being said, you should really see this movie because it was great, even if food is not as important in the movie as it was in the book!

Prim’s Basil-Wrapped Goat Cheese Balls

Prim's Basil Goat Cheese Balls
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 10?
  • 5 ounces goat cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh black pepper
  • 25 large basil leaves
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients (except for the basil). Place a spoonful of the mixture onto each basil leaf. Plate and serve immediately (or cover and set in the refrigerator until ready to serve)
  2. *note – I only used about 10 basil leaves and therefore my goat cheese balls were probably a little too big, I suggest to make them smaller than I did
from the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook


One Year Ago – another recipe to save you from drowning, this time from cucumbers: Cucumber Boats

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… has a family member ever made you food as good luck, just as Prim did for Katniss (and did it work)?


Prim’s Basil Goat Cheese Balls — 8 Comments

  1. I. Love. This! Seriously, I might have to try several of the recipes this week instead of just one! Cannot wait until the movie comes out on DVD!

    • You will have to enjoy the recipes and then have a viewing party with all the goodies πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy everything as much as I enjoy making them!

  2. Ya know, I’ve been wondering when you were going to post these recipies ever since you showed me the book… Keep ‘um comin’!! (When you post some more from the book, could you also say some of those cool facts and reviews that are in there?! I would really like to know!) πŸ™‚

    • Your time is now here Emma – get excited! (I will include some snippets from the book – good idea, it is such a fun cookbook!)

  3. Great idea! And even better that it’s themed around the Hunger Games!!! Love that book! This recipe is simple yet I think people would love this at parties, etc. I’ll definitely remember this for my next gathering when I’m short on time but need something to bring πŸ™‚

    • My mom (who doesn’t even really like goat cheese) thought these were adorable & delicious when I brought them over (even better if you throw a cherry tomato on top – yum)