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A Recipe For Adventure: Tavern Steaks and Otik’s Skillet Fried Potatoes

Tavern Steak with Otiks Skillet-Fried Potatoes

With busy lives and hectic schedules finding a simple meal to satisfy the appetite of your adventurers can be a difficult quest to complete. This challenge was recognized by Wizards of the Coast who answered the call to Bring us Heroes’ Feast: The Official D&D Cookbook.

Getting a Taste For Adventure 

Nothing Speaks to an adventurer like a “Tavern Steak” with a side of “Otik’s Skillet-Fried Spiced Potatoes”. I’m going to walk you through this amazing recipe that is sure to satisfy adventurers of all shapes and sizes. A detailed ingredient list will be included at the end of the page.

Since this is a relatively quick recipe it’s best to have all of your ingredients handy.

Any brand will do, these are what was available in my area


Since the potatoes will take a little bit longer that was where we will start. I started by scrubbing up my potatoes and chopping them into cubes and set them off to the side. This recipe calls for diced onions, I purchased mine diced from my local grocery store. If you are dicing your own onions, you can dice what you need for the potatoes as well as the Tavern Steaks. While you do this, you will want to start to warm 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a 12 to 14 inch skillet over medium heat. Once you have diced your large onion add that to your skillet with the salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until soft and golden brown.

While the onions are cooking, place your potatoes in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 5-7 minutes until the edges start to become soft.

Once the onions are soft and golden remove them from the pan and place in a bowl to the side. Wipe out the skillet and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and 1 tablespoon of salted butter. Heat them in the pan and swirl them to mix them together. Once they are mixed add your potatoes and turn them to ensure they are thoroughly coated in the oil and butter mixture.

Continue cooking until golden on the outside but soft on the inside. Add salt, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne. Toss potatoes to ensure the spices thoroughly coat the mixture and set aside.

Next you will need to start on the Tavern Steaks. Wipe out your skillet and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil your remaining onions and cook over medium heat until onions are soft. While your onions are cooking start to combine the ground chuck and ground lamb in a large bowl along with salt and pepper. Once the onions are soft and browned add them to the meat mixture and mix in thoroughly.


You are now ready to begin separating the mixture into 6 equal portions and form them into burger patties. The patties can be cooked on a grill or in a skillet for 3-10 minutes depending on how you prefer to have your burgers cooked. Consult food preparation guidelines to ensure you are cooking them to the correct internal temperature to avoid any food born illnesses.



Once the Burgers have been cooked feel free to add cheese or one of the sauces found in the official cookbook.

Place on a piece of toasted bread such as Texas toast, French bread or brioche bun plate with your potatoes and you are ready to serve.

Final Thoughts

Both of these recipes came from the Human Cuisine section of the book which meant that the ingredients were common ingredients that are readily available at most grocery stores. The recipes also don’t require any kind of complicated cooking tools. The items used are things that most people will have readily available in their kitchens.

From start to finish this meal was completed in 60 minutes which breaks down to about 30 minutes per recipe. You could potentially save a little bit of time by slicing the potatoes into rounds rather than cubing them into smaller pieces.

This will make 6 servings which is what makes it great for most households

Be sure to toast your bread prior to placing the burgers on top to ensure that it doesn’t turn the bread to mush.

You can also cook the burgers on a grill. I cooked them on the stove top because the weather the day I was making this was less than desirable for outdoor cooking.



Otik’s Skillet-Fried Spiced Potatoes                           Tavern Steaks                                                         

2 tablespoons neutral tasting oil                                  2 teaspoons olive oil

1 large Yellow onion                                                     1 small yellow onion

Kosher Salt                                                                    Kosher Salt

4 potatoes                                                                    11/2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme

1 tablespoon salted butter                                           12 oz ground lamb

freshly ground black pepper                                        12 oz ground chuck

1 teaspoon sweet paprika                                            Freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

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