This soldier from Maynardsville, Tennessee has switched over to a new line of business, “and cousin, business is a-boomin’.” Before becoming the leader of the Basterds, Aldo ran moonshine in the mountains. Back there ramps (also known as hillbilly truffles) are a popular staple of local cuisine. They are in season in March and April and sold out of the back of pick-up trucks. From Helyn’s Kitchen comes this Smoky Mountain Ramp Salad recipe that the good Lieutenant would feel right at home eating in between fighting German soldiers.
A former German soldier, he has killed over 13 Gestapo officers and is just getting started. While not the most chatty of individuals, Hugo’s knife ironically still has the SS motto ‘Meine Ehre heißt Treue’ a.k.a. ‘My Honor is Named Loyalty.’ The ultimate German badass, his name was a tribute to a Mexican horror movie actor from the ’70s and ’80s. This recipe from GermanFoods.org is a hearty meal filled with German staples.
Shosanna runs the cinema La Gamaar under the false identity of Emmanuelle Mimieux. Furthermore she is the only survivor of Landa’s slaughter of her entire family (innocent French dairy farmers). This zucchini and pasta soup recipe from Traditions and Recipes is a popular Jewish dish served in France during Purim.
“I know this is a silly question before I ask it, but can you Americans speak any other language than English?” This German film star, double agent, and cigarette smoker unfortunately meets the Basterds at the basement tavern La Louisiane. But her miraculous survival is followed by a Cindarella-esque death at Landa’s hands. This semolina pudding recipe from The Kitchen Maus is a German classic!
The Lieutenant is a British army officer who is an expert in German language and film, but not so much on ordering drinks. Woolten Pie is a classic World War II recipe invented as a substitute for meat (heavily rationed at the time). Ironically with this vegetarian diet the British were found to be healthier during then after the war. This recipe comes to us from Genius Kitchen.
The “Bear Jew” is a former hairdresser from his Dad’s barbershop in Boston. He’s an obvious baseball fan with a penchant for Ted William’s style swings. Furthermore his bat is filled with signatures of Jewish people. This Boston Brown Bread recipe from American Food Roots was popular in the 1940s. Back then it was baked in a metal can giving it a unique shape. Be careful on using a metal can that has a coating that the bread can absorb, or that has indentations or decorative grooves. It can make de-molding the bread a bit more tricky.
This Austrian detective is much like Sherlock Holmes, to the point where he even smokes a pipe. However while highly intelligent, Landa is also merciless. One moment the Colonel claims no personal animosity to Semitic people. The next he ruthlessly hunts down and kills mostly Jews. This recipe from Shortlist.com is as delicious as this scene is chilling.