PSA: The X-Files is coming to SBS and your feast is out there.
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7 Jun 2019 - 10:15 AM  UPDATED 11 Jun 2019 - 11:33 PM

Twenty-six might sound like a young age for a mere mortal, but for science-fiction series, The X-Files, you could say it’s aged gracefully. The series is said to be one of the longest-running science fiction television series’ and SBS VICELAND has announced that for the very first time it will air on Australian television, remastered in HD.

There are plenty of dark, suspense-filled scenes as villains become uncovered – the perfect opportunities to hoe into an extra-terrestrial snack. But how will you decide what to eat? Well, here are five meal pairings for the first five episodes of season one (no spoilers) while you wait to see what detectives Fox Mulder and Dana Scully uncover next…

1. Paranormal activity

Episode one: Mulder and Scully are assigned to work with one another on a paranormal activity case involving alien abductions. We can’t say for sure, but if any alien colony is known for baking, they probably already serve these during significant holidays or when there's an intergalactic friend visiting.

2. The pilot

Episode two: The duo is investigating the disappearance of a military pilot in Idaho. Get stuck into the defence force theme with this spicy, noodle-filled Korean military stew.

3. Get stuffed

Episode three: Without giving too much away, this episode’s offender has a history of gorging [on humans] before tucking away for a thirty-year nap. Stuff yourself with a big tray of this waffle, maple and sausage stuffing at your viewing party and guests are sure to sleep soundly with full bellies.

4. Channelling childhood

Episode four: Detective Mulder becomes obsessed over a case with a close link to his childhood and estranged sister, Samantha. Channel your inner American child with these mac and cheese cupcakes. If you prefer a bowl of gooey cheesy pasta just skip the baking step and tuck in. If you’re feeling ambitious try the Heston Blumenthal version.

5. New Jersey flavour

Episode five: The state of New Jersey is known for producing a few things: one is a legendary folkloric creature capable of murder, according to The X Files; the other is Jersey potatoes. Scoff down a slice of this potato and chorizo tortilla while Scully and Mulder uncover the creepy Jersey killer. For extra inspo, peep all our potato recipes here.

In-episode food

As a bonus, here are two notable food moments from the series: during episode 10 of season 2, Mulder wipes the sauce from barbecue ribs from Scully’s face, and in season 3 episode 20, Mulder is said to have eaten a whole sweet potato pie while questioning a diner cook. There's plenty fo food spots to fill your plates alongside the series. 

American-style smoked ribs

"Earlier in the year, we road tripped through America’s South from Kentucky to Texas, where we stopped at many a roadhouse and indulged in some delicious southern-style cooking. One of our favourites was smoky slow-cooked ribs! We’ve tried to replicate the taste back home using some of the advice we picked up on our journey. The most important things to remember are: the ribs have to be dry-rubbed, cooked slow, mopped with sauce and, just when you think you’re done, add more sauce! Yee-haw! Best served with coleslaw – mmm... flavour town." Poh Ling Yeow, Poh & Co. 2

Sweet potato pies with marshmallow tops

Aussies have a tough time getting their heads around this one. But really, how much can they protest — they eat Vegemite. 

From June 10, The X-Files airs weeknights at 7:30pm on SBS VICELAND. After broadcast, episodes will be available at SBS On Demand.

OTHER AMERICAN SNACKS FOR CONSIDERATION
Homemade s’mores

S'mores are an American classic, usually bought pre-made and often eaten on camping trips. But you can DIY your own with this recipe, a layer of homemade toasted marshmallow between two thin chocolate crackers.

Classic American burger

What defines a classic American burger? Make it grilled, make sure there are mustard and pickles, and do not forget the cheese and bacon.

Easy banoffee pie

This classic American dessert combines banana, caramel, cream and chocolate in an easy make-ahead dessert. Make sure you it's chilled properly so the caramel filling can set.

Hot wings with red cabbage, apple and fennel slaw

Inspired by North America’s Buffalo wings, these punchy little numbers lose nothing from being baked rather than fried. Hot sauces vary widely in heat and potency. American hot sauces tend to be a little milder than Mexican or Caribbean varieties. Whatever you use, adjust the honey, seasonings and vinegar to suit your own tastes.

Onion rings

If you're dreaming of an American BBQ, onion rings are the perfect addition to Kansas City-style ribs. Freshly cut onions will give you the best product and the thicker the onions are cut, the lower the oil temperature should be to ensure that the onions are cooked at the same time as the coating. Oh, and once you've finished frying, the onion-flavoured oil is fantastic drizzled over steamed fish. 

Hush puppies

Hush puppies, a fried dumpling made from cornmeal, are the best accompaniment for whole hog in The Carolinas.  Another great way to use this recipe is to cover hot dog sausages with this mixture and then roll them in cornmeal to make corn dogs, which gives the exterior an amazing crunch. Serve with American pulled pork.

Jelly ring doughnuts

Jelly rings are a popular American candy featuring rings of jelly covered in chocolate. In my doughnut version, a take on the classic Hanukkah jelly doughnut, I bake mini chocolate doughnuts and fill them with raspberry doughnut jam using a syringe. I dip them in chocolate and voila! They look and taste like my husband's all-time favourite candy. You’ll need a mini doughnut pan and flavour injector syringe, from cake decorating shops.