While still mourning Conan O’Brien’s departure from the network that shall not be spoken of, we’re considering making some of these recipes in his honor while anxiously awaiting his television return this September. Fork you Leno!

1) Piña Colada

From elgin.jessica’s flickr stream

​Only if made with Coco Lopez of course. We would like to rename it “Team Coco Lopez,” but we’re pretty sure the company’s not down with that.

Recipe from drinksmixer.com:
1 1/2 oz light rum
2 oz Coco Lopez® cream of coconut
2 oz pineapple juice
1 cup crushed ice

Blend until smooth with one cup of ice, and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry. Get soused and walk around the mall burning an effigy of the large-chinned man that just won’t go away.

2) Flan de Coco

From Tiffany Velez’s flickr stream

​Latin and lovely, this rich egg custard dessert has a Caribbean twist that, well, doesn’t remind us of anything about our tall, pasty Irish funnyman, but it has the word “coco” in the title, so just deal with it, alright?

Recipe from allrecipes.com:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1/2 cup milk
6 eggs
1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut

Place 1 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook gently, without stirring, but shaking occasionally until the sugar has melted. Continue cooking until the sugar has completely melted, and turned golden brown. Pour into a large, glass baking dish. Spread the caramel evenly over the bottom of the dish, then set aside to cool for 15 minutes before proceeding.

Once the caramel has hardened, pour the condensed milk, evaporated milk, milk, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, and coconut into a blender. Blend for 3 minutes until smooth. Pour into baking dish over the caramel.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes until set. When done, remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Run a knife (feel free to use the same knife Leno and NBC used to stab Conan in the back) around the edges of the dish to separate the flan from the sides. Refrigerate overnight. Watch this and relax.

3) Coco Loco


​So perhaps a theme is developing here with all the tropical drinks. Can we help it that “coco” is short for “coconut”?

Recipe from drinksmixer.com:
1 oz dark rum
1 oz light rum
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz creme de bananes
1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz coconut cream
1/2 oz sugar syrup

Pour the rum, vodka, creme de bananes, pineapple juice, coconut cream and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. After finishing, throw pineapple wedge at the television screen every time you see the multi-colored peacock appear.

4) Conan O’Brien’s Irish Lamb Stew

From PlaysWithFood’s flickr stream

​Featured in Good Housekeeping, the editor even showed up on the March 20th episode to chat about it.

Click here for the recipe.

5) Bear Stroganoff

From benketaro’s flickr stream

​Not our favorite skit, but the self-pleasuring bear can finally be put to rest after you cook him up in a big pot of stroganoff.

Recipe from cooks.com:
1 lb. cubed bear meat
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg. brown gravy mix
1 pkg. French onion

Cook bear meat until well done; drain excess fat in frying pan. Mix all ingredients with bear meat and bring to a boil, simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles. Sit back and enjoy the meal, knowing the bear you’re eating lived a very happy life.

6) Rutmus


​Conan’s uncanny resemblance to the Finnish president, Tarja Halonen, is the inspiration behind this Finland favorite.

Recipe from recipezaar.com:
1 lb firm potato
1/2 lb turnip or rutabaga
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup cream or milk
salt and pepper

Boil potatoes until tender. In second pot Boil turnips (rutabagas) until fork tender. Drain well. Combine all ingredients in mixer. Blend until smooth and serve hot.

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