Retro hors d'oeuvres
I want to throw a party with classic cocktails and retro hors d'oeuvres. Here's a list of nibbles I've come up with. Any other suggestions? Something with sliced olives? Hot crab dip with toasted almonds?
1. Deviled eggs
2. Cheese balls
3. Swedish meatballs
4. Pigs in blankets
5. Mini quiche Lorraine
6. Baked brie in puff pastry
7. Spinach dip served in hollowed-out loaf of bread
8. Cheese sticks
9. Celery stuffed with cream cheese
re: King of Northern Blvd
do you mean rumaki? isn't that some sort of chicken liver/chestnut/bacon thing?
Another idea is this recipe in the big yellow gourmet cookbook for whole green olives (like the juicy big ones with the pimento) baked in a cheesy dough that are awesome and tres retro (to me at least).
there are a bunch of classic bacon-wrapped things: devils on horseback (cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon), angels on horseback (oysters wrapped in bacon), rumaki (chicken livers and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon), bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, and bacon-wrapped smokies (cocktail weenies).
Angels on horseback - scallops, oysters or shrimp wrapped in bacon - 1/3 slice bacon, top with seafood, sprinkle of fresh parsley and paprika, secure with toothpick and broil in oven.
I am a caterer and thi was a menu I did for a retro party. Sorry if I repeated some of your items.
Mini Meatloaf Sandwiches on Petite Soft Buns with Crisp Bacon and Spicy Mayonnaise
Mac n’ Cheese ~ Elbow Pasta baked with Creamy Three Cheese Sauce with Buttery Crumb Crust
Pigs in Blankets ~ Mini Hotdogs served with Honey Mustard Dip
Golden Triangles of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Demitasse Cups of Tomato Soup for dipping
Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Horseradish Cocktail Sauce
Potatoes Au Gratin ~ Creamer Potatoes layered with Gruyere and Cream with a touch of Nutmeg
Wedges of Iceberg Lettuce drizzled with Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing and sprinkled with Crumbled Bacon and finely diced Red Onion
Rice Krispy Treats half dipped in Chocolate
Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ Vanilla Ice Cream between Petite Chocolate Chip Cookies
My mom used to roll out white bread thin and coat with mayo, then sprinkle with parmesan and green onion and put them under the broiler. I remember liking these as a child in the 70's.
And any kind of cheese spread on Ritz crackers garnished with a pimento stuffed olive.
Then there are the classics like Chex party mix, sausage balls, potato skins.
If you feel like being creative, you can make a visually attractive canape with round crackers, another round of canned tomato aspic, topped with a pimento stuffed olive. A layer of cream cheese mixed with a couple drops of hot sauce tops it off. You can probably come up with other ideas like this.
i used to make pork sausage balls cooked in catsup and beer. It was really simple and well loved. Just empty quart bottle of beer into a pot and add an equal amt. of catsup. Roll a couple of lbs. of pork sausage into bite size balls and drop into the catsup/beer mixture while bringning it to a boil. Cook until the sauce has thickened. These can be doen ahead and reheated in a slow cooker to serve.
1/2 C. room temp. unsalted butter
2 C. sherp cheddar shredded
Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper
1 C. flour.
Mix it all up in a food processor or in mixer. Form into a log and either freeze for later or refrigerate until firm and then slice about 1/4" thick rounds and bake at 350 F. 12-15 mins and serve. i sometimes top them before baking with a toasted pecan
Then there was the old clam dip made with a small packet of cream cheese combined with a can of drained chopped clams and Worcestershire, onion and garlic powder to taste and a bit of lempn juice. You could lighten it with some good mayo too. Serve as a dip or pile on to toast rounds and broil.
Crab Rangoon of course!
Chex Party Mix
Port Wine Cheese and Horseradish Ball ... the one rolled in nuts.
Hell, I still do the spinach dip in bread for football and it is the first to go! With that said, mt mom used to make this thing called a Czar's crown? It was this egg salad type dip with sour cream and caviar on top! Also, who remembers dried beef...creamed chipped beef on toast...otherwise known as SOS??? Along with the czar's crown, i have a recipe for dried beef and mushroom dip. You HAVE to do some sort of mold..a jello shooter mold...with embedded fresh fruit instead of fruit cocktail....oh yeah baby!
I've been searching for a recipe and picture of Czar's Crown. A friend from the south gave me a recipe but there is no picture and I'm dying to see this thing in action. It's hard to believe it's not on the internet... I thought you could find everything on the internet. many thanks, Michelle in NYC
Where's the canned cheese whiz?????
Don't forget retro decor! Wear a frilly apron and use those wildly colored toothpicks, sticking as many things as you can on them and sticking them all into some crazy retro shaped styrofoam centerpiece!
BAKED CHEDDAR OLIVES
2 cup grated Sharp cheddar
1 cup flour
1/4 t cayenne
4 T softened butter
40 small pimento-stuffed olives, drained and patted dry
- Preheat Oven to 400
- Stir 1st three ingredients together
- Work in softened butter to form dough
- Drop dollop of dough on wax paper and place olive in middle
- Flour hands and roll olive in between your palms to cover olive
- Place all olives on a cookie sheet
- Bake 15 minutes
- Serve warm
Note: prepared olives can be kept in the fridge 2-3 hours before serving. Bring them to room temp. before baking.
French onion dip with chips. Gotta use Lipton onion soup mix and REAL sour cream. Chips must not be any fancier than Ruffles (plain).
re: Mill City Modern
my mother used to make the cocktail weiners with jelly-mustard sauce. it was my favorite party snack when i was a kid. instead of using grape jelly, though, she used currant. i still make them from time to time and although everyone pretends to enjoy them from an ironic perspective, they get eaten REALLY fast.
7 layer dip of course-made w/ canned bean dip.
I'm also partial to chili cheese dip in the crock pot-velveeta & hormel hot no beans.
A texas variation on this is a can of Rotel, velveeta, and browned spicy roll sausage.
Fritos w/ all of these!
Retro? Most of these sound exactly like the menus at the holiday open houses I went to in December!
Olives, celery sticks, sweet pickles, radishes served in an oval bowl.
This was usually out on the cocktail table or near the nuts, Or for a dinner party, it would be out on the table before the appetizers came out.
It was not an event at my aunt's house without this. My grandmother would serve this too.
dates stuffed with peanut butter and rolled in powdered sugar. No clue what they're officially called but they're really good lol
Back in the 70's my mother was quite the party hostess and I recall some of her stapels were:
Cheeseballs rolled in nuts and herbs
and my personal favorite..... pickled sweet watermelon rinds wrapped in cream cheese smeared salami slices YUMMI!
Cheese "things" as my friends and I call them:
2 c or so of grated sharp cheddar
3/4 c mayo
tbls or so of mustard
a few splashes of tabasco
splash or two of worcestershire sauce
Mix all together, spread on white bread squares (slices with crusts cut off and quartered)
heat under the broiler until hot, melty, and DELICIOUS!!
I second the suggestion of California dip!! (aka Lipton onion soup dip) Also, terrine-style loafs with gelatin (canned salmon mousse loaf, carrot loaf). And definitely pigs in a blanket (as you've already mentioned) Swedish meatballs is a classic, but why not go polynesian with "Waikiki meatballs"? :)
When I was a kid, we had a booklet that was full of recipes for cooking with Tang.
But if you can get your hands on one of the old betty crocker picture cookbooks, you're all set.
A brick of cream cheese covered w/ hot pepper jelly or that shrimp cocktail in a jar from the refrigerator section of the grocery. Serve w/ Ritz crackers.