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emq Aug 15, 2009 08:07 AM

I am hosting a Mad Men party on Sunday. I have deviled eggs, and a jello with fruit,but need a main course!!! Anyone have any ideas for a 1960's entree that will not require hours in kitchen
(it is too hot for swedish meatballs or fondue) ????

  1. pescatarian Aug 15, 2009 08:42 AM

    I think this will get moved to the home cooking board - why not just do a deli platter - wrap some thinly sliced salami around gherkins, along with an assortment of meat.

    Or pigs in blankets, if that's not too hot for you.

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    1. re: pescatarian
      fourunder Aug 15, 2009 09:13 AM

      I'm confused.....deli meat platter, salami wrapped gherkins....or pigs in the blanket......recommendations from a (pescetarian)


      First Choice: Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes or Macaroni & Cheese

      Second Choice: Take-Out Fried Chicken......wait, maybe this is my first choice instead.

      Third Choice: Sloppy Joe's

      Fourth Choice: Frozen TV Dinners

      1. re: fourunder
        pescatarian Aug 15, 2009 10:16 AM

        lol, not a pescatarian, although once was, and not always, so able to comment on meat

    2. Bryn Aug 15, 2009 10:40 AM


      Iceberg wedge salad!

      Shake and bake was invented in '65.

      1. hotoynoodle Aug 15, 2009 11:13 AM

        personally, i wouldn't want to be messing with fondue and trying to watch tv.

        these can all be prepped ahead:
        beef stroganoff
        chicken a la king
        beef wellington
        chicken en papillote
        shrimp or scallops wrapped in bacon


        chinese take-out of bbq ribs and chow mein

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        1. re: hotoynoodle
          Old Spice Aug 16, 2009 12:18 AM

          Whatever you decide to make, I think hotoynoodle has got the "tone" right for a Mad Men menu (Mad Menu?). The dishes are the kinds that the wife of a successful and well-compensated ad guy (aka Betty Draper or Monica Sterling) would have served at a dinner party. (Or even a Peggy type, looking to reflect the sophistication she's picked up.) Dishes that the norms of the day would consider "impressive," or "elegant."

          Don't know what tone you're looking for, but I wouldn't look toward the kitschy end of '60s food if i were doing a Mad Men dinner party.

          Actually, the food would be the least of my worries. I'd be totally stressed out about finding the perfect full-skirted hostess dress! Did my mom save any of those "party aprons" she wore, back in the day?! And what about my hair? Could my hairdresser squeeze me in for a set and dry?

          Oh, and Old Fashioneds and Vodka Gimlets are definitely in order.

        2. mnosyne Aug 15, 2009 11:42 AM

          Beef stroganoff and egg noodles. Great old standard.

          1. perk Aug 15, 2009 10:55 PM

            In one of the earlier episodes, when Betty met Don in the city for dinner....she ordered the sole....started with tomato juice....i think creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin on the side.

            1. hannaone Aug 16, 2009 01:58 AM

              Some more ideas:


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                Kater Aug 16, 2009 02:50 PM

                I think that you need to look the dinner party dishes that were considered chic at the time. My mother still talks about perfecting Beef Wellingon with her young married friends during that era. I don't think you want to go with picnic kitsch. Make the dishes that were considered 'fancy'!

                1. t
                  toveggiegirl Aug 16, 2009 02:52 PM

                  EPI has a Mad Men party menu. They suggest dishes like Beef Wellington and Creamed Spinach with Baked Alaska for dessert. They also have cocktail ideas.

                  1. chicgail Aug 16, 2009 03:12 PM

                    shrimp cocktail
                    Beef and corn casserole
                    Tuna-potato chip casserole
                    well-done meat
                    lasagna (made with cottage cheese)

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