Tuna Noodle Appetizer?
Ok, here is the challenge. We are having a birthday party with a 50's theme, and want to do 50's foods, but as it is a cocktail party and not a sit down dinner (and has a more swanky vibe) we don't want to do casseroles and things of that nature. We think it would be really funny to make a tuna noodle casserole appetizer of some sort, but are not sure how to go about it. Should we make tiny pasty cups and fill them with tuna noodle? create nests out of the noodles themselves?
We are having 70+ people, so we really do have to stick to finger food, not knife and fork food.
Any clever ideas? Or other deconstructions of iconic 50s foods we might consider?
If you don't want to fuss with making a shell or crust of some sort, you could make the casserole than serve it in chinese soup spoons. It's even a bit of an ironic nod to the fact that Chinese food was "exotic" in the 50s and canned La Choy chow mein was actually considered food.
You could serve a dollop of tuna casserole on a homemade potato chip.
For more 50s ideas, check out this page:
Some ideas from the 1950 ed.ition of Betty Crocker's Cook Book.:
PB and Bacon on toast.
Chutney and Bacon on toast.
Minced Clam and Cream Cheese on toast.
Deviled Ham on toast.
Anchovy or Sardine on toast.
Smoked Oysters on toast.
Cucumber and Anchovy on toast.
Savory Muchroom Canapes on toast.
Chili and Sardine on toast.
Hot Cheese Puffs
Hot Crabmeat Puffs
Miniature Pigs in Blankets
Cheese Bacon Rolls
Herring Apple Spread
Cream Cheese Olive Anchovy spread
Sweet Pickles wrapped in fillets smoked salmon or anchovy
Bacon wrapped Green Olives
Dried Beef and Cream Cheese spread
Bologna spread with Cream Cheese seasoned with onions or chives and mustard.
Pecans with Anchovy
Savory Dill Franks
Green Balls -grated Swiss cheese, minced cooked ham, mustard, egg yolk, S&P roll in minced chives or parsley.
You wouldn't need the hassle of rolling and cutting pastry - you could make a crumb crust using your favorite crackers - or potato chips, the classic TN casserole topping - crushed and mixed with melted butter and an egg (egg is optional but helps the crust solidify better), then pressed into mini-muffin tins for two-bite hors d'oeuvres. Bake filled, and serve warm.
Maybe this is a bit out there but a thread on my local board got me thinking - what about tuna noodle meets crab rangoon? Do tuna casserole filling inside wonton wrappers? instead of a fussy shape you could just fold them and deep fry or even brush them with butter or oil & bake off the wonton wrappers in muffin tins and stuff them with the casserole.
If you didn't want to use wontons you could also use fresh pasta sheets and make packets (with or without the noddles inside & serve them on sticks...