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May 4, 2010 11:39 AM

Looking for ideas for an 80's theme party

I am attending a party this weekend with an 80's theme and wanted to make a fun appetizer/ dish/ dessert. Does anyone have an ideas of things that would go well with the theme?

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  1. Dunno about fun, but sushi always says '80s party to me. Also, salmon mousse on cucumber slices.

    A friend's mom was a caterer during that time, and she made "crab rangoon dip" that was actually really awesome. It's a basic cream cheese/garlic/crabmeat dip, served warm with fried Chinese noodles.

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    1. re: dmd_kc

      Cajun food. It was all the rage in the 80's. Go ahead and blacken something!

      1. re: Nursemegg

        Definitely first thing that came to mind- blacken something...anything...everything!

    2. Anything with sun dried tomatoes.

      1. If you have, or can get your hands on, the Silver Palate cookbook, that was the quintessential '80s cookbook. Not home at the moment, or I'd pull it out and look up some of the dishes. But I remember lots of recipes featuring goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, fruity vinegar, pesto. A lot of mainstays of Mediterranean cuisine--fresh herbs, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts--became trendy during that time. And it seeemed as though everyone was serving mousse--chocolate, but others as well--during that time.

        Chicken Marbella from SP is one of its most popular mains.

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        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          I just pulled out the SP cook book this morning to make chicken marabella. there are cheese straws, lots of mousse's etc in cookbook as mentioned.

        2. Thickly sliced cooked new potatoes with a bit of half sour cream/half plain yogurt with a little chives and a dollop of caviar. (My secret: I love baked potatoes with sour cream and cheap grocery-store caviar.)

          1. make a bunch of homemade McDLTs. The hot side stays hot, the cool side stays cool. Serve it with wine coolers