1920's Speakeasy Party - Need Heavy App Ideas
My husband and I are hosting a 1920's Speakeasy party next month and we're in need of some appetizer ideas. It doesn't necessarily have to be period, but a couple items would be nice. ..Even if it's something modern plated in a "1920's" way. We just want to have fun with it! :) Any ideas?
PS - We're hosting about 40 people, so make ahead or easy to prepare items are encouraged. Also, in traditional 1920's fashion there will be LOTS of alcohol involved :)
I pulled out my Spetember 1999 issue of Bon Appetit where the theme of the issue was "The American Century in Food."
Here are some food items that came out in the 1920s:
Baby Ruth (1920)
Oh Henry! (1920s)
Wonder Bread (21920)
Quaker quick cooking oats (1921)
Charleston Chew (1922)
Mounds Bar (1922)
Almond Roca (1923)
Milky Way (1923)
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (1923)
Sanka decaf coffee (1923)
Welch's grape jelly (1923)
Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink (1923)
Mr Goodbar (1925)
Hormel canned ham (1924)
Milk Duds (1926)
Hostess Cakes (1927)
Peter Pan Peanut Butter (1928)
Rice Krispies (1928)
Lithiated Lemonade (precursor to 7UP) (1929
Ruby Red Grapefruit (1929)
All that sugar kind of explains the Charleston.... I guess if you couldn't get drunk you could at least get cracked out on sugar.
The recipes include:
Caesar Dip with Crudites (and has the story behind Casear salad which this says was invented in 1924)
Roasted Clams with Pancetta and Red Bell Pepper Coulis (a lighter version of Clams Casino, which was all over menus in the 20s)
Sangria Jello Salad (with gelatin invented in the 1890s and electric refrigeration being more common by the 20s, Jello was apparently popular
Spagetti with Sicilian meatballs
Citrus Cheesecake with Marmalade Glaze
Chocolate Layer Cake with Rocky Road frosting
If any off those are of interest, let me know and I'll type them up. It sounds like a fun theme!
If you're willing to lean into the 30s, there's a recipe for goat cheese and watercress tea sandwiches or baked artichokes with crab and sourdough stuffing. I also have a 1933 cookbook if you need more ideas.