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Feb 21, 2013 05:09 PM

Classic Retro Inspired Dishes

We have had a thread on vintage pie, vintage cake, vintage stews and braises and nostalgia seems to be of interest. So in the spirit of what is classic what retro inspired dish recipe do you have or want to see on your plate? I just saw a cooking show that featured sweet and sour meatballs as a classic retro inspired dish.

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    1. re: monavano

      I have never made this but looked up a recipe and that is something I would absolutely make=comfort food. I found a recipe in link below, is this similar to what you make?

      1. re: Ruthie789

        I'm a little dubious about the cheddar, and think something gruyere-ish would be more retro, but go for it.

        1. re: sr44

          I'm old enough to have been served chicken divan unironically, and can back up sr44 here: use a Swiss type of cheese, not cheddar.

          1. re: ellabee

            Obviously, there were some variations. I, too, am old enough to have served this the first time around and my original recipe (still on a food-stained index card) calls for cheddar.

          2. re: sr44

            I always made it with cheddar- no gruyere in the grocery stores in the seventies.

            1. re: Berheenia

              No gruyere, but there was always "swiss cheese". Holds up better to heat...

          3. re: Ruthie789

            If you read the poster's commentary on the website about the Chicken Divan recipe, you'll see the phrase "no mayonnaise, no cream of whatever." That's because the recipe that got shared in the late 60s called for those two ingredients. Of course, Chicken Divan goes back even farther than the 60s and the original version probably looked a lot like what is posted in the web site.

            What's fascinating is that those of us who were learning how to cook and the value of good, natural ingredients by watching Julia Child's first programs were simultaneously making recipes which called for all sorts of shortcuts and substitutions.

            The version of Chicken Divan that most young brides cooked from that era used the following ingredients:

            2 pkg frozen broccoli
            2-4 whole chicken breasts
            2 cans cream of chicken soup
            1 cup mayonnaise
            1 teaspoon lemon juice (or more to taste)
            1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (or more to taste)
            1/4 cup soft bread crumbs made into crumbe
            1 tablespoon melted butter
            1 teaspoon curry

            1. re: Indy 67

              I have never tried this recipe before, but like that it is drenched in cooking liquid as I find chicken dry, especially skinless and boneless. I am going to make it for dinner this week. Thank you for posting your recipe and I appreciate all contributors to this topic.

              1. re: Ruthie789

                I find skinless chicken is always dry so I cook it with the skin on and either remove it before serving or just leave it on especially if it is nicely browned.

                1. re: subrosa39

                  I agree. Sometimes I cannot even find chicken breast bone in, skin on at the store. The chicken on sale is often packages of boneless, skinless.

            2. re: Ruthie789

              My husband has been making a dish that he calls "chicken divan" for more than 20 years from a recipe he free- lanced that starts with sautéed boneless chicken breasts that are coated in Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs, uses a basic homemade cheese sauce made from sharp cheddar, and blanched broccoli, or asparagus. A real comfort dish.

          4. Chinese Butterfly Shrimp with Bacon

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            1. re: Hopefulone

              Bacon and shrimps combined together definitely a retro dish.

            2. We are currently eating beef stroganoff and green beans with toasted almonds! Retro night and very delicious!

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              1. re: sandylc

                That sounds very retro and delicious.

              2. Turkey A La King is a favorite.

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                1. re: monavano

                  Especially when someone knows a good recipe and knows how to cook it.

                  1. re: monavano

                    In the 60's my prize recipe to serve my parents was Joy of Cooking chicken a la king served in puff pastry cups. The sauce had an egg yolk incorporated and a little sherry.

                    1. re: monavano

                      That is some delicious stuff if done correctly. My late mother always added pimento for color and I just loved it.Luxurious...creamy and so comforting.

                      1. re: monavano

                        Chicken a la King is a favorite of my husband's. Having never eaten it growing up, I was only familiar with it from canned food commercials. It is quite delicious made from scratch.

                          1. re: treb

                            Steak Diane was the first though on my mind when I read the thread title. So I'll go with.... Beef Bourguignon or maybe Lobster Thermidor!

                            1. re: CapeCodGuy

                              It would have been first on my list but I already mentioned it on vintage stews and braises. I love this dish.