I bought the cookbook Retro Recipes from the ’50s and ’60s. My nieces Laurie, Ge and I decided to throw a 50’s themed dinner party.
We got together to choose which recipes we wanted to make, that in itself was a lot of fun. My niece Laurie chose to make Salisbury steak and green bean casserole, Ge chose chicken and wild rice, and rice crispy treats. I chose to make rumaki, meatballs in grape jelly and strawberry pretzel salad.
The dish in the foreground is the Salisbury steak, then the chicken with rice Ge made, she's becoming quite the cook. They were both so good. They are on my "I want to make this" list and I'm sure I will soon.
I quickly remembered why I don't make rumaki very often. They are a pain in the neck to make, they are slippery little devils.
To the right of the rumaki is the pretzel strawberry salad, it was delicious, how can you go wrong with salty, sweet and crunchy.
No '50s party is complete without the obligatory green bean casserole and meatballs in grape jelly. Laurie was thoughtful enough to use almond milk in the recipe knowing my "issues" with dairy, she even used fresh green beans, what a gal.
I don’t even want to talk about the meatballs. The recipe in the cookbook didn’t look right to me, I thought the last time I made the meatballs in grape jelly sauce (a hundred or so years ago) it was made with the grape jelly and chili sauce, this recipe called for the jelly and BBQ sauce.
I didn’t do my due diligence and search for what I thought was right but followed the recipe. All you could taste was the BBQ sauce, the jelly was totally lost in there, so I added more jelly, at least it toned down the BBQ sauce a little. They were still very good, but not what they are supposed to be. I’ll post the “real” recipe not the one from the cookbook.
I'm sure they had lumpia in the Philippines in the '50s. We are a multi-cultural family ya' know.
Served buffet style, then we dined Al fresco on the patio.
No one could start eating until we all took pictures of the food.
That's Tom, when his daughter saw him dancing she laughed so hard I thought she was going to wet her pants. We all did a lot of dancing, not as well as we did years ago, but fun anyway.
Here are the recipes.
Print No peek chicken and wild rice
Print Salisbury steak
Print Strawberry Pretzel Salad
The real Meatballs in grape jelly sauce
And that's that!