I’m having a 70s themed party and want to know what kind of food to serve. I know fondue and chips were big, but what other foods were big in the 70s? Foods from munches to dinner would be great. Thanks for all your help!
Oh, man! I remember the 70′s so clearly! I was just a little kid, but my grandparents were very social and would have a lot of parties with all of their friends and family. In the 70′s the most popular chefs were Julia Child, Alice Waters(Chez Pannise), and Irma Rombaurer (The Joy of Cooking). International flavors, though not what we would think of as authentic today, were very popular. Convienence foods were used in new and unusual ways, and things like soy sauce and curry powder were just beginning to be available in mainstream supermarkets.
I hope this answer isn’t too long, but I want to answer it as best I can beause your party sounds like a lot of fun. All recipes to follow.
My grandparents served RUMAKI, zucchini bread, "Flower Pot Bread"(just bread baked in a clean ceramic flower pot, usually decorated with raisins on top, served as the bread for the Cheese Fondue. Serve in the pot, and chunk it up right before serving), Green Goddess salad/dressing/dip, Aloha Spread(Deviled canned ham, mixed with drained crushed canned pineapple, pickle relish and mayonnaise, served with crackers), molded things (like molded guacamole, and meat salad molds), Swedish Meatballs (usually served with a "noodle ring"), Swiss Steak, Baked Alaska, Duck L’orange, Cheese cubes and canned pineapple tidbits served on toothpicks which have been poked into the hump side of half a mango like a porcupine, Clam-Cream Dip, City Chicken (veal used to be cheaper than chicken!), Sukiyaki, Porcupine Meatballs, there was a Cajun/Blackened food fad in the later 70′s, Jello Cheesecake in a box, Kraft Roka Blue salad dressing and spread come out in the mid 70′s, I think (I still buy it!), Miracle Whip, Pop Rocks, CLAM JUICE ON THE ROCKS!(shudder), Cup o’Noodles, and it’s ugly, undelicious cousin, Mug o’Lunch…on and on. Here’s some recipes:
Rumaki: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com/2009/04/21/dinner-and-a-movie-wedding-crashers-and-rumaki/ (recipe about 1/2 way down)
Green Goddess Dressing: http://gardenofeatingblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/green-goddess-dressing.html (2 recipes, one is Alice Waters’, recipe. About 1/3rd the way down)
Porcupine Meatballs: http://fransflavors.blogspot.com/2006/06/porcupine-meatballs.html
Guacamole Mold: http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/guacamole-dip-55423.aspx? (not the original one, but dang close. You have to unmold it onto some lettuce leaves and serve with Rits crackers to be authentic 70′s)
Swiss Steak: http://www.grouprecipes.com/44755/swiss-steak.html
For the "noodle ring" to serve with Swiss Steak or either meatball recipe above, just boil a pkg. of egg noodles until done, mix in a bowl with 2 beaten eggs, a splash of milk, a knob of butter and some poppy seeds. Place in a greased ring mold, and unmold when cool. Slice to serve.
City Chicken: http://www.thathomesite.com/forums/load/recipex/msg06053758694.html?8 (you can see from the comments that a lot of people remember eating this in the 70′s)
http://www.justhungry.com/classic-sukiyaki-quintessential-japanese-beef-hot-pot (with good illustrated instructions and the American history of the dish)
Clam-Cream Dip: http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=183810
(about 1/2 way down, says it’s the original Kraft recipe from the 70′s)
Here is a funny site with photo recipe cards scanned from a 1974 collection. Might help give you some ideas, though after reading the descriptions, maybe not: http://www.candyboots.com/wwcards/czarina.html
Anyhow, I hope this helps you, and I hope your party is a HUGE success!
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