Last weekend, a friend of mine, Jones, was going to a fabulous Mad Men cocktail party and needed a retro recipe for the party. So, what's a girl to do but pull out my trusty reproduction copy of 1950 Betty Crocker Cookbook. A quick perusal of the appetizer section and I was reminded that the 1950s was not known for it's food, in fact, I hypothesize that this may be why the cocktails were so strong!
I found a recipe for Jones that I thought might be just the thing: Flaming Cabbage. This recipe, which was "an exciting, spectacular feature at a cocktail party of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hindley's charming home, Oakland, California." was expertly made by Jones complete with hollowed out cabbage, sterno, cocktail weenies and pimento olives. Not only is it a centerpiece for the appetizer table (see photo above), but it's interactive as guests are to roast their cocktail weenies over the flame. Apparently it was quite a hit. Thanks, Jones, for sharing the photo and the story!
Have you ever made a fun retro recipe? We'd love to know.