70s Party Recipes That Will Have Guests Feeling Groovy
Bring back the best of a decade known for dishes with pizzazz.
Photo By: Matt Armendariz
Spin It Back a Few Decades
Retro parties are always fun (so thrilling to imagine yourself in a different time!), and a 70s theme really puts inventive, colorful food on stage. But skip the strange gelatin mold or anything in which hot dogs make a surprise appearance and try these delicious classics instead — some with a little modern flair (everything bagel seasoning, anyone?).
Three Cheese Fondue
When you think "1970s Party" you think fondue. Still, it defies logic that a pot full of melted cheese has been out of fashion for over 40 years. In these Instagram-obsessed times, could there possibly be something more attractive than putting a pot of sexy cheese in a room full of sexy people? Absolutely not. Call your friends over immediately, because it's time to get your #cheesevibes on.
Get the Recipe: Three Cheese Fondue
Rumaki first became popular during the "Tiki Bar" era of the mid-20th century -- a trend that managed to stick around for decades, because trends used to be able to do that. Nowadays food trends can last for mere hours, but with enough support we can bring rumaki back into the spotlight for weeks, or maybe even months! After all, a dish that's this good is never really out of style.
Get the Recipe: Rumaki
Everything Bagel Salmon Mousse
It seems almost every cookbook from the 1970s has a photograph of salmon mousse molded into the shape of a large fish with sliced olives for eyes — because who doesn't want to eat something that is staring at them? The sad part of this story is that salmon mousse is actually delicious, but unfortunate photography has (pardon the pun) left a bad taste in our mouths. Serve this in a fancy ramekin or decorative bowl with a crust of everything bagel spices on the top, and watch in amazement as the hokey food styling of the 70s becomes a distant memory.
Get the Recipe: Everything Bagel Salmon Mousse
You know that these will be a hit at your party, because they have the word "party" in the name. Millions of people in the 70s knew it wasn't a good time unless a chafing dish full of these meatballs was making an appearance. How many other dishes do you know that guarantee a good time?
Get the Recipe: Party Meatballs
Polynesian Chicken Salad
After decades of sad salads made from cold iceberg lettuce and flavorless supermarket tomatoes, the people of the 1970s were ready for salad excitement. They started including "exotic" ingredients like mandarin oranges and macadamia nuts that had become readily available in supermarkets. Then they added lots of mayonnaise and sour cream (because this is still America) and served it all on a few leaves of iceberg lettuce, because that's what officially makes things a salad. Eventually we wised up and realized that Polynesian chicken salad shouldn't be considered a "healthy" salad -- but goshdarnit is it ever tasty (seriously).
Get the Recipe: Polynesian Chicken Salad
Every dinner party needs something entertaining to make it memorable, and what's more entertaining than setting things on fire? Serve these flambeed crepes tableside on that gorgeous platter that you've just been dying to have an excuse to use. For a little extra decadence, serve with a bit of unsweetened whipped cream.
Get the Recipe: Crepes Suzette
One of the best things about cheese is that it can easily be molded into log form — and foods shaped like logs always mean that you're in for a good time. This version balances the nuttiness of Swiss cheese and the pungency of blue cheese with sweet dates and smoky bacon. If logs aren't your thing, you can always roll this into a ball; if you're absolutely no fun whatsoever, just serve it in a dip bowl.
Get the Recipe: Blue Cheese Cheese Log
Nothing to worry about here, folks: This souffle is the opposite of fussy. Right out of the oven it's gloriously light and airy like a souffle should be, but as it deflates it becomes rich and decadent — meaning that even if your souffle collapses, it's still going to be amazing.
Get the Recipe: Spinach Souffle