Foodbuzz 24×24: 60s Mad Men Birthday Dinner

By Tsz on August 28, 2011

It seems everyone is on a diet these days.

We are constantly bombarded with flashy diet ads, whether they be on TV, on the street or on the radio, each claiming to be the quickest way to making you lose those stubborn love handles, because they are what stands between you and the fabulous life you’re supposed to live. There’s also daily news of which celebrity du jour is losing or gaining weight. Even my friends are trading diet tips and advices over meals these days. What is the world coming to?

I long for the days when butter and cream were not physical WMD.

Those good old days when America has yet to learn of cholesterol and everyone was free to eat what they want while keeping an active lifestyle—and living healthier because of it. No more living life vicariously through the Food Network and no more watching Paula Dean in shame!

I decided to set myself as an example for anti-diets. For my birthday this year, with the generous help of Foodbuzz’s 24×24, I threw a dinner party that embraced butter and cream, turning back the clock to the 1960s. A Mad Men dinner soiree!

Set in my friend’s historic house, my friends and I all gathered in our best Mad Men inspired outfits. With the strict rule of leaving all talks of diets at home, we indulged in a dairy rich menu:

1. Lipton’s Onion Dip and Crudites
2. Chicken Kiev
3. Thyme Scented Potato Gratin
4. Creamed Spinach
5. Baked Alaska
6. Mai Tai Punch Bowl

Delicious foods, wonderful friends, hairspray, photos and lots of butter. It was a night to savor. Join me and give these dishes a try!

1. Lipton’s Onion Dip and Crudites
Serves 10

16 oz. sour Cream
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
Italian parsley for garnish

Mix sour cream with soup mix and garnish with parsley. Serve with your favorite chip, carrots and celery.

2. Sous Vide Chicken Kiev
Serves 10

12 Chicken Breasts
3 Sticks Butter at room temperature
1/4 cup minced Italian parsley
4 cloves minced garlic
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
2 cups of grated Parmesan Cheese
6 eggs
1 quart vegetable oil
Salt & pepper

1. In a bowl, mix butter, garlic and parsley.
2. Between two sheets of plastic film, pound each chicken breast filet to approximately 1/4 inch thickness. Salt and pepper liberally.
3. Place a small log of compound butter at the center of each of the flattened chicken breasts. Roll the meat around the butter like a burrito and shape it with plastic wrap (see images)
4. Vacuum seal the chicken rolls and sous vide in a water bath at 140F for 45 minutes or until the chicken is done.
5. Heat the oil until it reaches 375F.
6. Dust with flour, then dip in beaten egg, then roll in Panko breadcrumbs.
8. Deep fry until golden.

3. Potato Gratin

Recipe can be found here.

4. Creamed Spinach

Recipe can be found here.

5. Baked Alaska
Serves 10

1 loaf Sarah Lee pound cake
1 quart Breyer’s cherry vanilla ice cream
6 large egg whites
cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar

1. Split the pound cake and layer the bottom of a loaf pan.
2. Spread ice cream over.
3. Layer with the other half of the pound cake and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
4. When the cake is ready, beat egg whites with a pinch of cream of tartar to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar, beating until stiff and glossy.
5. Spread the meringue over the ice cream cake and use a fork to create a swirly pattern.
6. To serve, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake until the meringue is browned. It should take around 2 to 4 minutes—watch carefully!

6. Mai Tai Punch

Light rum (as much or as little as you like)
1 quart orange pineapple juice
1/4 cup Campari
1 Lemon, sliced
1 cup Pineapple chunks
1 cup strawberries, sliced

Mix all the ingredients in a punch bowl with ice and serve!

Music Playlist:
Julie London – Wives and Lovers
Astrud Gilberto – Take Me Home (Aruanda)
Chris Montez – Just Friends
Christiane Legrand – Rome (Children’s Game)
Edu Lobo – Jangada
Elis Regina – Meilo De Campo
Erlon Chaves & Sua Banda Veneno – All My Love is For You
The Hi-Lo’s – Misty
The Lilac Time – The Laundry
Mario Castro-Neves & His Orchestra – Watch What Happens

Comments (16)

Wonderful job! You guys all look so festive and that menu was perfect Congrats!

Thanks Audra! It was an unforgettable birthay :)

It just goes to show that classics are truly timeless. Baked Alaska FTW!!

High five! Still want to try Antoine’s version though. NOLA part deux??

I LOVE this idea! Everyone looks like they had so much fun! Congrats! 

Thanks Amy! So happy my friends were up for going all out with the Mad Men theme :)

What fun–it looks like this was a great time!

I love this show and love the idea!!

Love the dinner, and remember being served same!

Love the dinner, and remember being served same!

Love the dinner, and remember being served same!

Love the dinner, and remember being served same!

Love the whole idea!

Love the whole idea!

Love the whole idea!

Love the whole idea!

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