With the return of AMC’s Mad Men on Sunday, March 25, you still have plenty of time to plan your 1960’s style viewing party menus. So “What would Betty do?”. We’ve compiled a Mad Men inspired menu from character inspired cocktails and pu pu platters to dessert dishes. Check out
Rodger Sterling’s Party Nuts
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon Tabasco® chipotle pepper sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups lightly salted cashews
2 cups oven-toasted rice cereal squares
Preheat oven to 325˚F.
Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat. (Or microwave in large glass bowl.) Stir in Tabasco sauce, chili powder and salt until combined. Stir in cashews and cereal squares until well mixed.
Spoon mixture onto large cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until mixture is toasted, stirring occasionally.
Makes 4 cups.
Joan Harris’ Famous Ginger Snap
2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup white wine such as Redwood Creek or Turning Leaf
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
1/2 cup ginger ale, chilled
Lime peel twists for garnish
Combine pomegranate juice, white wine, lime juice, and Tabasco sauce. Place ice in two tall glasses; add juice mixture. Top with ginger ale; garnish with lime peel twists.
Don Draper’s Cheater Cheese Straws
1/2 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets (1 sheet)
2 teaspoons original Tabasco® pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Combine Tabasco sauce, paprika and salt in small bowl.
Grease large baking sheet. On lightly floured surface, unfold pastry. Roll into a 12″ by 10″ rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Brush one pastry half with Tabasco sauce mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Top with remaining pastry half; press gently to seal.
Cut pastry crosswise into 24 1/2-inch wide strips. Twist strips on greased baking sheet, pressing ends down. Place 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes or until golden.
Makes 2 dozen.
Sterling, Cooper, Draper Pryce: Lobby Cookies
2/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons original Tabasco® pepper sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chunks
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
With electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, Tabasco sauce and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks and walnuts.
Drop tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake about 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes on wire racks. Remove wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
Betty Draper Francis’ Baked Vesuvious
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 teaspoon original Tabasco® pepper sauce, divided
4 individual sponge cake cups
1 pint (2 cups) ice cream
3 egg whites at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme
4 strawberries, cut into fans
Combine apricot preserves and 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce in small bowl. Place sponge cake cups 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Brush with apricot mixture. Place 1 scoop ice cream on each sponge cake cup. Freeze until firm.
In large bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, allspice and marshmallow creme, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over ice cream and sponge cake cups, covering completely. Freeze.
To serve, heat oven to 500˚F. Remove meringue-covered sponge cake cups from freezer; bake for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish each with strawberry fan and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.