How to Throw a #TBT Party
Take a look behind the scenes of our April 2015 #TBT Potluck Party Photoshoot!
Follow the #RRTBT and #TBTChefs hashtags on social media all month long for more celeb throwback pics and vintage recipes.
Everyone loves a blast from the past! Rach asked some of her best pals to bring over dishes that inspired their love of cooking. Ask the same of your friends, then follow these easy tips for hosting your own Throwback Thursday potluck.
"Whenever we had a party, my mom made keftedes," says Symon, of the tender, bite-size lamb mealballs. Now the Iron Chef has a family of his own, and he carries on the tradition. "I make them for every party I have."
Michael Symon's Greek Meatballs
"When I smelled them cooking, I knew something fun was about to happen," Chef Symon says of these keftedes.
Pick a hashtag!
Give your shindig a hashtag, write it on a bunch of note cards and place them around your party. That way, you can check out everyone's fun pics all in one place. #noproblem
Ken Oringer has made his name as a fine-dining chef, but his first love was Mexican food -- specifically, old-school hard-shell tacos. "It's something I remember to this day, and Mexican food is still my favorite."
Ken Oringer's Hard-Shell Tacos with Turkey Chile Verde
Ken's taco recipe, made with tomatillo-turkey chili and all the fixings, is an updated ode to his youth.
DIY Photo Booth!
All you need to set up a photo booth at your party is a smartphone, a backdrop and some silly props. Tell guests to hashtag their portraits and selfies!
"For the very first dinner party I ever threw, I made beef Stroganoff," says Katie Lee. She was only 12 years old. Though Lee had never had Stroganoff, "I probably thought it sounded exotic."
Katie Lee's Beef Stronganoff
For Rach's potluck, Lee made a version with braised chuck, which stands up better to reheating than the original sirloin.
Rach & John
"The first dish I made was a lasagna roll-up with Gorgonzola sauce and asparagus for my mom for her birthday," says Rach. Lasagna is still her ultimate party dish, and Rach's cheesy #TBT rendition is made with butternut squash and sage. While she's on dinner duty, John's in charge of the drinks.
Rach's Butternut Squash & Escarole Lasagna
Rach usually makes this dish with dried no-boil pasta sheets. "They work great for super-quick assembly."
John Cusimano's Apple Smack
John's Calvados-spiked apple smack is like a fun, sophisticated upgrade of an appletini -- he uses cider and makes his own apple vodka!
For Sunny Anderson, a Southern meal isn't complete without collard greens. "The soul-food trifecta is macaroni and cheese, chicken and greens," she says. And it was her vegetarian collards that kick-started her career in food.
Sunny Anderson's Vegetarian Collard Greens
Anderson's meat-free, tomato-studded side dish -- one of the first she'd make on Cooking for Real -- was born after her non-pork eating co-workers begged for the traditional Southern side dish.
Adam Perry Lang
A favorite dish from Adam Perry Lang's childhood is potato chip chicken -- fried chicken with a straight-from-the-snack-aisle coating that was one of his Grandma Ruthie's signatures. "It felt like I was getting away with eating something naughty for dinner," he says.
Adam Perry Lang's Potato Chip Chicken
The real secret weapon to this dish is a generous dose of black pepper. "Potatoes and salt are delicious, but the smoky heat of black pepper is what really makes it pop," says Perry Lang.
Raid Your Photo Albums!
Ask guests to email you old pics of themselves before the party -- bonus points if they're food related. Tack twine to a wall and clip on print-outs of the photos with clothespins, or set up a monitor that plays a slideshow all night long. Guests will have a ball guessing who's who!
Michael Schlow recalls a mishap he had at his first restaurant job out of culinary school while making the flambéed tableside dessert, bananas Foster. "To this day, I don't know what happened. The flaming sauce got all over the tablecloth and lit it on fire. Somebody had to come over with a fire extinguisher. It was very humbling."
Michael Schlow's Bananas Foster
For this version, Schlow skips the tableside pyrotechnics and lights up the dish in the kitchen.
Send 'Em Home with #TBT Favors!
Pick up some vintage cookbooks from a local thrift store to give away as throwback-worthy mementos of the party. Who knows -- the retro recipes may inspire your next #TBT bash!
It's #TBT Fun All Month Long!
Because once a week isn't enough, RachaelRayMag.com is celebrating Throwback Thursday every day this month. We'll be running retro recipes on our blog and Pinterest and old pics of dozens of our favorite chefs (#TBTchefs!) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out all the old-school madness by following #RRTBT and #TBTChefs. And don't forget to tag your own takes on the trend.