8 Most Popular Dinner Party Recipes From the 1970s

Prawn cocktail

This classic beginning marinates shelled prawns in vinegar, oil, and herbs. After grilling or baking, they are served with mayonnaise.

Pâté and toast

Pâté, a ground beef or pig spread, is a popular appetizer. Toast or crackers are typical accompaniments.

Coq au vin

 A French braised beef or chicken meal with red wine, onions, and carrots. Rice or noodles are typical accompaniments.

Boeuf bourguignon

French beef stew with beef cubes, carrots, celery, and onions. Red wine and mashed potatoes or noodles are typical.

Rump or sirloin steak

 A rump or sirloin steak served with mashed potatoes or roasted veggies.

Garden peas

Garden peas are traditionally cooked or boiled with butter or vinaigrette.

Skier swings

 Dessert with a pastry foundation, whipped cream and sugar filling, and meringue topping.

Black Forest gateau

 Rich chocolate cake with whipped cream and chocolate ganache.