Friday, May 3, 2013

Great Gatsby Inspired Recipes

Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is an aspiring stock broker in 1920s New York. Living on the outskirts of town, he re-establishes a friendship with his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Nick also befriends golfer Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), who is pressured by Daisy to begin a romance with Nick. Jordan informs Nick of his neighbor, the rich and enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is famed for staging large, flamboyant parties for the region's elite. While getting to know Gatsby, Nick learns of a love affair between Gatsby and Daisy that was broken by the First World War. Now, Nick is caught in the crossroads of a staged game aimed at recreating the past. Soon it begins to show that greatness can sometimes be a front to one's true identity. The film releases May 10, 2013.

Target's A Bullseye View has put together some of their favorite picks for bringing a little Gatsby chic into your life, including recipes like Seafood Croquettes and Mint Julep Cupcakes.

Tantalize your taste buds: Extravagant parties—and menus—are integral to the Gatsby lifestyle. Champagne, gin and mint juleps were the libations of choice, while seafood and rich sauces were buffet favorites of the era. Below, Paula Zuhlsdorf of the Target Test Kitchen shares five exclusive recipes for the sophisticated palette. Start with one of the few legal cocktails of the prohibition era—the shrimp cocktail. Try Market Pantry Shrimp Cocktail. Just thaw and serve.


Caesar Deviled Eggs
Makes 2 dozen deviled eggs

No “Great Gatsby” party is complete without eggs! Along with the story’s locations of West Egg and East Egg, deviled eggs were a must-have at cocktail parties. Why Caesar dressing? The salad was invented in the 20s.

1 dozen Market Pantry Eggs, hard cooked
½ cup Market Pantry Caesar Dressing
Market Pantry Paprika


STEP 1: Peel eggs; slice in half lengthwise. Combine egg yolks in medium bowl; mash with fork. Stir in dressing.

STEP 2: Spoon yolk mixture into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate until serving.

Seafood Croquettes with Mock Hollandaise
Makes 16 appetizers

1 pkg. frozen Archer Farms Crab Cakes
1 pkg. frozen Archer Farms Lobster Puffs
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. melted butter, cooled slightly
Archer Farms Cayenne Pepper

STEP 1: Bake crab cakes and lobster puffs as directed.

STEP 2: Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice and mustard in small bowl. Whisk in butter; season with cayenne to taste.

STEP 3: Serve crab cakes and lobster puffs with sauce for dipping.

Mint Julep Cupcakes
About 2 dozen cupcakes

“‘Open the whisky, Tom,’ she ordered, ‘and I’ll make you a mint julep.’” – Daisy Buchanan

1 pkg. vanilla or white cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup Market Pantry Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
3 Market Pantry Eggs
1 tsp. mint extract
4 cups Market Pantry Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) Market Pantry Butter, well softened
3 to 4 Tbsp. bourbon whiskey
1/2 tsp. mint extract
8 green straws, cut into thirds
Fresh mint

STEP 1: Heat oven to 350⁰F. Line muffin pans with liners. Make cake batter as directed on box using cake mix, water, oil, bourbon, eggs and 1 tsp. mint extract. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake as directed for cupcakes. Cool completely.

STEP 2: For frosting, beat powdered sugar, butter, bourbon and ½ tsp. mint extract in large bowl until blended and fluffy. Frost cupcakes. Insert a straw into each; garnish with fresh mint.

Green Light Fizzys or Gin Rickey Gelatins
Makes 4 servings

1 (4-serving) box lime gelatin
1 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp. gin
3/4 cup Market Pantry Club Soda
Market Pantry Whipped Cream
Fresh lime

STEP 1: Dissolve lime gelatin in boiling water in medium bowl; cool. Stir in gin; add soda.

STEP 2: Immediately pour into martini glasses. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to set. Garnish with whipped cream and twist of lime.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info and access to photos to share. Thanks to A Bullseye View. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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