The idea for dinners themed to go with the movie we will watch while (or shortly after dinner) came after consuming large quantities of chocolate at Max Brenner and subsequently watching Chocolat. We thought; “We like food. And we like movies. Let’s combine those!” And Movie-Themed-Meals was born.
This weekend the movie was the classic Gone with the Wind. The majority of those enjoying this dinner had somehow gotten through life up to this point without having seen this movie and that had to be rectified. So what goes with a classic movie of the American South? A southern feast, of course!
Our dinner consisted of:
-Biscuits (consumed completely before they could be documented! but no worries, they will be made again and will be documented)
-Cornbread Salad (recipe here from smittenkitchen.com , a food inspiration for my roommate)
-Green Bean Casserole (courtesy of one of our guests, who used the basic recipe on the can)
-Black and White Cookies (which represent the Yankees)
A step stool is a great piece of furniture for a buffet when you don’t have a sideboard.
Oven-Baked Chicken (recipe adapted from Cooking Quilt Country by Martia Adams)
This served 5 people.
1/3 of a cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 of a cup Butter
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cup coarsley ground cornmeal
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. dried marjoram
5 drumsticks and 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
*Note: can use whole pieces, if desired.
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Step 2. Fill 1 gallon Ziploc bag with dry ingredients. Seal and shake.
Step 3. Place oil and butter in a roasting pan. When oven reaches 375 degrees, place pan in oven to melt butter.
Step 4. Place 3-4 chicken pieces in Ziploc bag with dry ingredients. Seal, shake, remove, repeat for other pieces of chicken.
Step 5. Remove pan from oven, place chicken pieces in pan (skin side down if there is skin).
Step 6. Cook for 35-45 minutes until golden crust forms on underside of chicken.
Step 7. Remove pan, turn chicken over, return to oven for another 5-10 minutes.
Step 8. If desired, can remove from oil and place on another pan and crisp in oven for another 5 minutes (Watch closely!). [We did not do this, as we did not have enough time or pans… and it was still delicious.]
Step 9. ENJOY!
The Black and White Cookies (traditionally round) came from left over batter from a neighbor. The icing was powdered sugar and water mixed together. The vanilla icing had vanilla extract added and the chocolate icing had melted chocolate added to it.
Black and White Cookies and cornbread and tomatoes for the cornbread salad.
Our first Movie Themed Meal was absolutely a success! We can‘t wait until our next one. We
will leave you in suspense for the movie, but it will most likely only be desserts next time. But really good desserts, so you won’t be cheated.
Our set table.