Did you miss the Part 1 post? Find it here.
So by now our foodie group road trip is well underway and no one is hollering “Are we there yet?” from the back seat. Maybe because they’re pleasantly sated by the yummy Route 66-inspired drinks and appetizers we devoured (and wrote about) last time.
One of the best things about a road trip is the opportunity to discover, explore, and enjoy new things, especially once you take a few detours off the main drag. Roadside signs lure you to untold opportunities in small towns and rural areas across the country. World’s Largest Ball of Twine, for example. I’d pull off the road for that. Well, Dan and Greg applied that principle of discovery to the wonderful meal they served at our dinner party. They borrowed well-loved recipes from truck stops, family diners, and fancy establishments alike all along Route 66 to cook and serve an amazing meal of barbecue and more sides than a polyhedron in a mirrored room. Yes sir, that many!
Drinks – Ilise & Ann: Route 66 Cocktails; Various wines including a trio of Chasing Harvest pinot noirs from 2009, 2010, and 2011
Appetizers – Ellyn: Frito Pies, which originated either Texas or New Mexico – the debate still rages on
Main Course – Greg & Dan: Barbecue Texas Beef Brisket; Turquoise Room Pork Carnitas; Oklahoma Joe’s Best Beans on the Planet; Kansas Kreamed Korn Kasserole; Witmor Farms Macaroni Salad; plus several delicious sauces
Dessert – Karen & Kathleen: Banana Splits, the one dessert featured on nearly all truck stop menus along Route 66
Greg created a perfect road trip mix tape to highlight the Route 66 theme. We shared the playlist in the Part 1 post, but you know what? It’s so nice, let’s hear it twice!
Notice that the sequence of songs follow the route of the highway westward from Chicago to L.A.
Every time we cross a state border, so to speak, there’ll be a new version of the classic R&B song (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.
So press Play, turn it up, and let’s hit the road!
- Witmor Farms Macaroni Salad – from Astray
- Kansas Kreamed Korn Kasserole – from Saveur – Note: Greg and Dan made creamed corn from scratch to use in this recipe; of course they did!
- Best Barbecue Beans on the Planet – from Steve Raichlen’s Barbecue Bible
- Barbecue Texas Beef Brisket – from Epicurious
- Turquoise Room Carnitas – from Food Network
- California Orange Barbecue Sauce – from Mario Batali via Food & Wine
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Of course, the Ks being the Ks, they had to kick it up a few notches: grilled bananas, homemade chocolate sauce, grilled pineapple topping, toasted nuts, and the freshest, most flavorful locally sourced strawberries you ever did see! These were the lavish toppings for several scoops of super-premium ice cream from The Chocolate Shoppe. Wowee wow wow, what a satisfying finale for a perfect Route 66 road trip/dinner party!