Redneck Bistro Sample Menus

The menu changes every week and is meant to be a thought experiment — to think about cooking from different perspectives — rather than an attempt at authenticity.   We’re exploring what’s possible when cooking, especially from a peasant’s perspective.

Redneck = peasants from around the world.  The sort of people who know how to work with scarcity to make abundance.

Theme: Year 2289, Dinner in the United States of Central Africa

First Course
Yam, beet, and kale chips

Second Course
Peanut soup with Fufu

Third Course
Beef Meatballs with spinach and groundnuts

Fourth Course
Fried tilapia with rice and beans

Fifth Course
Assorted dumplings with ginger soy dipping sauce

Sixth Course
Shuku shuku (coconut balls)

Theme: No utensils

First Course
Yam, beet, and kale chips

Second Course
Whiskey beef liver smoothie w/parsley, mango, pineapple, and kale.

Third Course
Venus clams in ginger, garlic, and sesame oil flavored broth.

Fourth Course
Half grilled bacon cheddar sandwich and tomato soup

Fifth Course
Salmon guacamole and crackers

Sixth Course
Caviar rum milkshake and fruit

Theme: Countryside meal in Vichy France, 1943, for German Officers

First course
Yam, beet, and kale chips

Second course
Chicken liver pate and bread

Third course
Rabbit in mustard sauce and pickled beets, carrots, and potatoes

Fourth course
Mussels in white wine and butter, served with bread

Fifth course
Sausage made with pork tripe and intestines (Andouille) soup

Sixth course
Cheese and fruit

Theme: American Redneck

First course
Yam, beet, and kale chips

Second course
Oxtail soup

Third course
Pickled pig’s feet with braised collard greens

Fourth course
Pot roast with carrots and potatoes

Fifth course
Alligator and crawfish gumbo

Sixth course
Sweet potato pie

Theme: How to Eat Like a China(wo)man

First Course
Beet, Kale, and Yam chips

Second Course
Chicken and ginger congee

Third Course
Noodles in sweet soybean sauce

Fourth Course
Ginger scallion tripe.  Chicken feet.

Fifth Course
Egg drop soup

Sixth Course
Chilled Red bean soup dessert

 

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