The Rat Pack’s Favorite Foods (and Drinks!)

Crank up "New York, New York" and put on your fedora. These recipes, based on what the famous Rat Pack loved to eat and drink, will make you feel like it's 1955 all over again.

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Best Spaghetti and Meatballs

One evening we had unexpected company. Since I had some of these meatballs left over in the freezer, I warmed them up as appetizers. Everyone raved! This classic recipe makes a big batch and is perfect for entertaining. —Mary Lou Koskella, Prescott, Arizona
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Dean Martin: Scotch Old-Fashioned

While his reputation as the group’s heavy drinker has been questioned by many (there are rumors he faked his love of liquor), Dean Martin was rarely seen without a J&B Rare scotch in hand. If you enjoy old-fashioneds, try our Brandy Old-Fashioned.

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Garlic Salmon Linguine

The garlic-seasoned main dish calls for handy pantry ingredients, including pasta and canned salmon. I serve it with asparagus, rolls and fruit. —Theresa Hagan, Glendale, Arizona
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Homemade Corn Muffins with Honey Butter

I turn classic corn bread muffins into something special by serving them with a honey butter. They're gone in a flash! —Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia
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Burger Americana

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high with your favorite toppings. For instance, peanut butter and bacon make them southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York
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Grandma's Southern Collard Greens

My grandmother made the best southern collard greens recipe in the world. Eating them with a slice of buttermilk cornbread is pure bliss. —Sherri Williams, Crestview, Florida
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Garlic Grilled Steaks

Take steak to new flavor heights by basting your choice of cuts with an amazing garlicky blend that requires only a few minutes to fix. It will be a mouthwatering change of taste at your next outdoor gathering. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Hearty Pasta Fagioli

Here's a convenient spin on a classic Italian favorite. Spaghetti sauce and canned broth form the flavorful base. —Cindy Garland, Limestone, Tennessee

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Frank Sinatra: Lemon Ricotta Torte

Ol’ Blue Eyes had a little bit of a sweet tooth—and no meal at Patsy’s was complete without some of the chef’s light lemon and ricotta torte. It’s the perfect summer dessert, even 40 years later.
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Honey Bagels

Who has time to make from-scratch bagels? You do, with this easy recipe! The chewy golden bagels offer a hint of honey and will win over even the pickiest eaters. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Scrambled Egg Sandwich

This savory sub is ideal for brunch, lunch or dinner. It's like eating an omelet sandwich. For variety, I use a different cheese—such as provolone—on the egg sandwich, and French or Italian bread. —Kim Dunbar, Willow Springs, Illinois
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Frank Sinatra: Pork Cutlets

Many nights, Sinatra would request either veal or pork cutlets for his evening meal. The trick to making them “Sinatra-style”? Just pound the meat paper thin before breading or cooking.
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Martinis recipes can be made with either vodka or gin. Our taste panel's preference was for the gin, but try them both and decide for yourself. Be warned, this is a strong and serious drink. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Ultimate Pot Roast

Dutch oven pot roast recipes are the ultimate comfort food. When juicy pot roast simmers in garlic, onions and veggies, everyone comes running to ask "When can we eat?" The answer? Just wait—it will be worth it. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.