Well, it’s official: The future is now. We are the ones our 1985 selves have been waiting for.
If you’re confused, allow us to fill you in: October 21, 2015, is a very significant day. Significant not because it’s the day you’re supposed to go to that bikram yoga class you signed up for on Groupon and forgot about until just now, but for a much bigger reason — it’s Back to the Future Day.
Yes, it’s the exact day that Marty McFly travelled to in Back to the Future II to save his future children. Hoverboards, flying cars, self-tying shoelaces, business suits with multiple ties…yeah, none of that stuff really panned out (thankfully, re: the twin ties).
And while we still yearn for a time that contact with the ground is no longer necessary, it’s important to remember all of the major achievements we have made during this time. The Internet. Smart phones. Hot dog-crusted pizza. Vanderpump Rules.
So rather than dwell on what could have been, let’s celebrate what is, all the while reverting back to that adorable sense of hope we had 30 years ago. Here are your party menu essentials for observing this long-awaited holiday.
Green and Red Pizza
As we previously alluded to, there have been many great strides made in the pizza industry since 1985. One thing that has not come to fruition, however, is dehydrated pizza. This BTTF pipe dream consisted of a tiny little dried up pizza round (brought to you by Pizza Hut) that goes into a hydrating machine (brought to you by Black & Decker), and two seconds later you’ve got a full-sized bubbling hot pie.
Here’s how to make this happen in your kitchen…(unfortunately it takes a bit longer than two seconds, but not too much).
1 lb. store-bought pizza dough
⅓ cup marinara sauce
⅓ cup basil pesto
1 cup low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup fontina cheese, shredded
4 oz. sliced pepperoni
½ cup trimmed green beans (or sliced green peppers)
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1. Preheat your oven to 500°F.
2. On a 9×13-in. baking sheet lined with parchment, add your dough and gently stretch until it hits all four corners.
3. On one half of the dough, add marinara sauce, on the other half, add pesto. Sprinkle the marinara side with mozzarella and top with pepperoni slices; sprinkle the pesto side with fontina and top with blanched green beans. Sprinkle the whole pizza with parmesan.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.
Whiskey-Pepsi (Perfect) Floats
One of the first perplexing encounters Marty has when he reaches the future is with a bottle of “Pepsi Perfect” (if you can’t tell already, the ’80s were the Golden Age of guilt-free product placement). Unlike the schleppy old soda bottles of the past, this one’s got an hourglass figure, a built-in straw, and is enriched with vitamins.
Whiskey is vitamins, right? We enriched our Pepsi with whiskey. And ice cream. Ice cream is vitamins too.
You don’t need a recipe to do this. Mix whiskey with Pepsi. Add a scoop of ice cream. There’s your recipe.
And, last but not least…
A Hoverboard Cookie Cake
From our personal experience, you do not have to be a skilled baker to pull this off. We used this recipe from blogger Completely Delicious. Make the full amount of dough, but instead of dividing into three cakes, dye it with pink food coloring and transfer it all onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Press it into the shape of a hoverboard (about 1-inch thick) and smooth the top with a knife or offset spatula that’s been dipped in warm water. Bake it off for about 12 minutes, let it cool, and then trim the sides into the exact shape you want.
The icing process is easy too. Take two (16-oz.) cartons of store-bought vanilla frosting and divide it into 4 bowls. Dye one yellow, one green, one pink, and leave one white. Transfer each to ziplock bags, cut off one of the corners for piping, and go crazy with those ’80’s zig zags.
—Shay Spence, @chezspence