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22 Old Fashioned Recipes from the 1950s

By: Jesse Carpender, Editor of

Magic Slow Cooker MeatloafAre you nostalgic for the good old American fare of the 1950s? It was a time when fast food really took off with now-giants of the industry like McDonald's and KFC, and sitting down with the family for dinner was the norm. You can't time travel, but you can remember days of poodle skirts, juke boxes and diner food with these old fashioned recipes. has a collection of 22 Old-Fashioned Recipes From the 1950s that will take you back to when Elvis was king.

Our favorite old fashioned recipes include simple ingredients like ground beef. There wasn't much of a health craze; recipes were made for taste, which makes these easy dinner recipes extra delicious. There's no need to feel guilty about indulging in recipes that remind you of mom or grandma. Let these old fashioned recipes like 1950s Salisbury Steak take you back to the days of your youth. You can also recreate food from your favorite restaurants. Don't forget about the great food they had at the drive-in!

Whether you're taking a trip down memory lane, planning for a 1950s-themed party, or you just want more traditional recipes, our collection won't disappoint you. We even have recipes from some of your favorite TV shows and movies that take place in the 1950s! Characters are always munching on hamburgers and milkshakes, like Danny Zucco and friends in Grease.


22 Old-Fashioned Recipes From the 1950s

Old Fashioned Recipes from Mom
Old Fashioned Recipes from Restaurants
Old Fashioned Recipes from TV


1950s Hot Milk Sponge CakeSalisbury Steak, The Way It Should BePeppermint Brownie Baked Alaska


Speaking of traditional recipes, you'll love this free eCookbook, 24 Must-Have Meatloaf Recipes.


Old Fashioned Recipes from Mom

 Easy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Does your mom or grandma make timeless recipes from the 1950s? You might not even know that some staples of American cuisine like Macaroni & Cheese became popular then. People also went crazy with Jell-O, which was used in various desserts. They even had Italian and celery-flavored Jell-O to be used in salads. Moms of the 1950s were definitely not afraid of creativity in the kitchen, but they also knew the value of comfort foods. These old-fashioned recipes will give you a tour of the 1950s family table.


Old Fashioned Recipes from Restaurants

Monte Cristo Brunch Sliders

Going to the local diner was a major recreational activity for people in the 1950s. It wasn't just a place to grab some grub; it was a community space and people could spend an entire Friday night there. Fast food became popular in the 1950s, and everyone was racing to create the quickest, tastiest hamburger. Now, you can make some of these old fashioned recipes at home.


Grandma kept dinner affordable. Do like Grandma with the recipes in our free eCookbook, Frugal Recipes: 26 Easy Ground Beef Recipes for Dinner.

Old Fashioned Recipes from TV

Better Biscuits and Gravy

From Happy Days to Leave It to Beaver, there are certainly a lot of iconic TV shows that take place in the 1950s. Today, we have Mad Men! Although we've progressed since the 1950s, it was a decade with personality. These old fashioned recipes will remind you of greasers, poodle skirts, and hanging out at the drive-in.




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