31 Old Fashioned Recipes from the 1950s
Each of these old-fashioned recipes will put a vintage twist on your week!
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Are 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, jukeboxes and diner food with these old-fashioned recipes.
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's cooking. Let these old-fashioned recipes like 1950s Salisbury Steak take you back to the days of your youth. 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.
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Best Old-Fashioned Recipes
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. Families 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. And our first stop is this delicious Easy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole. It's just as good today as it was back then!
- 1950s Style Salisbury Steak
This 1950s Style Salisbury Steak the sauce is an easy beef dinner recipe that reminds you of Grandma's cooking.
- Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad
This Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad is portable and simple to make for a crowd. Enjoy this wonderful side dish!
- 1940s Lazy Daisy Cake
This delicious lazy daisy cake would make grandma proud. It's delicious, and it's perfect for when company drops by.
- 1950s Hot Milk Sponge Cake
This 1950s Hot Milk Sponge Cake from scratch is no more work than mixing up a cake mix, but it is much more delicious.
- 1950s Magic Jell-O Dessert
This 1950s Magic Jello Dessert was on nearly every dessert table in the 50s and 60s. You'll love how easy it is to make.
- Old Fashion Beef Vegetable Soup
This homemade Old-Fashioned Beef Vegetable Soup is loaded with chuck roast, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes.
- Preacher Cake
This tender, moist Preacher Cake can be made as a layer cake, cupcakes, or simply baked in a pan.
- Classic Tandy Cake
This classic snack cake recipe is made from light, fluffy vanilla cake topped with thin layers of peanut butter and chocolate frosting. It's the perfect vintage treat to enjoy with a glass of cold milk.
- Mom's Best Tuna Melt Casserole
Mom's Best Tuna Melt Casserole uses Swiss and Cheddar cheeses and broccoli flowerets. Enjoy a helping of protein and flavor!
- Vintage Hoppin John in a Slow Cooker
This fabulous dinner takes about five minutes to throw into the slow cooker for a healthy weeknight meal.
Best Recipes from Grandma
There's no denying that some of the very best recipes from way-back-when come from our grandmothers. Somehow, their recipes are always so homey, comforting, and filling, and they're usually inexpensive, too!
These are RecipeLion's ten Best Recipes from Grandma. Taken right from grandma's recipe box, these vintage recipes will bring you back to simpler times.
First, it's essential to start with Grandma's Southern Corn Pudding. This recipe has stolen the show at countless holiday dinner tables. Add a bit of Southern flair to your weeknight dinner and taste how delicious this simple recipe really is!
- Grandma's Potato Salad Recipe
You can always rely on this easy potato salad is an instant hit at any potluck or party. The dill and mustard bring a huge amount of flavor!
- Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole
Grandmother's Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe is perfect for any family get together, but you'll want it every day of the week.
- Grandma's Easy Sauerkraut with Crispy Bacon
Grandma's Easy Sauerkraut with Crispy Bacon only requires three ingredients and fifteen minutes to make. Yum!
- Grandma's One Pan Hamburger Helper
Grandma’s One Pan Hamburger Helper is so delicious that you won't believe how healthy it actually is.
- Grandma's Tomato Aspic
Grandma's Tomato Aspic was very popular during the 1950s. This tomato aspic will evoke some nostalgia in your home.
- Grandma's Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
Take traditional breakfast recipes to a whole new level with this quick and easy biscuits and gravy casserole recipe. It will nourish your belly and your soul.
- Grandma's Favorite Meatballs
Grandma's Favorite Meatballs recipe is insanely easy to make and even more insanely delicious. They can be an appetizer or a side!
- Grandma's Cottage Pie
This recipe for Grandma's Cottage Pie is a quintessential comfort food. Best of all, the leftovers are simply scrumptious.
- Grandma's Favorite Cabbage Rolls
Grandma's Favorite Cabbage Rolls are a winning dinner the whole family will love. Best of all, it only costs a few dollars to throw together.
- Grandma's Baked Eggplant Parmesan
This delicious vegetarian recipe from grandma only requires 15 minutes of prep. This recipe is worth passing down the generations.
Old Fashioned Recipes from Restaurants
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. The secret spices from KFC are no longer quite so secret with this KFC Inspired Fried Chicken! Enjoy.
- Monte Cristo Brunch Sliders
These delicious brunch sliders are full of melty Gruyère cheese, turkey, ham, and Dijon mustard on a King's Hawaiian roll.
- Copycat Steak 'n Shake Chili
The hearty taste of Copycat Steak 'n Shake Chili will make you nostalgic for the old-fashioned recipes of the 1950s.
- Best Patty Melt Recipe
This Best Patty Melt Recip might replace the standard burger on your family's hamburger night -- it's that good!
- Diner-Style Ham Hash
Make this Diner-Style Ham Hash with potatoes, onions, and ham, and your family will beg you to make it again and again.
- Cracker Barrel Copycat Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake
No one can resist comfort food from Cracker Barrel! Enjoy this budget-friendly Cracker Barrel Copycat Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake.
- Homemade Steak 'n Shake Frisco Melts
This copycat recipe for Steak 'n Shake Frisco Melts are perfect for a lazy, yummy Saturday lunch.
- Copycat Arby's Beef N Cheddar
This recipe for Copycat Arby's Beef N Cheddar is piled on an onion bun with a ketchup-based Arby's Sauce.
- Just-Like McDonald's Fried Apple Pie
While McDonald's apple pies are great, this copycat recipe for fried apple pie is even better in the comfort of your own home!
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