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31 Old Fashioned Recipes from the 1950s

Each of these old-fashioned recipes will put a vintage twist on your week!

By: Jesse Carpender, Editor of
31 Old Fashioned Recipes from the 1950s

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

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. 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

Grandma's Southern Corn Pudding

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!

Old Fashioned Recipes from Restaurants

KFC Inspired Fried Chicken

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.

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