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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
Updated September 28, 2020
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.

Get started with this video for an ultimate 1950s party dessert, and then keep scrolling to find more amazing recipes!

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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!

  • Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

    Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad is a classic side dish, and we especially love this version! It's just as delicious as you remember.

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  • 1940s Lazy Daisy Cake

    This recipe might be from the 1940s, but you can bet it was just as delicious in the 1950s... and in the 2020s! This retro recipe is satisfying and easy to make.

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  • 1950s Hot Milk Sponge Cake

    Make this Hot Milk Sponge Cake from scratch, and you'll have a dessert that's not only totally delicious, but also fun to make! We love this technique for making a delicious 1950s cake recipe.

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  • 1950s Magic Jell-O Dessert

    This 1950s Magic Jello Dessert was super popular in the 50s and 60s, and it's easy to see why! It is a show-stopping dessert, and it also tastes amazing.

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  • Old Fashion Beef Vegetable Soup

    This easy old-fashioned recipe reminds us of the food Grandma used to make when it was chilly outside. Those comforting meals always warmed you up and made you feel at home, and this beef soup will too!

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  • Preacher Cake

    This vintage Preacher Cake is easy to make if you have an unexpected visitor. But it's also a great cake to make anytime! The flavors will definitely inspire a trip down memory lane.

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  • Classic Tandy Cake

    This retro snack cake recipe is one of our favorite afternoon treats! Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination, and they really shine in this dessert.

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  • Mom's Best Tuna Melt Casserole

    Tuna melts are one of those old school recipes that we're so happy to see making a comeback. And now you can enjoy them in casserole form! This is a great classic family recipe.

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  • Vintage Hoppin John in a Slow Cooker

    Old fashioned dinner recipes sometimes take a lot of effort to prepare, but this one is actually super easy! Just throw everything in the slow cooker and relax.

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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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