Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1950’s

Welcome to the 1950’s in America

Hello and welcome back to episode two of time travel with food! That’s right, we are going back in time and we are cooking vintage recipes from the 1950’s! These recipes from America’s history are not very popular anymore in mainstream society. I hope you enjoy reading and learn a little about the past! And maybe you get an idea or two for some new (old) receipts to try! ๐Ÿ˜€
There was a lot of meat in 1950’s recipes, because meat had previously been rationed in the 1940’s during World War II. Now chicken, beef, turkey, pork, etc. all took center stage in American’s diets. Hence, meatloaf. ๐Ÿ˜ซ Backyard barbeques and frozen TV dinners rose to popularity during this decade, along with “convenience foods” such as canned soup.

Ad from the 1960's for canned macaroni
Ad from the 1960’s for canned macaroni

Lunch in the 1950’s – Chicken Amadine/Almondine

I had never heard of chicken almondine before, but it’s something I’m definitely going to make again! It’s a simple casserole that tastes delicious and lasts for several days in the fridge, making it ideal for leftovers. It consist primarily of rice, chicken, green beans and almonds. That’s a healthy source of carbs, two sources of protein, green veggies and healthy fats. It’s easy to make and I kept going in for more helpings! The sliced almonds give it a really pleasing crunch, and the green beans help add moisture to the rice and chicken so they don’t taste too dry.
The recipe for this delicious casserole is from Taste of Home, and I definitely recommend it!

overhead view of a casserole dish of chicken almandine
chicken almandine was one of the gluten free and dairy free recipes I found while Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1950's
one of my favorite recipes I made while Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1950's was this easy casserole

Dinner in the 1950’s – Meatloaf

Okay, here’s the notorious meatloaf. Yep, it smelled as gross as it looks. After World War II ended, processed foods became the new craze in the 1950’s. The convenience and ease of canned food allowed housewives to buy so much of their time back. No more slaving away over a simmering pot to make tomato sauce – they could just pop open a can! And the number of grocery stores DOUBLED from 1948 to 1958, making those shiny cans that much more within reach of the American family.
The recipe for this meatloaf (if you dare to try it) is from Click Americana.

by far the worst recipe I made while Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1950's was meatloaf
two slices of meatloaf on a plate next to extra tomato-based sauce for topping

When my Grandma got married and moved from South Korea to America, she didn’t know how to cook the American-style food my Grandpa had grown up on. And while he’s grown to love my Grandma’s bulgogi, you’ll be hard-pressed to get my Grandpa to eat kimchi even to this day. So my Grandma learned how to make meatloaf and served it to my Grandpa… for like three years straight! My Grandpa didn’t have the heart to tell his beloved bride that he didn’t even like meatloaf! Can you imagine?! Eventually, he asked her, “do we have anything else to eat besides meatloaf?” And I think she took the hint and started cooking other things. ๐Ÿคฃ

a meatloaf made from a 1950's vintage recipe
meatloaf sliced and ready to eat during an experiment Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1950's

Dessert in the 1950’s – Ambrosia Salad

Ever since I was a kid, my mom would whip up a delicious dessert comprised of yogurt and fruit. It was so delicious! The creamy yogurt coats fresh fruit such as grapes, strawberries and bananas. Mmhmm, it is one of my favorites!
This ambrosia salad from the fifties reminds me of that delicious treat my mom used to make. But this one is as if a five year-old made it, because it’s also loaded with mini marshmallows! It’s like sweetness to the max. I wonder if the Midwest’s cookie salad tastes like this, or if it was inspired by ambrosia salad?
The recipe for this vintage ambrosia salad is from The Tasty Tip.

A dessert that requires no cooking or baking - delicious ambrosia salad
close-up of the fruit, marshmallows and shredded coconut covered in yogurt for my spin on ambrosia salad
overhead view of 1950's-style ambrosia salad

See you all soon to explore the history and food from America’s 1960’s! โ™ฅ

13 Replies to “Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1950’s”

  1. Sarah Davis

    I enjoy reading vintage cookbooks. This is a fun time travel. I still see Ambrosia Salad at Easter and Thanksgiving. Some tea rooms serve if frozen in the summer. Some of the tea rooms occasionally serve Chicken Almondine or Chicken Divine.

  2. Yum-number1

    Your story about your grandparents is actually funny…meatloaf everyday!! Hahah. Great post and awesome pictures!

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