Vintage Recipes No One Makes Anymore – But Should

While everyone has a favorite dish from their youth, it seems as though some mealtime staples have turned into childhood dinners you almost forgot existed. Don't get us wrong, there are definitely some recipes that should never make a comeback — we're talking about you tuna and Jell-O pie — but what ever happened to treasured meals like beef stroganoff and pot pie? It's time these 25 dishes make their way back on today's tables.

Cinnamon Toast

Waking up for school in the morning was tough, but the smell of cinnamon toast wafting into your room was always there to soften the blow. Just toast some bread, top it with butter, cinnamon and sugar and add this tasty snack to the ongoing list of childhood breakfasts you forgot existed.

For the Cinnamon Toast recipe, click here.

Dutch Baby Pancake

This sugar-coated classic is right up there with beignets, fried green tomatoes and other breakfast foods you didn't know existed. Cut this doughy dish into slices and there's enough for the whole family to enjoy.

For the Triple Berry Dutch Baby Pancake recipe, click here.

Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches were a staple of kids birthday parties, probably because they were so easy to make and eat. A little strawberry cream cheese or cucumbers and mayonnaise plus the power of nostalgia put these right up there with the best sandwich in your state.

For the Cucumber Tea Sandwiches recipe, click here.


Fon-don't forget about this fun party classic. Ooey-gooey cheese, melted chocolate and bread for dipping? Yes, please. Fondue is best enjoyed with a crowd, so get some friends together and throw a '70s-themed party packed with more retro snacks that deserve a comeback

For a Pizza Fondue recipe, click here.

Frito Pie

Let's be honest, Frito pie day was the one time a year you didn't want your parents to pack you a lunch for school. But sadly, Frito pie — one of Texas' favorite recipes — rarely appears in cafeterias anymore, which is just one way school has changed since you were a student

For the Frito Pie recipe, click here. 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Despite how strange sweet and sour meatballs sound, these little bites were delicious. They deserve to be added to your list of the best foods to bring to a party

For the Sweet and Sour Slow Cooker Meatballs recipe, click here.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff was popular back in the 1950s and involves pasta topped with a creamy blend of mushrooms and beef. So head on down to your favorite grocery store and pick up all the fixings to make this childhood favorite. 

For the Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe, click here.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

This French-inspired dish made a comeback in America in the '90s but has again fallen out of fashion. It's typically made with breaded and pan-fried chicken stuffed with layers of ham and cheese. The French term cordon bleu translates to "blue ribbon," which is just one fun food fact you may not know.

For the Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe, click here.

Chicken Kiev

Another classic stuffed chicken dish was chicken Kiev. Chicken breasts are coated with breadcrumbs and stuffed with garlic butter and bacon. You likely won't find this dish at one of the best fried chicken places in America, but it is still a delicious blast from the past. 

For the Classic Chicken Kiev recipe, click here.

Egg Salad

Ah, egg salad, making a guest appearance at family barbecues for years. But unfortunately, this dish has been run out of town by things like mac and cheese and pasta salad. Don't worry though, eggs haven't gone out of style altogether. Here are some egg-cellent ways to cook an egg

For the Egg Salad recipe, click here.

Sloppy Joes

You might not want to order one on a first date, but there's no denying that sloppy Joes are packed with ground beef goodness. When you make them right, these sandwiches taste great. There's a reason they're served at Scotty's Drive-In in Bismarck, North Carolina, one of the most historic restaurants in America.  

For the Ground Beef Sloppy Joe recipe, click here.

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury steak isn't actually steak at all — it's a patty of ground beef topped with gravy and mushrooms, usually served with mashed potatoes and green beans. While it's definitely not going to make the cut at America's best high-end steakhouses, Salisbury steak is delicious when done right.  

For the Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe, click here.

Strawberry Daiquiri

We all remember the sound of mom breaking out the blender for some Friday night daiquiris — if you were lucky you even got a mocktail version to sip on. But now that we're older, we deserve the real deal. Skip happy hour this week and try whipping up your own strawberry daiquiri. 

For the Strawberry Daiquiri recipe, click here.

Texas Toast

How did Texas toast ever go out of style? Who could forget Texas toast grilled cheese or Texas toast garlic bread with a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs? You likely won't find that dish at the best Italian restaurants, but that doesn't mean you can't bring it back to your dinner table.  

For the Texas Toast recipe, click here.

Pot Pie

There are hundreds of ways to use leftover chicken, but cozy and comforting pot pie is up there with the best. The No. 1 reason pot pie should make a comeback? It's one of the best foods you can make ahead and freeze for the week

For the Chicken Pot Pie recipe, click here.

Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes are important. The starch-packed food is perfect for any time of day, but there's something extra special about potatoes when they're baked and smothered in butter and cheese. Consider warming up in the remaining winter weeks with scalloped potatoes as a side dish to these comforting slow cooker recipes.  

For the Scalloped Potato recipe, click here.

Crescent Rings

Classic crescent rings have all but disappeared from most menus — they're even made with ingredients no one cooks with anymore. Some throwback crescent rings are stuffed with taco meat and cheese, or you can even try your hand at bacon-chicken crescent rings. Don't forget to top them off with some of the world's hottest hot sauce.  

For the Bacon-Chicken Crescent Ring recipe, click here.

Icebox Cakes

The Icebox cake might be a childhood dessert you forgot existed. It's a cake that requires zero baking skills. You simply allow the layers of cookies and whipped cream to sit in the freezer overnight and bam, you've got a cake.

For the Icebox Cake recipe, click here.


You probably didn't make it through childhood without eating family dinners of mashed potatoes and ketchup-infused meatloaf. Learning how to make this dish is practically a rite of passage, but meatloaf is definitely one of those foods that will have you wondering why it never tastes as good as grandma's. Her secret ingredient? Nostalgia. 

For the Meatloaf Recipe, click here.

Bananas Foster

It's rare to find a treat that can comfort you and satisfy your sweet tooth, but bananas Foster truly does it all. Brown sugar, cinnamon and dark rum are all slathered over bananas atop a pile of ice cream. Drooling yet? There's definitely a reason it's one of the regional desserts you need to try.

For the Bananas Foster recipe, click here.

Mai Tai

For as many delicious foods that have been forgotten about, there are just as many tasty cocktails dying to make a comeback. Said to have been invented in the 1940s, this tangy cocktail should definitely be served at the best cocktail bars in every state.

For the Mai Tai recipe, click here. 

Bread Pudding

One of the best ways to use stale bread is to turn it into bread pudding, which is basically a sweet, dense casserole of bread. At times, casserole seems to be a thing of the past, but these casserole recipes are sure to remind you of home. 

For the Bread Pudding recipe, click here.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

What's better than once-baked potatoes? Twice-baked potatoes. Loaded up with cheese, chives and sour cream, these little guys are no longer considered a side-dish staple. But they're still just as good as the best foods to bring to a party.  

For the Twice-Baked Potatoes recipe, click here.

Baked Alaska

You might have heard of baked Alaska, but you've probably never tried it. It's nowhere near as popular as it was back in the '60s, and that's a real shame. It consists of a sponge cake topped with ice cream and smothered in meringue, baked in the oven and often served at the dinner table in flames. A baked Alaska is impressive to serve and even more impressive to bake, which is one reason you likely only see this dessert pop up at special occasion restaurants

For the Baked Alaska recipe, click here.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

It's sad to know that while tuna salad and tuna sandwiches are still gracing homes across the country, tuna casserole has all but vanished. While you mourn the loss of this treasured dish, be sure to take a trip back in time with these retro recipes that you forgot existed

For the Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe, click here.

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