Whether you’re looking to host a throwback-themed party or are just trying to shake up your menu, looking back in time to retro appetizers is a great way to cook creatively. A lot of these recipes are a little indulgent and use things like mayonnaise, salted and cured meats, cheese and other old-school ingredients. But, hey, a little fat and salt is just one of the reasons why your grandma’s cooking was so good. Deviled eggs, cocktail meatballs, pimento cheese dip and these 26 other retro appetizers need to make a comeback.
Sausage balls are one of those Southern recipes everyone should try. They need only three simple ingredients — ground sausage, biscuit mix and cheddar cheese — and turn out amazing.
If you’re already planning to fire up the grill to cook a perfect steak for guests, throw a few shrimp on there as well. Shrimp cocktail is an easy, light appetizer that can supplement a heavier meal.
It doesn’t get much more retro than a classic relish tray. Pickling your own beans, carrots and squash is a great way to get use out of vegetables when they are in season.
Cranberries and cayenne give this appetizer a true throwback vibe. It’s easy to swap out the turkey for chicken, and then this sweet and spicy recipe is one of the best uses for leftover chicken.
One of the Southern foods the rest of the world needs to try, pimento cheese dip is delightfully balanced. Heat from the hot sauce is tempered by cool cream cheese and cheddar.
Artichokes and olives are two ingredients that people don’t cook with anymore but should. This vegetarian-friendly recipe can be cut into quarters and served as tea sandwiches.
Maybe better known as one of the best brunch recipes, warm ham and Gruyere crepes make for a delicious savory appetizer when cut into wedges.
Brisket is one of those potluck dishes that will always win over the party, and this twist on a classic is a great way to use last night’s leftovers for today’s appetizer.
Cheese-stuffed mushrooms are earthy, salty and creamy. Watch these vintage appetizers disappear off any platter. After all, they are one of the 25 best foods to bring to a party.
Deli ham, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and tortillas are all it takes to make classic pinwheels. It’s so easy, even kids can do it.
Baked shellfish dishes are truly from another era. Clams casino — clams baked with breadcrumbs, bacon and peppers — are truly tasty and one of those retro recipes you forgot existed.
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