Vintage Appetizer Recipes That Need To Come Back

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.

Cheese Ball

Like the most irresistible dips, cheese balls are easily shared and transported to a potluck or holiday party. They're also easy to customize. Add bacon bits, scallions or hot peppers to your cheese ball for an extra kick of flavor.

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Southern Sausage Balls

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.

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Grape Jelly Meatballs

It doesn't get more retro than cocktail meatballs served on toothpicks with little fancy frills on the end. This slow-cooker recipe is so easy, too. It requires just three ingredients, then you can set it and forget it.

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Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are great for game day, but also perfect for any day. This recipe kicks up this classic with a little inspiration from a New York City bagel shop.

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Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

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.

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Cheese Fondue

Cheese fondue is a recipe right out of the 1970s, but it has a place in today's party menus. After all, who doesn't need a reason to eat more cheese?

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Egg Salad

Dill and green onions are just two unexpected ingredients that go great with eggs. Toss those in with some mayo, and you've got a great egg salad. For an appetizer, serve on sliders.

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Crab Dip

You probably won't find crab dip at the best seafood shacks in America, but this appetizer sure puts shellfish to good use. Serve with crusty bread or crackers.

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Oysters Rockefeller

An appetizer you can still find at some of the best steakhouses in America, oysters Rockefeller is an old-school dish that holds up today.

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Pickled Olives and Vegetables

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.

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Turkey Salad

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.

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Pimento Cheese Dip

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.

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Swedish Meatballs

A true comfort food for cold days, Swedish meatballs in their creamy, slightly tangy sauce can easily serve as both an appetizer and a main dish.

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Artichoke and Olive Tapenade Sandwich

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.

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Ants on a Log

This kid-friendly snack uses a few kitchen staples — celery, peanut butter and raisins. If you haven't had ants on a log since you were as tall as an ant, you're not alone. This appetizer is one of those retro snack foods that are primed for a comeback.

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Bean Salad

One of the best salads that aren't "salads," bean salad is a healthy appetizer full of flavors from the Meditteranean.

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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salad shares a name with some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Full of retro ingredients (apples, celery, mayonnaise), it has the same old-school charm as those spots.

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Seven-Layer Salad

Hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise and celery are just a few of the layers in this layered salad, which screams retro.

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Ham and Gruyere Crepes

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.

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Chilled Brisket Dip

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.

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Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is usually known as a barbecue side best served as-is. Toss with mint, feta and a light lemon vinaigrette, however, and this picnic classic turns into a vintage salad.

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Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms

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.

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Deviled Ham Salad

After you've learned how to cook the perfect ham, use any leftovers for a classic ham salad. Serve on crackers or cucumbers for a delicious bite.

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Baked Brie

What can make one of the best foreign cheeses, brie, even better? Wrapping it in puff pastry and topping it with jam, of course.

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Salmon Dip

There are a lot of great ways to cook salmon. But if you're a fan of smoked salmon, then this recipe straight out of the '40s is for you.

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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

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.

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Soup may feel like a winter dish, but this chilled tomato gazpacho is refreshing any time of year.

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of the best ways to cook (and eat) eggs and are always a crowd-pleaser. For a true throwback look, sprinkle your deviled eggs with paprika and top them with a halved green olive.

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