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Vintage Casserole Recipes and More That Shouldn't Be Forgotten

These dishes deserve a comeback
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They say some things never go out of style, which sadly for these dishes is not true. Baked Alaska, though spectacular to look at, isn’t really something most home cooks make often. Neither is chicken cordon bleu or shepherd's pie. But all these classic dishes and more deserve a second chance. Try these vintage recipes for a dose of nostalgia and unexpected flavors that might be missing from your current recipe collection.

Orange Kiss Me Cake

Orange Kiss Me Cake
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This retro cake was the grand prize winner of the 1950 Pillsbury Bake-Off. The cake is packed with fresh orange flavor, crunchy walnuts and chewy raisins for a citrusy, nutty combination, and the cinnamon topping adds just the right touch of spice.

For the Orange Kiss Me Cake recipe, click here.

Checkerboard Cookies

Checkerboard Cookies
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You don’t see many checkerboard cookies at bakeries or grocery stores anymore, but these fun cookies are still sure to delight family and friends. The checkerboard pattern comes from rolling out both the cocoa dough and almond dough into a rectangle, and then cutting strips of each. You then place a strip of each color dough side by side, top with two more strips and alternate the colors to create the pattern. The dough can also be made ahead and kept refrigerated until you are ready to bake.

For the Checkerboard Cookies recipe, click here.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape Jelly Meatballs
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Sweet and sour meatballs are a classic vintage appetizer. They are a little spicy, a little tangy, and a little sweet thanks to the addition of grape jelly in the barbeque sauce.

For the Grape Jelly Meatballs recipe, click here.

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff
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Beef stroganoff was popular back in the 1950s and consists of tender chunks of beef coated in a creamy sauce and served over a pile of fresh or leftover pasta. The savory blend of mushrooms and meat is very characteristic of this old-timey dish.

For the Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff recipe, click here.

Baked Alaska

Bread Pudding Baked Alaska
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This impressive dessert originated at New York City's Delmonico's restaurant to celebrate the purchase of Alaska in 1868. Though it’s not as popular today, it’s a treat worth bringing back. Baked Alaska consists of sponge or pound cake topped with ice cream and covered in meringue and baked in the oven until it’s just golden brown. This modern twist adapts the dish into a bread pudding.

For the Bread Pudding Baked Alaska recipe, click here.

Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake
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Icebox cakes don’t require you to turn your oven on at all, and in fact, you don’t even have to be a good baker. It’s the simplest cake to make with only a few ingredients and any flavor combination you like. The layers of cookies soften between the layers of fluffy whipped cream as they sit in the freezer overnight. The result is a cake-like texture that took no effort at all.

For the Icebox Cake recipe, click here.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu
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This old-fashioned French-inspired dish is typically made with breaded and pan-fried chicken stuffed with layers of ham and cheese. Here's a fun food fact you may not know: the French phrase cordon bleu translates to “blue ribbon.” It's no wonder this is still a winning recipe for hungry families.

For the Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe, click here.

Pear Upside Down Cake With Bay Leaf Glaze

Pear Upside Down Cake With Bay Leaf Glaze
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Upside-down cakes were all the rage back in the day, especially those made by grandma. This pear upside-down cake with a bay leaf glaze is a nontraditional spin on the classic, but the effect is just as charming.

For the Pear Upside-Down Cake With Bay Leaf Glaze recipe, click here.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
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There are only a few things more comforting and nostalgic than a steamy chicken pot pie. This hearty classic is bursting with chicken, potatoes, peas, carrots and onions tossed in a creamy sauce. You can also save some time during prep by using rotisserie chicken and mixing the shredded pieces right into the gravy.

For the Chicken Pot Pie recipe, click here.

Egg Salad

‘Dill-licious’ Egg Salad
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It’s easy to forget how good egg salad is until you take that first bite into a sandwich. Creamy mayo, crunchy green onions and a kick from the dill makes this recipe one of many great ways to use up your carton of eggs.

For the ‘Dill-licious’ Egg Salad recipe, click here.

Stuffed Celery

Stuffed Celery
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Back in the ’50s, folks thought of all kinds of ways to stuff a stick of celery. From “ants on a log” (peanut butter and raisins) to cream cheese, Roquefort, garlic, and olives — you knew you were at the right party when there was stuffed celery.

For the Ants on a Log recipe, click here.

Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joes
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This is a quick, thrifty and kid-friendly meal that will likely take you back to your own childhood. A rich meat sauce and buttery hamburger buns are the only components of sloppy Joes, and the meat sauce itself comes together in no time using both pantry ingredients and fresh bell peppers.

For the Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes recipe, click here.

 

Jell-O Mold

Jell-O Molds
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Jell-O molds are a bit out of style now, but in the summer heat this dessert is still a crowd-pleaser. This fluffy orange creamsicle mold uses orange Jell-O packets, orange sherbet and a container of good ol’ cool whip.

For the Orange Creamsicle Jell-O Mold recipe, click here.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri
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Whether you're sitting poolside or unwinding on a Friday evening, a strawberry daiquiri is the perfect drink to have in hand. This go-to recipe with frozen berries, white rum and lime juice is sure to please people of all generations.

For the Strawberry Daiquiri recipe, click here.

Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon Toast
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Cinnamon toast is an easy breakfast you likely grew up eating. Just toast a slice or two of bread, smear it with butter and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar.

For the Cinnamon Toast recipe click here.

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes
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There are countless ways to make potatoes — mashed, boiled, roasted, fried — and any way you make them, they are always delicious. An old-school way to enjoy the starchy vegetable is scalloped with lots of cream, butter and cheese.

For the Scalloped Potato recipe, click here.

Meatloaf

Meatloaf
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When was the last time you ate meatloaf? Meatloaf is the perfect reminder of childhood family dinners that likely included mashed potatoes and ketchup on the side. Yours may never taste as good as grandma’s, but you can still try.

For the Meatloaf recipe, click here.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster
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This may not be on dessert menus as widely as it used to be, but the sweet treat is worth making yourself. To make bananas Foster, simply cook down butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and the optional dark rum until it’s sticky and smooth. The bananas are added to the sauce and then the whole concoction is served atop a pile of vanilla ice cream.

For the Bananas Foster recipe, click here.

Bread pudding

Bread pudding
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One of the best ways to use leftover bread is to turn it into bread pudding, which is basically french toast cooked in the oven. This one made with challah bread, dried cherries and bananas makes for a wonderful dessert or even a luxurious breakfast.

For the Bread Pudding recipe, click here.

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple
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Shirley Temples will never go out of fashion, even if people forget the drink exists from time to time. To make the non-alcoholic cocktail, all you need to do is add a splash of grenadine to a glass of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda and top it off with a maraschino cherry.

For the Shirley Temple recipe, click here.

Aloha Cake

Aloha Cake
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This cake is as tropical as it sounds — flavored with coconut extract and a can of crushed pineapple, it’s like taking a bite out of Hawaii. The assembly is as easy as it gets, too. Simply bake the cake following store-bought package instructions, and when it’s done and cooled, spread the pineapple and pudding over the cake and frost with whipped topping.

For the Aloha Cake recipe, click here.

 

Shepherd's Pie

Turkey and Vegetable Shepherd's Pie
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Shepherd's pie is an old-fashioned English dish with ground meat cooked with onions and peas that is topped with a layer of mashed potatoes before it is baked in the oven. This lighter version is made with turkey, a vegetable-based pasta sauce and frozen mashed potatoes for extra convenience for a busy weeknight.

For the Turkey and Vegetable Shepherd's Pie recipe, click here.

Snappy Turtle Cookies

Snappy Turtle Cookies
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These cute turtle-shaped cookies are a fantastic dessert to make with your kids and won the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest back in 1952. Round drop cookies are made into turtles using pecans as arms and legs and the “shell” is made with a generous smear of chocolate frosting.

For the Snappy Turtle Cookies recipe, click here.

 

Ring-A-Lings

Ring-A-Lings
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For these ring-a-lings, you need to make a yeast-based dough to get that authentic bakery shape and taste. The Pillsbury recipe from 1955 uses orange peel in the dough and fresh orange juice in the glaze for a sweet and citrusy breakfast pastry.

For the Ring-A-Lings recipe, click here.

Open Sesame Pie

Open Sesame Pie
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This Open Sesame Pie is most likely something you’ve never had before, but the flavors are worth trying. Unflavored gelatin gives the pie a firm yet jiggly texture and the chopped dates add a welcome chewiness to the pudding-like whipped cream filling. This recipe was the grand prize winner of the 1954 Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.

For the Open Sesame Pie recipe, click here.

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie
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Old-fashioned pies like this chocolate chess pie aren’t difficult to make, but they do require high-quality ingredients. The chocolate is the main focus of this dessert so be sure to get the best you can find.

For the Chocolate Chess Pie recipe, click here.

Deviled Eggs

Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs
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Is there anything more retro than a plate of deviled eggs at a backyard barbecue? Even better, this easy recipe is done in 10 minutes.

For the Easy Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
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