When we think about how people ate back in the 1950s, most of us conjure up images of diners and soda shops that served up traditional burgers and fries. As fun as it is to visit replicas of those classic restaurants today, most families of the era enjoyed their meals around the dinner table more often than eating out. One huge inspiration for whipping up their own hearty recipes was Betty Crocker’s original cookbook being published right at the start of the decade.
Unfortunately, a lot of the popular meals families sat down to eat back then are looked upon with skeptical eyes today. Sure, some of the vintage recipes for “salads” that involved gelatin aren't too appetizing, but that doesn’t mean staples like the ones shown below should be overlooked. They might need a little refresh for current dinner tables (like switching out heavier ingredients for lighter ones), but they’ll still leave your loved ones satisfied. For an extra dash of nostalgia, watch a few episodes of Leave it to Beaver or Happy Days while you eat! Take a look to see all the dishes from the 1950s that we think deserve to be on our dinner menus today.