When we think about how people ate back in the 1950s, images of diners and soda shops serving burgers and fries come to mind. 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. Betty Crocker’s original cookbook was published at the start of the decade, providing hearty recipes that were both easy and delicious.
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 some of the staples should be overlooked.
They might need a little refresh (like switching out heavier ingredients for lighter ones), but they’ll still leave your loved ones satisfied at meal time. 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 deserve to be on our dinner menus today.