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20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s

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Ready to start something special? These copycat recipes from the 1950s are vintage fare at its finest. Take a trip back in time and enjoy some of the simplest, most comforting dishes around. This collection of drink recipes, main dishes and desserts are old school but can be updated to modern day in a snap.

Old Fashioned Vodka Gimlet

 

20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s Table of Contents

Copycat Drink Recipes from the 1950s
Classic Main Dish Recipes and Side Dishes
Vintage Dessert Recipes

 

Copycat Drink Recipes from the 1950s

The '50s were a time of lounge lizards and June Cleaver housewives. When you mix up a stiff drink recipe like Mad Men '50s Style Manhattan Cocktail, you'll be feeling ever better than the bee's knees. Don't be shy, mix yourself up something strong for the summer time and beyond.

Mad Men '50s Style Manhattan Cocktail

Mad Men '50s Style Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Vodka Gimlet (Pictured)

20 Copycat  Recipes from  the 1950s


Think these recipes are good? Check out 20 Grandma's Favorite Recipes for even more great recipes!


Classic Main Dish Recipes and Side Dishes

Do you think people counted calories all those years ago? We can't be sure, but it was a much more innocent and wholesome time and same goes for the easy dinner recipes. We're talking about simple gravy, cole slaw and chicken dinners...what's not to like? Take me back, I want to eat guilt free! Some of the great classic recipes from the 50s are my favorite recipes today. For one, I can't get enough of Chicken Pot Pie. There's something so comforting about indulging in a delicious pastry, filled to the brim with chicken, carrots and peas.


Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Chicken Pot Pie (Pictured)

Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

Simple Guacamole

Copycat Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole

'50s Inspired Fried Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings

Cole Slaw Dressing

Knockoff Swedish Meatballs

Classic Sawmill Gravy

Old Country Style Biscuits

Vintage Oysters Rockefeller

Caesar Salad from Keen's Steakhouse
 


Like the desserts here? Check out this Old-Fashioned Jello Lemon Bars recipe for another vintage dessert idea!


Vintage Dessert Recipes

Now to the best part of the meal...dessert. I have to tell you something. I'm addicted to one easy dessert recipe in particular...Banana Pudding? Haven't tried it yet? You are missing out. It has the wonderful, light flavor of fresh bananas, mixed with the delightfully crunchy texture of Nilla wafers. Whenever I dive in, I imagine I'm sitting at a soda fountain with my friends. Malts are another one of those dessert recipes that are so fabulously old fashioned. I can't wait to give the Malt Cake a try.


Old School Apple Fritter Donuts

Super Awesome '50s Chocolate Malt

Vintage Malt Cake

Old School Apple Fritter Doughnuts (Pictured)

Banana Pudding

What's your favorite recipe from the 1950s? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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I'm looking for a recipe for "Chicken Spaghetti" like my aunt made in the late 50's or early 60's. Had chicken, spaghetti, olives and I don't remember what else.

Do you have a recipe for Texas Wieners?

What is an Irish sweepstakes sandwich??

Do you have a Seafoam Pie recipe

i hope to try this soon. we ate it often in the 50'

so good. This is a great dish that i will prepare often

In grade school in the 50's, every Wednesday we got to buy our lunch because it was Irish Sweepstakes (sandwiches). When we moved, we found out that wasn't something available and were so disappointed. Luckily my mom got the recipe from an old neighbor, so we could make it at home. They were good, just not as good as the ones from the school cafeteria (go figure!).

What is an Irish sweepstakes sandwich???

Back in the 50's our grandma used to bring us Bran Muffins from S S Kresgee, the 5 and dime. We have been trying to duplicate the recipe but lack in the moistness. Any help would be appreciated!! Thank...Terri

I worked at a place called "fritters away" in foster city, ca we made a recipe called ham and cheese fritters, they were so good (I wish I could have gotten the recipe) we also made churros (they were so much fun to make) does anyone know how to make ham and cheese fritters? they were a batter already made by the owner when we came to work and I never had a chance to get the recipe (darn it)!!! thank you if you can help me.....

In the fifties I used to go to the Artic Circle for a burger. They had a special sauce that was really different, Now they don't know what I am talking about. My thought is that maybe it was mayonnaise with some pickle juice for thinning. Anyway thought I would try it that way to see if it works.

I would love it if some one had the fudge recipe that was on the Hersheys cocoa can in those years!! It seems that that recipe. V Can not be found on any of the sites I have been on and that is saying most all sites!

Did you check on the Hershey's website?

I grew up in the 50's and I think I have that fudge recipe. We used to call it camp fudge, as we took the ingredients with us when we went camping in the woods of Oregon. Always brought fellow campers over to our site to see what smelled so good. Don't know how to get it to you except on here so I will watch to see if you respond. Marcia L.

Thanks everyone for the great comments!

this mayonnaise cake is one of the OLDEST recipes for a chocolate and the OLDEST form of spice cake is called--tomato soup cake----both a very good.

Chocolate mayonnaise cake was a breeze to make and very moist. However, Mom used to make it with mayonnaise not miracle whip and the original recipe called for Mayonnaise. The shortcut works because May. has eggs, oil, and several ingredients in it that you would have to add separately if you didn't use the shortcut. With four kids Mom said it was a great time saver, and I treated my family to this many times over the years. A nice simple cake, also coffee can be added in place of water if you want more of a mocha flavor. White or chocolate frosting. It was a big winner in the Betty Crocker or Pillsbury bake off contest in the 50's.

wen i was a youngster in the early 60s my parents used to put up their own sauerkraut and i remember it was to die for i recently put up about 2 gallons and it was so simple, pickling salt, shredded cabbage, dill weed to taste, i added baby peeled carrots, and slices of cabbage head, and baby cucumbers, garlic pods, and radishes, love at first bite in 3 weeks of course when i made 4 gals and it packed down to 2 after fermentation i was wishing i woulda made 20 gal cause i still have a 20,12,4 gal fermenting crocks from my parents after they passed away what memories that brought back i forgot how much work it was but im ready to do it again

I Love Swedish meatballs ,going to make this dish as soon as possible

Looking for Chocolate mayonnaise cake made with miracle whip salad dressing

I love Salisbury steak w/ mushroom gravy

this is from all recipes.com Add a Photo Pro Member(Learn more about Pro) READY IN50 mins Salad Dressing Chocolate Cake Read Reviews (15) 5 . "A cake that uses creamy salad dressing, who would have thought?!" ynathan85 . Back Next + Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Email Print Ingredients Edit and Save Watch video tips and tricks Fabulous Fudge Chocolate Cake Fabulous Fudge Chocolate Cake Too Much Chocolate Cake Too Much Chocolate Cake Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch cake Change Servings 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip) 1 cup lukewarm water Check All Add to Shopping List . Directions 1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. 2.Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, creamy salad dressing, and water in a large bowl. Pour into the greased baking dish. 3.Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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