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14 Food Trends from the ’50s That Are Officially Back in Style

It’s easy to feel nostalgic for the 1950s—an era of blue jeans and saddle shoes, Cadillacs and A-line dresses. Food trends revolved around two kinds of eating: fabulous cocktail parties and homey family meals. And while some things are better left in the past (we’re looking at you, Jell-O salads and TV dinners), there are plenty of ’50s favorites worth revisiting. Here are 14 that you should make right now. (Poodle skirts encouraged.)

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Swedish Meatballs

Serve these over mashed potatoes for Sunday dinner—or better yet, on toothpicks at cocktail hour.

Guinness Beef Stew

In the ’50s, you probably would have eaten this out of a can, courtesy of Dinty Moore. But we love this Irish version, with Guinness, beef stock and plenty of fresh veggies.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Put away the cans of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup. This version is made entirely from scratch (plus we can’t resist the crispy Parmesan topping).

Mini Baked Alaskas

With cold ice cream on the inside and toasted meringue on the outside, Baked Alaska is as much a magic trick as it is a dessert. We love these adorable individual versions.

Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes

No one was scared of carbs in the ’50s, which meant creamy potatoes a-plenty. We love this dish by Coterie member Gaby Dalkin.

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Everyone’s favorite retro picnic food. This version has avocado (because everything’s better with our favorite fruit).

Cheddar-stuffed Bbq Meatloaf

Meatloaf gets a bad rap—we think this cheddar-stuffed, barbecue-glazed, sweet potato-studded turkey version will change all that.

Angel Food Cake

This light, airy cake was all the rage at 1950s teas. We love it topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries.


Creamy Crab Dip

Crab was everywhere in the ’50s—in salads, stuffed into mushroom caps and celery stalks. We’re on board for all of it, but especially this dip.

Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers

Feel free to play around with fillings…but you can never go wrong with traditional beef, rice and cheese.

The Classiest Cheese Balls In The Universe

With combos like everything bagel-goat cheese, lemon-dill-cheddar, and pomegranate blue cheese, these aren’t exactly your grandmother’s weird port wine-stained cheese balls.

Swiss Fondue

A meal that’s basically a giant bowl of melted cheese. Why did this ever go out of style?