These are classic recipes we need to bring back

Fried ham and eggs should have become a staple dish, but sadly, you see it less as time goes by. This straightforward classic pairs crispy fried ham with fried eggs to create a meal that will keep you full well into the evening. It’s an easy recipe that has been time-tested, and there’s no reason to not break it out.

Shepherd’s pie was once a go-to meal that every family would clamor for. But with such involved preparation, this dish was an easy candidate for falling to the wayside. These days, it’s easier than ever to whip up this classic casserole, which has found a massive fanbase for good reason. If you’ve never tasted this scrumptious combination of beef and potatoes, now is the time.

Even if you’ve never heard of Maryland Chicken before, this dish begs to be made at home. By coating two chickens with a homemade batter and baking them until the outside is light and flaky, you’ll be honoring a heritage recipe many people have forgotten about. Just don’t forget to top it all off with some extra cream sauce!

Chicken a la King took the United States by storm in the middle of the 20th century. But if you try to find it on a dinner menu these days, you probably won’t have much luck. By embracing this dish, featuring cubed chicken with a cream sauce served over your favorite grain, you’ll get to taste what made this chicken recipe such a classic and maybe even discover your next favorite meal.

Beef Bourguignon traces its roots back for centuries, and this crockpot version guarantees you can fix up this classic dish with minimum hassle. This rich stew of beef, carrots, onions, and more will make you long for the old country and times past, even if you’ve never tasted it before.

The fresh crisp taste of a shrimp cocktail is a retro staple that just doesn’t seem to pop up as much as it used to. But there’s no reason to not indulge in this seafood favorite, and you can even transform it into a light at-home meal. This could be the perfect recipe for a party or anytime you need to impress.

Roast Chicken stands as a favorite for good reason. If it’s left your meal rotation, you need to rediscover why you fell in love with this dish, which has graced tables for countless years. This version serves up the crispiest, juiciest chicken you’ve ever tasted and guarantees a trip back for seconds.

Unless you have a Chinese restaurant near you that serves up this bygone recipe, finding crab rangoons can prove challenging. This fried wonton filled with crab and cream cheese defined fusion cuisine in the 1960s, but fewer diners have gotten to experience the dish in recent years. For a taste of retro America, give this mid-century classic a shot.

Beef Wellington can trace its roots back for hundreds of years, and this perfect pairing of beef tenderloin, puff pastry, mustard, and mushrooms has become a gold standard of fine dining. What you might not know is that this was also once a common home-cooked meal that has fallen out of popularity. These mini versions let you practice cooking this dish in your kitchen and will make you a convert in no time.

Chicken Kiev reached every home cook and restaurant in the first half of the 20th century. Try this updated take on the dish, which transforms it into a casserole.

Cooking up chicken livers might sound unappetizing, but if you’ve never tried one before, you don’t know what you’re missing. By guaranteeing you get fresh meat from your local butcher and by keeping the recipe clean and simple, you’ll have one of the freshest, most interesting meals you could make at home and will rediscover why this dish used to be so popular.

Wedge salads were all the rage when they first sprang to popularity in the middle of the 20th century. These massive slices of lettuce are topped with bacon crumbles, all kinds of vegetables, and any dressing you could dream of. With such massive portion sizes, they became meals in themselves. If you dream of salads and want to treat yourself to an experience your grandparents and parents would love, this should be your next culinary adventure.

Clams Casino is one of the perfect ways to prepare clams, but so few restaurants still promote it. Don’t forget about this creamy Italian-American classic that pairs excellently over your choice of linguine. With one bite, you will see why this dish became an overnight sensation in the United States after World War II.

Even if you associate images of Swedish meatballs with Ikea, your grandparents and great grandparents might have much more fond memories of these Scandinavian classics. Having taken America by storm in the ’60s, Swedish meatballs could be found at many restaurants, and recipes to make them at home popped up everywhere. By pairing them with a classic cream sauce, you can discover why they took the nation by storm.

When you want a chicken with an extra flavor kick, looking to the past is never a bad idea. This Mediterranean take on chicken was all the rage decades ago but has fallen out of popularity. Spanish olives, oregano, and even prunes develop a complex flavor that will keep this recipe in rotation at your home for generations to come.

Finding fresh venison proves challenging, and it has only gotten harder over the years. As a result, venison recipes have been slowly dwindling, but with a trip to your butcher, you can taste the past and keep favorite recipes alive, like this classic take on venison cutlets. The perfectly seared cuts pair perfectly with any starch and provide the perfect alternative to standard red meats.

With a name like cheeseburger pie, what’s not to love? This retro dish takes you back decades by wrapping up all the flavors you love about cheeseburgers and putting them into an easy-to-make pie. With a simple amount of prep work and even easier cleanup, this recipe tastes great and will make you wonder where it has been all your life!

If you have memories of eating the microwave meal version of Salisbury steak, don’t be scared off by this retro favorite. The home-cooked steak pairs excellently with a creamy sauce and when seasoned to perfection redefines what people loved about this classic in the first place. Take a second chance with this meal and it will be your new all-time favorite.

The smell of tuna noodle casserole can give some people traumatic memories of growing up and having to eat poorly made versions of this classic dish. In any case, it is time to break this casserole out again and find out why it was so good in the first place. This version boils the recipe down to its barest elements, meaning that the no-frills taste will leave you floored.

This dump and bake Chicken Divan couldn’t be easier to make, even if you never heard of it before. This chicken casserole is made with broccoli, almonds, and a Moray sauce to produce one of the most mouth-watering, juicy creations that you could imagine. It’s no wonder it took the culinary world by storm generations ago!

When you want a no-frills chicken that your ancestors also chowed down on, this is second to none. Paired with carrots and onions, this roasted chicken recipe keeps things simple and cheap and leaves you with a juicy bird for any occasion. Whether it’s a holiday get-together or a regular weekend, this recipe is for you.

Chili Con Carne was an exciting twist on classic chili taste that fell to the wayside years ago. This recipe unearths the classic and finds a way to serve it up as a casserole that leaves you stuffed. Smokey paprika, peppers, and cumin all combine to make this a knockout recipe that both you and your grandparents can get behind.

Chicken Marengo, or “Marriage Chicken,” has existed for generations, even if it hasn’t been on your dinner table in some time. This skillet recipe pairs chicken breast with an Italian red sauce that can please any palate—it will feel like you’re eating at an upscale restaurant. With no refined kitchen skills necessary, this recipe is the perfect blast from the past.

Baked fish might be one of the most underrated dishes to ever grace dinner tables. The crispy baked halibut pairs perfectly with the tart acidity brought from the tomato sauce, and it results in the perfect meal when you need to feed a hungry family.

With a rich and creamy mushroom sauce and perfectly braised beef, it’s a wonder that beef stroganoff ever fell out of fashion. The noodles and beef are the perfect remedies for cold weather. And with only a few bites, you’ll feel comfortably full and ready to add this recipe to your list of favorites.

Roast beef has been in the public consciousness for centuries, but when was the last time you tasted this mouth-watering creation? By decking this roast out with garlic and rosemary, this recipe revamps the rich flavors that make this roast a standard. It’s perfect for any celebration where you need to feed a group.

Even if you have memories of eating these in the cafeteria and vowing to never eat them again, you might change your mind. Making these Sloppy Joes at home will spice up your weekly menu and provide a fast, easy dish that’s guaranteed to taste great. The ground beef and tangy sauce pair well, and when you take special care in the whole preparation, you know you won’t be revisiting any childhood trauma.

You might see fried oysters on menus from time to time, but when was the last time you made them at home? Thanks to this foolproof recipe, making these delicacies that were once consumed across the coastal US is now a possibility and you will see why they were so delicious. By keeping the recipe straightforward, you can concoct this light seafood favorite that can star at any dinner spread.


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