11 Sunday dinners mom used to make

A Sweet Pea Chef

Do you remember a time before avocado toast and sushi burgers? A time when dinner came to the table and people actually ate it right away, rather than first taking pictures of it for Instagram?

Those days might be long gone, but we can still relive them with the help of these throwback recipes. Here are 11 recipes that make us super-nostalgic for those days when pickle cupcakes didn’t exist and cauliflower rice had not yet been invented:

1. Chicken A La King

Chicken a la King became widely popular in the 1960s. And no wonder. It’s simple to prepare yet, thanks to its rich, creaminess and gorgeous presentation, it feels both fancy enough for company and cozy enough for Sunday dinner. Find the recipe for this retro recipe on Taste and Tell.

Taste and Tell

2. Crown Roast Of Pork

Crown roast is a vintage recipe that can instantly make people of a certain generation sentimental. It often made appearances on our holiday tables as we were growing up because it’s a gorgeous dish that actually requires very little fuss. Find the recipe here on Simply Home Cooked.

Simply Home Cooked

3. Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad is a kooky, sweet dish that perfectly exemplifies the gelatin-obsessed 1960s, and it only continued to grow in popularity during the 1970s and beyond. In recent years, this dish made of Jell-O pudding mix, mini marshmallows, pineapple chunks and pecans seems to have fallen out of favor, but we say it’s time for a revival of this retro recipe! Make your own at home with these instructions from Spicy Southern Kitchen.

Spicy Southern Kitchen

4. Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs is another classic dish that seemed to be part of every holiday gathering during the ’60s and ’70s. Whether you liked them savory or sweet, Swedish meatballs were a huge part of our lives long before Ikea existed! Find the recipe here from The View from Great Island.

The View from Great Island

5. Chicken Diane

Chicken Diane used to be a staple on the menus of every chichi restaurant, and it was a dish that every home cook pulled out of her arsenal whenever she really wanted to impress her guests. Now, it’s fallen by the wayside — but today’s kids need to become acquainted with the deliciousness that is Chicken Diane! Find the recipe here on Framed Cooks.

Framed Cooks

6. French Onion Dip

Why did French Onion Dip become so incredibly popular in the 1960s? No party was complete without a bowl of the dip, plus salty potato chips or rye bread to accompany it. It’s time to bring this tangy, creamy dip back to the spotlight. Find a recipe here on McCallum’s Shamrock Patch.

Diary of a Recipe Collector

7. Crêpe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is likely a dish today’s generation has never tasted, yet it used to be a dinnertime favorite in the 1960s. Made with orange zest, eggs, butter and orange juice, this fancy dish is perfect for a romantic dinner or for breakfast in bed. Find the recipe here on Pittman & Davis.

Pittman & Davis

8. Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak was a classic dinner recipe in the ’60s and ’70s, as it was affordable and simple to prepare. Made with ground beef, Worcestershire sauce and bread crumbs, this steak wasn’t exactly “steak,” but it sure satisfied plenty of hungry families! Find the recipe here on Nourished Kitchen.

Nourished Kitchen

9. Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia is so named because it tastes simply heavenly — not to mention that with its fluffy, airy texture, it looks like a cloud on your plate. This retro recipe always made an appearance at parties, whether you were a ’60s, ’70s or even an ’80s baby! Find a recipe for ambrosia here on A Pumpkin and A Princess.

A Pumpkin and a Princess

10. Tuna Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole is one of those dishes that our moms and grandmas reached for whenever the fridge was practically empty and they needed to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. Made with pantry staples like crackers, noodles and tuna fish, this vintage recipe will no doubt please even Generation Z. Find a healthy, updated take on tuna casserole here on A Sweet Pea Chef.

A Sweet Pea Chef

11. Quiche Lorraine

Quiches became widely popular in the 1960s. But unlike other vintage food trends, this one really stuck around for the long haul. And for good reason! It’s light, filling and easy to transport as it’s good both warm and room temperature. Find this recipe for Quiche Lorraine on Foraged Dish.

Foraged Dish

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