Vintage Recipes You May Have Forgotten About–But Shouldn’t Have
Food traditions in the South tend to stick. Cookbooks are passed down, recipes are exchanged by word of mouth, techniques are taught by hand, and Southern food endures. Although we love creating new recipes in keeping with today's tastes and trends, there’s something sweet about a vintage recipe that can still hold its own. Get ready for a trip down memory lane with these old-fashioned recipes we love. From a traditional relish tray appetizer and a classic turkey tetrazzini dinner to divinity candy or shoofly pie for dessert, these vintage recipes are worth holding onto. Ready for some nostalgia and satisfied smiles at your table? Give these retro recipes a try.
Crispy Cheese Wafers
Recipe: Crispy Cheese Wafers
Southern hostesses have long served cheese wafers to keep arriving guests held-over until the main event, and we think they should always be homemade.
Traditional Relish Tray
Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs
There was a time when Southern dinner and cocktail parties practically required a batch of cocktail meatballs, and this recipe makes us want to bring the tradition back.
Dainty Cucumber Sandwiches
Recipe: Dainty Cucumber Sandwiches
Tea sandwiches are a hallmark of Southern luncheons, and while you might see pimiento cheese or chicken salad versions around, we miss these perfectly pretty cucumber sandwiches.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball
Diane’s Southwestern Cornbread Salad
Southerners love a cold layered salad, and this one is the perfect excuse to bring them back.
Classic Okra and Tomatoes
Recipe: Home-Style Butterbeans
Southern-style butterbeans are a budget-friendly, easy side dish that’s most delicious when cooked with bacon, of course.
Classic Candied Yams
Classic Fresh Field Peas
Recipe: Classic Fresh Field Peas
Delicate Southern field peas pair perfectly with smoky ham hocks for an old-school veggie side.
Three-Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Three-Bean Pasta Salad
If you remember three-bean salad from your childhood, you’ll love this pasta-salad remake we cooked up.
Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
Recipe: Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
This cold pasta salad is reminiscent of another Southern classic, layered salads.
Poppy Seed Chicken
Recipe: Poppy Seed Chicken
Poppy seed chicken casserole has been a staple on Southern dinner tables as long as we can remember, and we’re bringing it back for its one-dish ease and comfort-food taste.
Fresh Corn Spoonbread
Recipe: Fresh Corn Spoonbread
You might still make corn pudding and cornbread, but do you remember fluffy spoonbread?
Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
There aren’t many dishes more nostalgic than casseroles with a “cream-of” soup on the ingredient list, and turkey tetrazzini is reminiscent of Thanksgiving leftovers at many homes
New Tuna Casserole
Recipe: New Tuna Casserole
Tuna noodle casserole is the budget-friendly best friend of busy cooks in the South.
Recipe: Pineapple Casserole
To some, pineapple casserole might sound crazy. To others, it’s been a fixture at Easter lunches forever. Whichever side you’re on, this is a truly Southern recipe you should try.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Remember this one? Chicken-and-wild rice casserole has been a weeknight wonder in Southern homes for years, and it will never stop tasting so comforting.
Recipe: Quiche Lorraine
Once the queen of Southern luncheons and brunches, Quiche Lorraine stood atop its pedestal in the ’70s, but we still love this classic egg dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Recipe: Chicken-Fried Steak
Chicken-fried steak, served with peppery, creamy gravy, is an old-school Southern dish that’s bad for your waistline but good for your soul.
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
This cheesy, hearty casserole has been a mainstay on weeknight dinner tables for decades, and kids will never stop eating it up.
Classic Peanut Brittle
Recipe: Classic Peanut Brittle
Peanut brittle is a simple, iconic Southern sweet treat that was supposedly created by accident.
Recipe: Coca-Cola Cake
Coca-Cola cake is one of the trustiest sheet cake recipes of all time.
Recipe: Cherry-Nectarine Pandowdy
You might assume this is just another cobbler recipe, but pandowdies, popular as early as the 1800s, are different in that the cook uses a fork to break, or “dowdy” the crust. It might be messy, but it’s so worth it.
Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie
Cassandra’s “Light” Fruitcake
Recipe: Cassandra’s “Light” Fruitcake
Fruitcakes are a permanent fixture on plenty of Southern holiday tables, whether some generations enjoy them or not.
Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Use blueberries fresh from the farmers’ market for this timeless and simple cornmeal cake.
Recipe: Chocolate Lasagna
You may have enjoyed a similar layered chocolate dessert in the 1960s or ’70s, and we’re happy to tell you it’s back.
Blackberry Jam Cake
Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
Recipe: Sliced Sweet Potato Pie
The beautiful presentation of a vintage sliced sweet potato pie can’t be matched.
Mrs. Floyd’s Divinity
Recipe: Mrs. Floyd’s Divinity
This vintage candy’s name fits it well—it’s truly divine.
Rebecca's Black Bottom Icebox Pie
Icebox pies are a hallmark of vintage Southern desserts, and this rich black bottom recipe is no exception.
June- Fried Blueberry-Ginger Hand Pies
Recipe: Fried Blueberry-Ginger Hand Pies
These fried pies will bring back memories of summer as a child.
Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
Recipe: Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
This recipe got its start in the early 1800s, and no, it’s not a cheesecake.
Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Buckle
This streusel-topped cake has the fruit you love from a cobbler but the texture of a crumb-cake, and it’s perfect paired with an afternoon cup of tea.
Recipe: Fudge Cake
If you can’t remember the last time you had a decadent slice of fudge cake, then it’s absolutely been too long.
Oatmeal-Caramel Cream Pies
Recipe: Oatmeal-Caramel Cream Pies
We gave nostalgic oatmeal cream pies a Southern makeover and added salty-sweet caramel to the mix.
Shaker Lemon Pie
Recipe: Shaker Lemon Pie
This four-ingredient vintage recipe uses every part of the lemon since they were expensive and difficult to find when it was created.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Salad
This vintage gelatin recipe was a favorite for church potlucks and family reunions in the South for decades.
The Lane Cake
Recipe: Chess Pie
Refrigerated pie crust helps cut prep time for this sweet dish without sacrificing a single bit of its signature flavor.
Old-Fashioned Shoofly Pie
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Shoofly Pie
A "Desperation Pie" that taste anything but desperate, this old-fashioned dessert is topped with a sprinkling of simple shortbread crumbles that bake into the molasses mixture.
Apple Stack Cake
Recipe: Apple Stack Cake
According to Appalachian folklore, this cake was traditionally a wedding delicacy made from layers brought individually by women in the community that were then stacked together.