6 Popular ’80s Recipes That Have Been Forgotten

6 Popular ’80s Recipes That Have Been Forgotten | Society Of Rock Videos

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The ’80s was a decade notable not for pop culture and technology but for its unique contributions to the culinary world, blending the simplicity of microwave meals with the excitement of international dishes. Let’s take a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and rediscover some beloved recipes that have fallen out of the spotlight.

Classic Chicken Potpie


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The Classic Chicken Potpie was a fixture in many households, encapsulating the warmth and coziness of home cooking. The dish typically featured chunks of tender chicken mingled with a variety of vegetables like carrots, peas, and potatoes. These ingredients were bound together in a rich and hearty gravy, all encased in a flaky, buttery pastry. Perfect for a family dinner or a comforting meal on a chilly evening, the chicken potpie was not only filling but also offered a balanced meal in one dish. Its golden crust, often made from scratch or with ready-made pastry dough, was the crowning glory that provided a satisfying crunch to complement the creamy filling within.

Swiss Corn Casserole

Swiss Corn Casserole was an indulgent side dish that combined the sweet taste of corn with the smooth melt of Swiss cheese. It was an easy-to-make comfort food, often bringing a cozy addition to potlucks, holiday spreads, and everyday dinners. The casserole typically involved layering or mixing corn kernels with a mixture of eggs, milk, and a binding ingredient like flour, creating a custard-like consistency once baked. The Swiss cheese provided a nutty flavor and a gooey texture that was irresistible when pulled from the oven. This dish was celebrated for its simplicity and its ability to pair well with a variety of main courses, from barbecued meats to vegetarian entrees.

Homemade Sloppy Joes


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Homemade Sloppy Joes were the epitome of American comfort food, loved for their undeniable heartiness and ease of preparation. The primary ingredients included ground beef or pork cooked in a tomato-based sauce, sometimes with hints of sweetness or a dash of spice for a flavor that was equally tangy and savory. The sauce was thick and aromatic, generously ladled over soft hamburger buns that soaked up the flavors. Sloppy Joes were a hit among children and adults alike, often served with a side of fries or a simple salad. This meal represented the joy of casual dining, with informal gatherings often embracing the messy, yet delicious, nature inherent in its name.

Pineapple-Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry


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Infusing the flavors of the Far East into home kitchens, Pineapple-Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry was a vibrant dish that showcased the sweetness of pineapple and the bite of fresh ginger. Chicken pieces, stir-fried until golden, were tossed with bell peppers, onions, and juicy pineapple chunks. The ginger added a warm, spicy edge that was tempered by the caramelization of pineapple’s natural sugars. The sauce, often a blend of soy, honey, and a splash of vinegar, coated each ingredient, producing a dish that was both glossy and packed with flavor. Quick to prepare and healthy too, this stir-fry was a go-to dish for busy families seeking a meal that was both nutritious and full of flavor.

Impossible Pie

Simple yet impressive, the Impossible Pie was a testament to the ingenuity of home bakers who sought to minimize effort while maximizing flavor. The concept behind the pie was straightforward: mix all the ingredients together, pour into a pie dish, and watch as it baked into a layered marvel with a distinct crust, filling, and topping. The “impossible” aspect stemmed from the transformation of the batter as it baked — the Bisquick creating its own crust without any need for rolling or shaping. Options for fillings were endless, ranging from sweet coconut or chocolate to savory options such as ham and cheese or spinach and onion. This versatility made Impossible Pie a popular choice for any meal of the day, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

Dirt Cake

A playful dessert that captured the imagination of both children and adults, Dirt Cake was far more delicious than the name suggested. This treat was constructed from layers of crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies, which resembled soil, and a creamy mixture of instant pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream, mimicking mud. The dessert was typically served in a container that could be anything from a flower pot to a glass dish, often adorned with gummy worms or artificial flowers to enhance the garden theme. While its presentation delighted many, the true appeal lay in the creamy, chocolaty flavors that made Dirt Cake a beloved novelty dessert. The joyous combination of textures and a no-bake approach ensured its popularity at birthday parties and social gatherings.


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