While the likes of prune whip, salmon mousse, tuna noodle casserole, fish sticks, and yam ice cream deserve to be left on the culinary scrapheap of history, there are plenty of popular mid-century American dishes that merit a resurgence today. At first glance, beef Wellington, chicken Kiev, and chiffon pie may seem like dusty relics of the Mad Men era, the kind of food your parents–if not your grandparents–made with help from an actual paper-and-ink cookbook. But if you give these dishes a second thought, or simply look at the mouth-watering things today’s cooks are doing with these classics, you’ll realize that they’re fully in keeping with modern standards of deliciousness.
Tunnel Of Fudge
A somewhat simple dish of beef tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry. Perhaps that simplicity and universality has something to do with the fact that no one can truly pinpoint its origins.
Chicken a la King
Chicken Pot Pie
Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie
A staple among southern desserts in the 1950s and 1960s, this creamy mint pie sports an Oreo crust, all of which makes it strange that it hasn't remained as popular as it once was.