1970s Recipes

Looking for recipes from the 1970s? Allrecipes has more than 70 trusted retro recipes complete with ratings, reviews and baking tips.

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Chicken Supreme II

Rating: 4.17 stars
This is easy to make and has a 'dinner out' quality to it.

Outrageously Buttery Crumb Cake

Rating: 3.99 stars
This simple crumb cake is the BEST I ever tasted. The cake is so moist, and there is a ton of buttery crumb topping to die for. It's my aunt's recipe from the 1970's (hence the 1 pound of butter) and therefore of uttermost decadence, but oh so addictive! I've made this recipe so many times, with so many compliments. I basically eyeball the measurements now (I like a lot of cinnamon) but below is the original recipe.

Cheese Ball III

Rating: 4.74 stars
This cheese ball is one our family has had and used for 20 years. We love it. It's simple, and most of the ingredients are kept on hand. Roll it in nuts or parsley, if desired. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

Chicken Lo Mein with Broccoli

Rating: 4.02 stars
We started out making a chicken stir-fry and ended up with our very own delicious version of chicken lo mein! If you like Mongolian grill restaurants, then try this!

Watergate Salad

Rating: 4.71 stars
This chilly delight is an American classic.

Polynesian Peach Chicken

Rating: 4.43 stars
This is a delicious, fairly quick, attractive main dish. Serve over rice.

Chicken and Pasta Primavera

Rating: 4.14 stars
A tasty recipe that the kids like too! You can substitute shredded, boiled chicken for the canned chicken.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Rating: 4.55 stars
This classic salad dressing includes mayonnaise, anchovies, vinegar, green onion, garlic, parsley, tarragon and chives. It can be prepared in a blender or food processor and is good served as a dressing for steamed artichokes, a seafood salad, or as a sauce over broiled fish. (If you don't have fresh tarragon, you can use 1/4 teaspoon dried, instead.)

Cheese Fondue

Rating: 4.43 stars
I've been making this fondue since the early 70's. Always so good!

Grandma's Ground Beef Casserole

Rating: 4.35 stars
As the title suggests, this was my Grandmother's recipe. I've tweaked the amount of cheese and sour cream depending on what I've got in the fridge and it always turns out great! My mother has suggested this was made up as a way to use up ingredients in the fridge.

Wacky Cake VIII

Rating: 4.69 stars
This cake is make without milk or eggs and is moist, dark and delicious. A brain child of the depression era when ingenious cooks developed a cake that could be made without expensive and scarce ingredients.

The Original Donair From the East Coast of Canada

Rating: 4.45 stars
In the early 70's, a Greek restaurateur in the city of Halifax introduced the Donair. Within a few short years, virtually all pizzerias had added their version of the dish to their menus. Not to be confused with gyros, the Donair has a vastly different flavor. Originally the dish was made with ground lamb, but this proved too costly and ground beef was later substituted. Technically, this resulted in an aberration of sorts, as the final product was not what the originator had intended. What resulted, however, is the legendary East Coast Donair.

Inspiration and Ideas

Wacky Cake VIII

"I used to make this cake with my parents as a kid. It was so fun to make it one pan. I now make it with my kids." – hanniemay

Cheese Ball III

"This is delicious! Really good and I think the lemon juice and little bit of mayo added some nice subtle flavors." – HOLLYBELL

Family Tradition Watergate Salad

Rating: 4.67 stars

In my family, we have this every time there's any type of get-together. The large bowl is always finished off and finally I asked my great Aunt how she does it. Here's her secret!