Can You Name These Vintage Recipes From a Photo and a List of Ingredients?


By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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If you call a jello mold "salad"... this quiz is just for you!

If you call bacon-wrapped water chestnuts "rumaki"... this quiz is just for you!

If you remember the days when potato salad involved hard-boiled eggs... this quiz is just for you!

And if these statements just brought a giant smile to your face, then it's time to take this ultimate vintage recipes quiz. And we think you might just ace it, too! Are you ready to rock the kitchen?

So maybe it was the times, or maybe it was a matter of the ingredients and resources available to your mother. (Let's face it, everybody, it was probably your mother!) But no matter who was doing the cooking, vintage recipes all had one thing in common: they were simple! Today, as we look back, many of these recipes incorporate basic ingredients such as eggs, flour, mayonnaise and cream, and their featured component is often canned fruit or canned fish. Meals such as crown roast, glazed ham and cran-orange roast duckling were reserved for special occasions, and no, you could not leave the table until you cleared your plate! 

Well, if your taste buds are tingling, it's time to get started! Good luck and remember, when life hands you leftover mashed potatoes, be sure to make some Maine potato candy!

Which of these vintage recipes requires hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise and relish?

Did you know that deviled eggs originated in Rome, Italy? Today they are most popular throughout Europe and North America. Be sure to serve them nice and cold!


What is the name of the recipe that gives you chicken and veggies in a creamy gravy over biscuits?

There are varying accounts as to how Chicken a la King originated. What we do know for sure is that it is popularly made with sherry and mushrooms and was first mentioned in the "New York Times" in 1893.


For which recipe do you need cheese, breadcrumbs and milk?

Blue Cheese Souffle is packed with protein and serves as a great side dish for beef. Want to whip one up for dinner tonight? Just make sure you have some cream of tartar on hand!


Which recipe requires a can of stinky fish, egg noodles and peas?

Tuna Noodle Casserole originated in the United States. Did you know that it became popular in the 1950s mainly because the ingredients were cheap and easy to find in the supermarket?


Which of these recipes mixes cream cheese with pimiento olives?

Olive-Stuffed Celery is a favorite around the holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. While it can be made simply with olives, cream cheese and celery stalks, some home cooks may add Miracle Whip, pickle juice and toasted pecans to their recipe!


Can you name the recipe which mixes ground meats and spices into a round shape?

Swedish Meatballs are much like other meatballs when it comes to mixing ground beef, pork and sometimes veal with breadcrumbs, egg and spices. The only major difference? They are typically smaller in size - only two to three centimeters at most!


You'll need some cucumbers, cream cheese and fresh dill to make these party favorites!

Looking to make three dozen salmon mousse canapes for your next party? Grab two English cucumbers, eight ounces of cream cheese, half a cup of heavy whipping cream and of course... half a pound of smoked salmon or lox from the grocery store and get to it!


For which recipe will you need a few racks of lamb?

Well, the queen doesn't actually wear this crown, but she probably loves to eat it! Crown roasts are created by taking two or three single racks of lamb and tying them into a circle before cooking.


Which recipe requires pastry dough, ground meat, onion and spices?

Did you know that meat pies are thought to have originated in several different places around the world? The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Belize each claim meat pies as their own! Can you claim them in your kitchen too?


Which of these recipes requires crushed pineapple, a type of berry gelatin and a thick Christmastime drink?

This vintage recipe is sure to bring out your holiday spirit, especially around Thanksgiving! Make sure to have your mold pan ready and don't attempt to serve your Cranberry Eggnog Salad until it is completely firm!


Can you name the recipe whose base is made up of round green vegetables?

Did you know that split pea soup is made from dried peas? The color of the peas, and therefore the soup, can vary depending on their geographic origin!


You'll want to use overripe fruit to make this dessert... what is it?

The perfect vintage banana cake recipe includes one cup of sour milk or buttermilk, along with three large overripe bananas. Never throw out "old" bananas - instead, you should peel them and freeze them for future banana cake!


Which recipe requires cream cheese, mayonnaise and seafood?

Baked crab dip is simple and delicious. Join canned crab meat with cream cheese, green onion, garlic and mayonnaise, then serve with crusty bread at your next house party or holiday celebration!


For which recipe do you need crushed pineapple, cream of coconut and lemon-lime soda?

Don't forget the all-essential gelatin packets! Pina Colada Molded Salad takes a short time to prepare, but allow several hours for proper chilling before serving!


Which recipe combines pasta, tomato sauce and cheese in a layered form?

Though its origin is Italian, lasagna is a warm and delicious favorite of many American households. Everyone has their own variation that has been passed on from generation to generation. Whose lasagna recipe is your favorite?


Can you name the recipe whose main ingredients are ice cream, cake and meringue?

Despite its name, did you know that baked Alaska got its origin in New Orleans, Louisiana? It is said that the chef Antoine Alciatore coined the term at his restaurant in 1867, when the United States acquired Alaska from the Russian Empire.


This side dish is full of starch and hard-boiled eggs. What is it called?

Vintage potato salad is unlike your average potato salad. Some of the ingredients included in this recipe are onion, dijon mustard, evaporated milk, hard-boiled eggs and paprika. That is certainly a recipe for the ages!


For which recipe will you need heavy whipping cream, Parmesan cheese and green onion?

Need a crowd-pleasing addition to your next brunch? Try good ol' fashioned Creamy Eggs and Mushrooms au Gratin! It is best made in a large cast iron skillet and takes just 40 minutes to whip up!


Which recipe combines beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and a whole lot of one type of vegetable?

French Onion Soup is a classic recipe which is loaded with onions and rich broth. Raise your hand if your favorite part is the floating toasted bread and cheese on top!


Which of these recipes comes from the heart of Louisiana and requires Cajun seasoning?

For vintage-style Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, go with the bone-in chicken thighs. There is a great deal of added flavor in this part of the chicken - just be sure to remove the skin!


Can you name the recipe that combines brown sugar with meat from the pork family?

Popular around the holidays, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser. Mix brown sugar, mustard and cider vinegar, then coat one large fully cooked bone-in ham. Bake, covered, until a beautiful glaze forms and enjoy!


Which of these recipes could you serve alongside cold cooked shrimp?

Honey Horseradish Dip combines stone-ground mustard, honey, horseradish and a base such as yogurt to create a delicious dip for cocktail shrimp. Vintage recipes also suggest serving this dip with cold sugar snap peas!


Can you name the recipe that requires navel oranges, rosemary and a whole form of poultry?

This recipe not only requires fresh navel oranges, but there is also orange marmalade and orange juice involved! Add some fresh cranberries, sugar, soy sauce and chicken broth, and you've got yourself a delicious roasting sauce for this holiday treat.


For which recipe will you need cream cheese, canned fruit and water?

Did you know that to make gelatin, you need both boiling water and cold water? Once the mold has set, it's time to garnish with mint or cranberries and serve!


Can you name the recipe that requires a lot of citrus?

This classic recipe requires just two main ingredients, and of course a dressing. The dressing is made from white wine vinegar, canola oil, orange zest and juice, sugar and... ground cloves!


Which of these recipes is best served in a cold copper mug?

A Moscow Mule is best served in a copper mug, though health advocates recommend they be lined with nickel or stainless steel. Its ingredients include vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, with a lime slice or mint leaves for a garnish.


Can you name the recipe which includes kidney beans, butter beans and pork and beans?

Resembling a chili somewhat, three-bean baked beans is a hearty and warm dish that's perfect for a party or cold night on the couch! This vintage recipe includes molasses, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, mustard and chili powder, along with chopped onion. Also add bacon or ground beef, if you're feeling festive.


For which of these recipes will you need chicken broth, onion and a green vegetable?

Did you know that asparagus is planted in early spring and harvested once the stalks have reached six to eight inches in length? White asparagus is produced by growing the plants without sunlight.


What is the name of the recipe featuring a thinly sliced red and white vegetable?

Most people would tell you never to cook a radish. But cooks from the 1950s disagree! This classic recipe combines green beans with thin-sliced radishes in a skillet with butter. They are then tossed with sugar and salt, and served as a side dish. Eat up!


Which recipe takes a regular salad ingredient and makes it the star?

Cucumber Canapes are a simple and refreshing appetizer. One traditional recipe includes white or rye bread, cucumbers (of course!) and a spread made from mayonnaise, cream cheese and various herbs and spices, such as dill and paprika.


What is the name of this recipe which requires a few types of dairy products?

The vintage Cheese Ball recipe includes cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and mayonnaise, combined with relish, onion, Worcestershire sauce and fresh parsley! Serve with crackers and voila!


Can you name the recipe that takes a side dish and turns it into dessert?

Legend has it that residents of Maine ate potatoes on a daily basis. They would then transform any leftovers they had into creative treats, such as bread, doughnuts and yes... chocolate covered candies!


Which recipe's name denotes the size of its featured food?

Silver Dollar Burgers is the vintage name for what we know today as sliders! They are mini hamburgers served with pickle relish and a slice of cheese on a hamburger bun.


For which recipe are strips of bacon and toothpicks required?

So you don't like water chestnuts, huh? How about we wrap them in bacon and smother them with barbecue sauce... now do you like them? This classic recipe is one for the ages - wrap it in bacon and you will always win!


In which of these recipes are there hard-boiled eggs, horseradish and a type of seafood?

If you've ever made crab puffs, you know how delicious they are, and you know the amount of effort it takes to make them! This multi-step process takes 45 minutes to prepare, but once you do, you will have something special.


Which of these recipes involves stuffing one vegetable into another?

Mushroom-Stuffed Tomatoes are a delicious and classic side dish. After the sliced mushrooms are sauteed and combined with cream, bread crumbs and butter, they are stuffed into tomato halves and baked with cheese!


Can you name the recipe that includes canned peaches and ginger ale?

Get your best jello mold ready to make this recipe! You'll also need one can of sliced peaches, lemon gelatin, ginger ale and chopped walnuts. Make sure the gelatin is fully firm before serving!


For which recipe will you need hot sauce, pork and toasted white bread?

Though these fan favorites only take ten minutes to bake, they take about an hour to prepare! Tasso ham is highly spiced and cured pork shoulder. Some people substitute chorizo for it.


Which of these recipes is considered a relative of the popover?

Yorkshire Pudding originated in Yorkshire, England, and was first published in 1737. The recipe contains milk or water, flour, eggs and roasted meat drippings. It is often served with beef and gravy, or sometimes bangers and mash!


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