The Most Popular Casserole From Every Decade
Creamy casseroles weren't just for the 1950s. Take a trip through the decades with these favorite casserole recipes.
Tuna noodle casserole may sound like a 1950s staple, but it emerged at the start of the decade. In the early 1900s, new convenience foods like canned tuna were all the rage.
The 1910s saw a rise in European immigrants coming to the United States, and they brought their delicious food with them! Italian recipes like lasagna made their way to everyone’s dinner tables.
During the Great Depression, families had to change the way they cooked. Instead of splurging on sirloin beef, home chefs opted for ground chuck instead.
As the U.S. entered the Second World War, food rations and tight budgets led to the rise of meatless meals. Home cooks simply walked out their doors to their victory gardens to gather ingredients for that night’s dinner.
In the 1960s, we were over simple casseroles and craved something a bit more exotic. Thanks to Julia Child’s influence, French cuisine went from a restaurant luxury to a dinner table regular.
The 1970s were all about quick, easy dishes. Fun fondue and creamy Hamburger Helper took the place of stuffy fancy dining.
In the 1990s, health enthusiasts fell in love with the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Dishes featuring olive oil, fresh fish and sundried tomatoes ruled.
In the 2000s we fell back in love with fat in a big way. Everyone ditched their fat-free crackers for bacon during the Atkins craze.