Comfort Food Recipes
18 Vintage Recipes From Early America
From simple sweets to hearty stews, these recipes are inspired by early America. Learn which all-American eats have withstood the test of time!
Inspired by apple tansey, a staple in Colonial Virginia, this cake is bursting with big apple chunks. The addition of butterscotch sauce gives it a special, old-world feel.
A favorite protein of American colonists, the turkey became a fixture on holiday dinner tables. This version roasts the apricot preserves and turkey breast until they’re golden brown and delicious.
Rumor has it that asparagus soup was one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite dishes; he even had asparagus planted and grown at Monticello.
Before the Molasses Act of 1733, which taxed the sticky sauce, cookies rich with ooey-gooey molasses were common treats. When the price of molasses eventually lowered again, these cookies regained their popularity.
Originally developed when wheat crops wouldn’t grow, this sweet and hearty bread is still common in the Northeast.
Though apple pie’s roots are from Europe, it didn’t long for this pie to become quintessentially American.
Simple and easy to throw together, these cookies were a common treat. Martha Washington even had her own recipe!
Though pumpkin gnocchi may seem strange, pasta was a very common way colonialists incorporated pumpkin into their dishes. Paired with a simple and delicious butter sauce, you’ll find love at first bite!
Since barley grew in abundance in Colonial America, barley soup was a common way to warm up on a cold day.
Apple dumplings were incredibly popular throughout the middle colonies, since boiling was one of the most common way to cook food in the area. This particular recipe is inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch’s baking method.
This treat was as popular during Christmas in Colonial America as it is today. Though, our modern-day gingerbread cake recipe has an extra-sweet touch of caramel sauce.
Since pickling was one of the simplest way to preserve fresh produce, pickles were commonly eaten during dinner or as an appetizer.