Could You Cook For A 1950s Dinner Party?

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When you think of the 1950s, the cuisine isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. You might think first of Elvis Presley and poodle skirts. But, you'd be missing out. With the country’s economy recovering from the effects of World War II, more and more families were moving to the suburbs. There, they were designing and renovating their kitchens, and, of course, cooking!

Despite the rise in fast-food restaurants, dinner parties and home-cooked meals were the order of the day! How much do you know about the delicacies associated with 1950s cuisine? Let’s find out!

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1. Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber…

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  1. Salmon mousse canapés
  2. Dates stuffed with goat cheese
  3. Chicken skewers
  4. Pancetta puffs
Salmon mousse canapés were a popular type of finger food in the 1950s, consisting of crunchy cucumber slices and a creamy, smoked salmon filling.
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2. Pineapple, brown sugar, maraschino cherries…

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  1. Banana crème brûlée
  2. Pineapple whip
  3. Pineapple upside-down cake
  4. Citrus cobbler
Pineapple upside-down cakes, decorated using pineapple and maraschino cherries, were extremely popular desserts in the 1950s. They were commonly served at dessert parties.
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3. Swiss cheese, gruyere cheese, white wine…

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  1. Fondue
  2. Artichoke dip
  3. Bacon spinach dip
  4. Crab dip
Popularized in the United States in the 1950s, fondue is a Swiss melted cheese dish served in a pot over a portable stove. It is usually eaten by dipping bread into it.
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4. Ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg…

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  1. Beef taco casserole
  2. Beef tortellini
  3. Meatloaf
  4. Steak fajitas
Meatloaf is a dish made from ground meat (typically beef), breadcrumbs, and eggs, which is then formed in the shape of a loaf. By the 1950s, it was one of the most widely prepared dishes in the US.
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5. Cream cheese, chives, cucumber...

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  1. Baked cucumber roll-ups
  2. Cucumber canapés
  3. Cucumber wings
  4. Cucumber Caprese salad
Cucumber canapés were a simple, but delicious, teatime classic. These refreshing, one-bite finger sandwiches usually contain mayo, cream cheese, and thinly sliced bread.
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6. Angel food cake, Cool Whip, coconut milk,...

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  1. Catfish sundae
  2. Deep-fried pie
  3. Sno ball
  4. Frybread
Sno Balls are cream-filled chocolate cakes covered with marshmallow frosting and coated in coconut flakes. They were first created by the bakery company, Hostess, in 1947.
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7. Jumbo shrimp, hot sauce, lemon juice...

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  1. Shrimp and hushpuppies
  2. Lefse
  3. Shrimp cocktail
  4. Crab balls
Shrimp cocktail is a seafood dish consisting of cooked prawns served in a sauce made of lemon juice and hot sauce. From the late 1950s to the 1980s, it was considered one of the most popular hors d’oeuvres in the United States.
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8. Beef tenderloin, olive oil, lemon...

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  1. Chimichangas
  2. Tater tot hotdish
  3. Beef carpaccio
  4. Succotash
Beef carpaccio is a dish of thinly sliced meat, usually served raw as an appetizer. It was invented in 1950 by the Italian chef Giuseppe Cipriani. It is commonly served with lemon, olive oil, white truffle, or parmesan cheese.
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9. Ground beef, sour cream, ground pork, breadcrumbs…

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  1. Banana bread balls
  2. Asian turkey meatballs
  3. Swedish meatballs
  4. Cheese balls
During the 1960s, international cuisine became more and more popular in the United States. Swedish meatballs were a particularly big hit! They are traditionally served with gravy or boiled potatoes.
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10. Baking chocolate, flaked coconut, chopped pecans...

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  1. Fluffernutter sandwich
  2. Red velvet cake
  3. Key lime pie
  4. German chocolate cake
Did you know that German chocolate cake is actually American? That's right, the sweet treat is named after the American baker Samuel German. He invented the cake's signature dark baking chocolate in 1852.
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11. Sour cream, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries…

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  1. Quinoa salad
  2. Tofu salad
  3. Pasta salad
  4. Ambrosia salad
Ambrosia is a popular fruit salad made from mandarin oranges, miniature marshmallows, and maraschino cherries. It dates back to the 1800s but was extremely popular during the 1950s and 1960s.
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12. Chicken breast, linguine, heavy cream…

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  1. Chicken tetrazzini
  2. Spaghetti bolognese
  3. Scrapple
  4. Nachos
Chicken tetrazzini is a popular dish made with chicken breast, linguine, and heavy cream, among other important ingredients.
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13. Tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice…

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  1. Deep-fried mash potatoes
  2. Tomato aspic
  3. Poutine
  4. Chislic
Tomato aspic (a kind of jellied salad) was extremely popular in the 1960s, especially in the southern United States. These salads were typically made from tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and on occasion, alcohol.
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14. Mushroom soup, tuna, egg noodles…

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  1. Spaghetti and meatballs
  2. Tuna noodle casserole
  3. Pot roast
  4. Shepherd’s pie
Casseroles became popular in American households in the 1950s because the ingredients were fairly cheap to buy. The tuna noodle casserole was made using canned tuna, egg noodles, and mushroom soup.
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15. Country ham, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce…

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  1. Hot dog
  2. Ham frittatas
  3. Deviled ham
  4. Galbi
Deviled ham dates back to the 1820s. Despite its unappealing appearance, it became popular, again, in the 1950s when people began incorporating it in sandwiches.
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16. Green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions…

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  1. Fettuccini alfredo
  2. Green bean casserole
  3. Chicken pot pie
  4. Spanakopita pie
The recipe for green bean casserole was created in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company. It was instantly a hit, especially at Thanksgiving dinners.
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17. Ribs, apricot preserves, seasoning salt...

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  1. Pork fried rice
  2. Pork tenderloin
  3. Crown roast
  4. Korean pork
Taking a trip down memory lane? It would be incomplete without some crown roast! To make it, bend two stacks of ribs into a circle and secure them together with some twine.
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18. Vanilla ice cream, Swiss meringue, pound cake…

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  1. Tiramisu
  2. Pumpkin pie
  3. Banana split
  4. Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska is a dessert consisting of ice cream and cake, topped with meringue. The confection is placed in a hot oven or blowtorched until the top is caramelized.
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19. Boneless chicken breast, bell peppers, green peas…

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  1. Kung pow pork
  2. Chicken tostada
  3. Chicken cordon bleu
  4. Chicken à la King
Chicken à la King, which means ‘King-style chicken’ is a dish made of diced, boneless chicken breast, bell peppers, and green peas in cream sauce. It was extremely popular in the 1960s.
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20. Beef chunks, red wine, tomato paste...

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  1. Beef bourguignon
  2. Jambalaya
  3. Breaded pork tenderloin
  4. Reindeer corndogs
Beef bourguignon, sometimes called beef burgundy, is a French dish consisting of beef braised in red wine with a few other ingredients. It dates back to the Middle Ages, but was very popular in the 1950s.
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21. Oysters, cheese, fresh spinach…

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  1. Hoppin’ John
  2. Cheddar tater tots
  3. White clam pizza
  4. Oyster Rockefeller
Oysters Rockefeller was created by a New Orleans native in 1899 when faced with a shortage of escargot in the city. The recipe was revealed in 1948, and so began the craze.
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22. Canned fruit cocktail, brown sugar, self-rising flour…

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  1. Shaved ice
  2. Unicorn droppings
  3. Tin roof sundae
  4. Fruit cocktail cake
Fruit cocktail cake is a vintage cake that combines all the contents of a canned fruit cocktail, brown sugar, flour, and eggs. It was commonly cooked in the 1950s and 1960s.
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23. Dried beef, toast, butter…

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  1. Summer salad
  2. Chestnut and cranberry roll
  3. Creamed chipped beef on toast
  4. Chestnut and parsnip soup
Creamed chipped beef on toast is made using dried beef, butter, cayenne pepper, and toast. Although it was invented in the 1800s, it didn’t become popular until the 1950s.
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24. Lobster meat, egg yolks, heavy cream…

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  1. Lobster Newburg
  2. Shrimp and grits
  3. Philly Cheesesteak
  4. Rocky mountain oysters
Lobster Newburg is a seafood dish consisting of lobster, heavy cream, eggs, cognac, and butter. Seafood dishes like this one were very popular in the 1950s.
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25. Duck breast, white wine, Grand Marnier…

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  1. Buffalo wings
  2. General Tso’s chicken
  3. Duck à l’Orange
  4. Duck rolls
Duck à l’Orange is a French dish consisting of roast duck in a sauce made of white wine and Grand Marnier. It became very popular in both the United Kingdom and the United States, especially in the 1960s.
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26. Vanilla ice cream, 7-Up, whipped cream…

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  1. 7-UP Float
  2. Old fashioned
  3. Frozen custard
  4. Piña colada
The 7-Up Float combines creamy vanilla ice cream with fizzy 7-Up. Top it with a scoop of ice cream, maraschino cherries, and whipped cream, and you’re done. Advertisements for the float date back to 1954.
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27. Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic...

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  1. Stromboli
  2. Cheese balls
  3. Fried tacos
  4. Cheese pasta
Traditional cheese balls are made with a mixture of cream cheese (or a similar kind of cheese) and other ingredients (such as pecans and chives). These are fried or baked into spectacular balls of goodness.
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28. Cream cheese, carrots, eggs…

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  1. Bread pudding
  2. Crab cake
  3. Red velvet cake
  4. Carrot cake
The earliest carrot cake recipe was published around 1929, but the cake remains a classic, even today. Some of its ingredients include cream cheese, carrots, and eggs.
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29. Ground beef or turkey, potatoes, puff pastry…

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  1. Meat pie
  2. Irish spiced beef
  3. Steak and eggs
  4. Turducken
A meat pie is a savory pie with a meat filling, usually ground beef or turkey. Meat pies date back to 9500 BC.
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30. Eggs, mayonnaise, dijon mustard…

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  1. Deviled eggs
  2. Avocado toast
  3. Egg casserole
  4. Eggs Benedict
Deviled eggs, sometimes called stuffed eggs, consist of hard-boiled chicken eggs which have been shelled, deyolked, and then stuffed with a paste made from the yolk. The dish was extremely popular in the 1950s.
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31. Sweetened condensed milk, graham cracker crust, crushed pineapple…

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  1. Cheesecake
  2. Pecan pie
  3. Frozen Hawaiian pie
  4. Apple pie
Frozen Hawaiian pie was a cool summer pie made by moms all across America, especially in the 1950s. The recipe includes sweetened condensed milk, a graham cracker crust, crushed fruits, and chopped nuts.
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32. Red wine, mango chutney, chicken breast…

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  1. Funnel cake balls
  2. Coronation chicken
  3. Paczki
  4. Cheesesteak
Coronation chicken is a cold dish made of cooked chicken meat, herbs, and a creamy mayonnaise sauce. It was first prepared for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and it didn’t take long for people to try it themselves.
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33. Sour cream, olive oil, onions…

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  1. French onion dip
  2. Clam chowder
  3. Guacamole
  4. Salsa
French onion dip, also known as California dip, is a sour cream-based dip that has been flavored with onions and olive oil. It was created by a French cook in Los Angeles in 1954.
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34. Vanilla ice cream, dark brown sugar, dark rum…

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  1. Blueberry cobbler
  2. Bananas Foster
  3. Cream pie
  4. Cornbread
Bananas Foster is a dessert made from vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, dark rum, and obviously, bananas. The butter, bananas, and sugar are cooked down before alcohol is added, and then ignited.
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35. Chicken liver, water chestnuts, soy sauce…

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  1. Baked ziti
  2. Liver pate
  3. Bruschetta
  4. Rumaki
Rumaki is an hors d’oeuvre commonly served in Polynesian restaurants in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s basically water chestnuts and chicken liver, wrapped in bacon, then marinated in soy sauce.
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36. Cake flour, evaporated milk, eggs…

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  1. Key lime pie
  2. Sopaipillas
  3. Chiffon cake
  4. French toast
A chiffon cake is made from cake flour, evaporated milk, eggs, and other flavorings. The recipe was created by Harry Baker, but he kept the recipe a secret for 20 years, before selling it to General Mills, who released it to the public in 1948.
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37. Sirloin steak, egg noodles, sour cream…

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  1. Beef stroganoff
  2. Chop suey
  3. Surf and turf
  4. Chicken-fried steak
Beef stroganoff is a Russian dish composed of sautéed sirloin served in sour cream sauce with rice or noodles. The dish dates back to 1871 and was made famous in the 1950s after Russian immigrants and servicemen brought it over to the United States.
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38. Pork shoulder, ham, sodium nitrite…

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  1. Bacon pork rinds
  2. SPAM
  3. Chicken-fried streak
  4. Alligator bites
SPAM is a brand of canned, cooked pork used in a variety of dishes. It was introduced in 1937. By 1959, the billionth can of SPAM had been sold.
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39. Crescent rolls, hot dogs, sesame seeds…

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  1. Chili dog
  2. Pigs in a blanket
  3. Chimichanga
  4. Toasted ravioli
Pigs in a blanket are pastries made of sausage wrapped in bacon or pastry (in a blanket). While the food is fairly old, the name “pigs in a blanket” was first mentioned in 1957, in the United Kingdom.
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40. Cream cheese, lemon, clam juice…

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  1. Toasted ravioli
  2. Hotdish
  3. Clam dip
  4. Breaded port tenderloin
Clam dip is a dipping sauce made using clam juice, cream cheese, lemon, and seasoning. The first televised recipe for the condiment aired in the early 1950s, and it has been a hit since then.
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41. Pie crust, cheese, heavy cream…

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  1. Turkey frittata
  2. Candied yams
  3. Snickerdoodle
  4. Quiche
Quiche is a French food consisting of a pastry filled with cheese, cream, and different meats, seafood, and vegetables.
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42. Gin, club soda, lemon juice…

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  1. Cosmopolitan
  2. Root beer
  3. Martini
  4. Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is a cocktail made using gin, carbonated water (like club soda), lemon or lime juice, and sugar. It was one of the more well-known drinks of the 1950s.
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43. Shrimp, white wine vinegar, creole mustard…

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  1. Surf 'n' Turf
  2. Shrimp remoulade
  3. Crab soup
  4. Spam musubi
Remoulade is a condiment invented in France. Shrimp remoulade is one of the more popular varieties and was commonly served in restaurants throughout the 50s and 60s.
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44. Cocoa powder, pitted cherries, whipping cream…

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  1. Funnel cake
  2. Black forest cake
  3. Genoise cake
  4. Frito pie
Black forest cake, or gâteau, is a chocolate sponge cake that has a cherry filling and a whipped cream topping.
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45. Dried split peas, ham bone, carrots…

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  1. Green chile stew
  2. Clam chowder
  3. Gazpacho
  4. Split pea soup
Split pea soup is made from dried split peas, carrots, and other ingredients (ham bone optional). In 1950, Betty Crocker came up with her own recipe, and it was an instant hit.
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46. Crab meat, cream cheese, wonton wrappers...

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  1. Crab salad
  2. Frito pie
  3. Crab rangoon
  4. Fried clam cakes
Crab rangoon, sometimes called crab puffs, are essentially dumplings filled with shrimp and a cream cheese paste. They first appeared on menus in the United States in 1956.
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47. Unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, cider vinegar...

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  1. Banana bread
  2. Parsley cake
  3. Wacky cake
  4. Angel food cake
Wacky cake, also known as depression cake, is a type of chocolate cake that got its name because of its strange ingredients. It has no eggs or milk! Instead, it has cider vinegar and kosher salt.
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48. Roasted chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs…

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  1. Cheese curds
  2. Herbed chicken parmesan
  3. Chicken croquettes
  4. Chicken and waffles
Chicken croquettes are small cylinders of food made of a mixture of chicken and a binder (like eggs). They are coated with breadcrumbs before being fried.
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49. Pretzels, mixed nuts, cheese crackers…

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  1. Chex mix
  2. Candy corn
  3. Chips and dip
  4. Cheetos
Chex (Party) Mix, which is sold by General Mills, was first advertised in 1952 as a recipe in a magazine. The original recipe included pretzels, mixed nuts, cheese crackers, and the company's Wheat Chex.
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50. Parmesan cheese, eggs, all-purpose flour…

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  1. Cheese soufflé
  2. Colcannon potatoes
  3. Deep-fried pickles
  4. Buttermilk biscuit
A soufflé is an egg-based dish that originated in 18th-century France. One of its many variations is the cheese soufflé, which is made using parmesan or Swiss cheese.
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