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7 Forgotten Dishes to Serve This Fall

Up your recipe game with these vintage-inspired options.
Ambrosia fruit salad

Some fall dishes, like pecan pie or pumpkin spice lattes, will probably never go out of style. But other once-popular dishes, like Jello-based "salads" or Sloppy Joes, have fallen by the wayside. And while some vintage dishes are forgotten for good reason—some of them aren't the healthiest, to say the least—there's still a place in our hearts for classic comfort foods.

If you're feeling nostalgic or are just bored with your go-to recipes, we've got you covered. Here are seven forgotten American dishes that are perfect for enjoying all season long.

And for more throwbacks, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

1

Cheese Ball

bagel chips with pistachio cranberry cheese spread
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Do you remember seeing a cheese ball on your grandparents' Thanksgiving table and wondering what it was? We have good news: Cheese balls are delicious, easy to make, and perfectly delicious all season long, not just at the holidays. We used pistachios, but you can try any type of nuts!

Get our recipe for a Pistachio and Cranberry Cheese Ball

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2

Chicken and Dumplings

Healthy chicken and dumplings
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you've never had this Southern dish before, you're in for a real treat. Chicken and dumplings are one of the best comfort meals out there, and our recipe uses simple, fresh ingredients.

Get our recipe for Chicken and Dumplings

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3

Sloppy Joes

Healthy turkey sloppy joes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Anything that has "sloppy" in the title is just plain fun to eat. Our version uses turkey and a homemade sauce for a healthier take on this vintage dinner.

Get our recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes

4

Deviled Eggs

numerous deviled egg combinations all on a marble counter
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Deviled eggs seem to have fallen out of style lately, and we're not sure why. They're way tastier than plain old hard-boiled eggs on their own! We have some fresh takes on this classic appetizer, like bacon-ranch deviled eggs and even one made with goat cheese.

Get our recipe for Deviled Eggs

5

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts with candied pecans

Ah, Brussels sprouts: the maligned vegetable hated by kids across America. But when you roast them with bacon or Parmesan cheese, Brussels sprouts can be delicious—we promise.

Get our recipes for Brussels Sprouts

6

Cranberry Sauce

healthy orange cranberry relish
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Why relegate the delicious taste of cranberries to Thanksgiving? Cranberry relish can be paired with chicken just as easily as it can with turkey, and it lends a sweet flavor to any dinner. Our recipe uses orange zest for an extra-tangy dressing.

Get our recipe for Cranberry-Orange Relish

7

Ambrosia Salad

ambrosia fruit salad in glass cup
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Yes, mixing marshmallows and canned fruit doesn't make for the healthiest dessert out there. But enjoyed in moderation, this vintage treat is a real pleasure. Try serving it on Halloween, Thanksgiving, or anytime!

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

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