13 Old-Fashioned Foods That Used to Be on Every Dinner Table

Some foods you could eat every day without getting bored. Other foods you can't imagine eating again. Sometimes we forget about these foods, even if we once thought they were delicious. Although these classic dinner foods aren't on our tables, we still love them. Here are some long-lost American foods.

Once a dinner table and diner staple, liver and onions is now rare. The British dish consists of liver slices and fried onions. Some delis sell only a pound of liver every two weeks, despite its former popularity. Some old-school diners still serve liver.

1. Liver and onions

TV dinners were once a staple on the dinner tableā€”or living room table or TV tray table. Swanson's 1950s ad campaign popularised frozen TV dinners. While grocery stores still sell TV dinners, some are gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan.

2. TV dinners

In the 1800s, turtles swam in a meaty broth, resulting in turtle soup. President Taft loved the gravy-like soup. In the 1960s, the soup's popularity waned, but it's still served regionally.

3. Turtle soup

Baked beans have been canned since the Civil War. After the Civil War, hot dogs or pork chunks were added to the dish, and it became a popular dinner. National Franks and Beans Day is July 13, even though it's no longer popular.

4. Franks-and-beans

Spam is popular in Hawaii but less so on the mainland. The canned, pre-cooked pork product gained popularity during World War II because it was affordable, accessible, and lasted longer than other meats. Since then, it's sold 8 billion cans worldwide. Spam is called "Hawaiian steak" in the Aloha Islands.

6. Spam

With so many options, everyone has a favourite casserole. The meal, named for the pan it's cooked and served in, has three main components: meat, vegetables, and starch. Casseroles became popular in the 1950s. Some varieties are still popular, especially green bean casserole, a holiday side dish.


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