11 Old Fashioned Recipes You Can Always Rely On

Remember that amazing dish your grandmother used to make? The one you always looked forward to eating during family dinners? Those classic recipes might be simple, but they’re tried and true, providing us with the same delicious and comforting flavors they did years ago. Here are eleven timeless recipes you can turn to any night of the week.

1. Olf Fashioned Hot Chocolate

A single mug on hot chocolate on a wood surface.
Photo Credit: The 1800’s Housewife.

It’s hard to get through the season without enjoying at least one cup of hot chocolate. This old-fashioned recipe is a wonderful way to ring in the season with a mug of deliciousness.

2. Classic Country Coleslaw

A green bowl filled with coleslaw, sitting on a countertop.
Photo Credit: Blackberry Babe.

This tangy coleslaw is the perfect side dish for BBQ or burgers, and it’s picnic-safe, too. This old-fashioned coleslaw recipe doesn’t use mayonnaise as part of the dressing, so you don’t have to worry about it spoiling without refrigeration as quickly. You are going to love this crunchy, tangy dish. 

3. Granny’s Fried Apple Pies

Hand pies on parchment paper. One has a bite removed.
Photo Credit: Southern Food And Fun.

When it comes to delicious food, Granny’s old-fashioned recipes can’t be beat, and that’s definitely true with these fried apple pies. Homemade dough with a filling made from dried apples that is fried until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm from the skillet with a dollop of ice cream for dessert perfection.

4. Hearty Marinara Sauce

A closeup of marinara in a pot with a wooden spoon.
Photo Credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

Why would you use a store-bought spaghetti sauce when you can make this hearty marinara sauce with ingredients straight out of your pantry? Yes, it will take about 30 minutes to simmer it down and let the flavors meld, but after you’ve tried this old-fashioned sauce, you’ll never buy sauce in a jar again.

5. Deviled Eggs

Clean Eating 3 Ingredient Deviled Eggs Recipe
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

While you’ve probably had, or even made, Devilied Eggs before, nobody makes them like grandma did. Why? These days, we add too much to our deviled eggs. The simpler you keep the ingredient list, the better they taste. This recipe is proof.

6. Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese

A square slice of lime jello salad on a white plate with some half lime slices.
Photo Credit: Glenda Embree.

If you have ever been to a church-social or family reunion, you have likely seen a similar salad before. This retro recipe was very popular in the 50s and 60s and still graces dinner tables today. This simple side dish comes together in minutes, and it’s always a hit with guests.

7. Strawberry Cottage Cheese Salad

A white casserole dish filled with cottage cheese salad and garnished with fresh strawberries.
Photo Credit: Glenda Embree.

This strawberry cottage cheese salad only takes four ingredients and a few minutes to make. Strawberry jello, whipped topping, cottage cheese, and strawberries are all you need. This creamy, lightly sweetened recipe can be served as a side dish or a simple dessert. 

8. Creamy Chicken and Noodles

A blue bowl filled with Chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes.
Photo Credit: Glenda Embree.

Sometimes, you just need a warm, homemade comfort food meal for dinner, and this recipe checks all of the boxes. Homemade chicken gravy with no canned soups and tender, juicy chicken chunks served hot over warm noodles. This is a meal the whole family will enjoy.

9. Traditional Scottish Oatmeal Rolls

Three Scottish Oatmeal Rolls on a plate with a casserole dish filled with them sitting behind it.
Photo Credit: The Buttered Home.

The recipe for these delicious Scottish dinner rolls is centuries old. Yes, you read that correctly, centuries. If it’s been around that long, it just has to be good, right? Made with oatmeal, yeast, and flour, these rolls are perfect for dinner served fresh out of the oven with a little pat of butter. 

10. Peanut Butter Bread 

Two slices of peanut butter bread on a cutting board.
Photo Credit: An Off Grid Life.

This recipe for peanut butter bread is straight from the Great Depression. Made with pantry ingredients and a single bowl, this bread was often served for breakfast or a snack. Packed with protein and yummy flavors, it’s easy to see why this recipe is still popular today! 

11. Old Fashioned Caramel Candy

A closeup of a pile of caramel candy.
Photo Credit: Masala Herb.

This old-fashioned caramel candy is made with just two ingredients: milk and sugar. Once you have brought them to a boil, they will begin to reduce, turning to a thick consistency and caramel color. These simple candies are perfect for the holidays or anytime you want a sweet homemade treat.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

A dutch oven with a cooked whole chicken topped with rosemary twigs.
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

A skillet filled with ground turkey, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado and garnished with fresh parsley.
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

An overhead view of a small canning jar filled with overnight oats with raisins.
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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