8 Vintage Recipes from the ’40s Worth Trying Today

Deviled eggs were a popular appetizer during the 1940s and remain a beloved classic today. Mix hard-boiled egg yolks with mayonnaise.

Deviled Eggs:

Meatloaf was a staple dish during the 1940s and is still enjoyed by many today. Combine ground beef with breadcrumbs, egg, onion, and seasonings,


This comforting casserole dish combines canned tuna, cooked noodles, cream of mushroom soup, peas, and cheese, topped with breadcrumbs and baked until bubbly.

Tuna Noodle Casserole:

Potato salad was a popular side dish in the 1940s and remains a favorite for picnics and barbecues today. Mix boiled potatoes with mayonnaise,

Potato Salad:

This classic dessert features a layer of caramelized pineapple slices and maraschino cherries on the bottom of a cake pan,

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake:

Gelatin salads were a popular dish in the 1940s, often featuring ingredients like canned fruit, marshmallows, and nuts suspended in colorful gelatin.

Jell-O Salad:

During World War II, Spam was a widely available and affordable meat product. Spam and cheese sandwiches were a popular lunch.

Spam and Cheese Sandwiches:

This chocolate cake recipe gained popularity in the 1940s and often featured Coca-Cola as one of the ingredients. The soda adds moisture and flavor to the cake,

Coca-Cola Cake: