It’s hard to imagine life without macaroni and cheese, pizza and french fries. But believe it or not, there was a time when life was bleak and people learned to cook without those options in their recipe “rolodex”. Thankfully, the 1970s were no such time. Though there were tons of delicious foods that gained lots of popularity during this era, there were also a few foods that would be best forgotten. A lot of the popular dishes are still in rotation today and have continued to capture the hearts of foodies over time. While the fashionistas were rocking bellbottoms and musicians were grooving to disco tunes, “foodies” were cooking up a storm. Check out this list capturing both the delectable and the disgusting flavors of the seventies!
1. Stuffed Vegetables: No, Mom wasn’t the inventor of that scrumptious stuffed pepper that was on the table for dinner. More than likely, she learned it in the seventies. Folks used vegetables as the base to hold other foods. Artichokes, peppers and tomatoes were the bowls for rice, pastas, soups and meats. While it is still a favorite among many today, many have adopted bread as a great holder as well.
2. Gel Molds: It’s safe to check this off in the “gross” category. Imagine pureed meat, gelatin, cream and stock in a bowl. Blend them together. At dinnertime, this was served chilled over ice. Thank goodness this isn’t the norm anymore. Pass!
3. Carrot Cake: No one should ever have to live life without experiencing the joys of carrot cake. This bakery favorite transforms the simple carrot into orange, fluffy goodness that is intertwined with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg flavors. When topped with a rich cream cheese frosting, carrot cake is a guaranteed mainstay in the hearts of all it’s consumers till the end of time.
4. Cheese logs: The question still remains as to why someone thought of taking soft cheese and molding it into a log as a good idea. Once the shape is created, the cheese was then doused in nuts, ham or pineapple. In all fairness, the seventies were about exploring the dimensions of food. Craft projects and food seemed to intertwine. Many of the desserts and cakes seemed to take shapes that were almost reminiscent of science fair projects. Nonetheless, the cheese log was really popular during this time.
5. Quiche: Take the cheese log, cut it up. Mix it in with eggs, seasonings and choice vegetables. Pour it into a pastry crust and bake for about 30-45 minutes. Voila! The quiche is born. Quiche continues to be a well-liked dish now but it was especially enjoyed during the seventies. One of the great parts about the favored quiche is that it can be made a million different ways. It’s versatility allows it to be a favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
6. Crepes: Ending on a good note, crepes are a delicious and equally versatile dish that can be made and enjoyed any time of day. During the seventies, many enjoyed the savory crepes filled with mushrooms, meats, vegetables, and creamy sauces. Crepes can also be delighted in while sweet with whipped creams, fruits and lots of confectioner’s sugar. Many stomachs continue to delight in the simple favorite that thrived during the popular era.
Article source: http://www.thekitchn.com/10-recipes-that-defined-the-1970s-200585