The ’80s ushered in lots of snack foods and drinks that are still incredibly popular today: Cool Ranch Doritos, Fruit Roll-Ups, Diet Coke. It was also a golden age for food commercials; who can forget the dancing California Raisins, Michael Jackson hawking Pepsi, or the “Where’s the beef?” lady?
Food Nostalgia: 40 Popular 80’s recipes. 1 1. Sloppy Joe’s: I make these occasionally and to get my kids to eat them, I call them Crabby Patties. My mom made them when I was a kid using a 2 2. Bread bowl with dip: 3 3. Tri-colored pasta salad: 4 4. French onion soup meatloaf (Lipton): 5 5. Chef boy Ardee pizza kit: More items
The latter kicked off some trends that are alive and well today (think sushi, quiche, and pesto). Put on your neon leg warmers and reminisce on these iconic home-cooked staples and restaurant staples from the 1980s. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest food news and recipes delivered straight to your inbox.
There were many fads during the 1980s, in fashion, in music and in films. Food was no exception. Some things just really seemed to take off in the 1980s.
What were the drinks of the 80s?
Another brightly coloured ’80s drink, wine coolers were a sweet, pre-bottled drink made from wine and fruit juice. They were a particular hit with young people, with popular flavours including peach, passion fruit, lemon and berry, but by the ’90s they had been replaced by stronger, spirit-based coolers.
Before the ’80s, pizza toppings were pretty limited. Pepperoni, sausage, onions and peppers were usually your only options. But in California, pizzas were having something of a renaissance, thanks in large part to Ed LaDou, pizza chef at Wolfgang Puck ’s Italian restaurant Spago.
It seems like pasta salads have been around forever, but in the ’80s they were still new and exciting. While it may have been less luxurious than a vol au vent, the pasta salad was still glamorous in its own way. It could include exotic ingredients like olives, tri-colour pasta, and salad dressing. America was just beginning to discover vinaigrettes and dressings in the ’80s, and salads with raspberry vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing were the sign of a modern and sophisticated home cook.
The ’80s also saw a huge fitness craze, making it the perfect time to introduce a low-calorie alternative to ice cream. Frozen yoghurt franchises set up all over the country, and by 1986 the industry was already worth $25 million. Customers flocked to try this virtually fat free ice-cream alternative, and the craze continued well into the ’90s.
A comforting all-American classic, the sloppy Joe sandwich was a staple in many ’80s homes. Made from ground beef with onions, ketchup and Worcester sauce, it wasn’t the daintiest dish on the menu, but the combination of savoury beef and onion, sweet ketchup and umami-rich Worcestershire sauce was just irresistible. These days sloppy Joes are as popular as ever, with many popular variations, including sloppy Joe fries, sloppy Joe nachos and sloppy Joe pizza (also known as sloppy Giuseppe).
What soup was used in the 80s?
Many families in the 80’s used Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup for their Beef Stroganoff. or some made Hamburger Helper. You can use ground beef or meatballs in your stroganoff.
And there are a lot of new ideas to use various foods other than bread as the “bowl”. For example, peppers, egg plant, pumpkins (and various squashes), tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, cucumber, biscuits, etc.
Our family used Knorr Vegetable Mix to make dip and we usually used Pumpernickel or Rye bread. But we would always have other breads and various crackers served with it. Now tons of foods such as soup, stew, chili, eggs and various pasta dishes are served in bread bowls.
2 tablespoons brown sugar. 2 tablespoons gochujang (optional or 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1 teaspoon cumin) 1 (19 ounce) can kidney beans (optional) salt and pepper to taste. 4+ hamburger buns. Brown the ground beef in a large pan and set aside. Heat the oil in the pan.
What were the flavors of the 1980s?
This was a crazy combo of industrial white wine, carbonated water, and some weird flavor. In the 1980s, these flavors included berry, citrus, and apple. They were tasty, colorful, and cheap, which was perfect for the decade. Who cared about sophistication?#N#Sushi
For those who actually cared about looking sophisticated, sushi was the “cool” food for the elite. That’s why the Molly Ringwald character in The Breakfast Club brought sushi to school for lunch. The fad started in New York, and by the end of the decade it became common among the middle-class as well.
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