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49 Recipes from the ’80s Worth Trying Today

From deep-dish pizza to pudding pops, the 1980s served up flavor (and fun). Dig into this totally awesome decade with dishes that stood the test of time.

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Baked Spinach Dip LoafTaste of Home

Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

People couldn’t get enough spinach dip in the ’80s… or bread bowls for that matter. Put them together and you get this popular party dish that’s still a hit today!

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Pizza RollsTaste of Home

Pizza rolls

Frozen pizza rolls were a staple in everyone’s home years ago. This recipe kicks them up a notch or two.

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Tater Tot CasserolesTaste of Home

Tater Tot Casseroles

This meal-in-one has truly stood the test of time! Between a love for casseroles, easy meals, and tater tots (of course), this savory entree was a no-brainer in the ’80s. Everyone still craves it today! Find out 10 cooking tricks you’ll only learn in culinary school.

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Peanut Butter Kiss CookiesTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

These fantastic bites have been popular for decades, and people still devour them!
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Deluxe Baked Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

Deluxe Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I’ve been cooking and baking for many years, but I’ve only recently begun creating my own recipes. By adding diced ham, tomatoes, several cheeses, and a hint of Dijon mustard, I turned this super creamy mac and cheese into the ultimate comfort food. —Kathy Yarosh, Apopka, Florida

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Wheely-Good Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

Pasta salad was huge in the ’80s, and this recipe changes up the flavors, textures, and pasta we’ve all become used to. Give it a try!
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Zesty Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Zesty Sloppy Joes

For a big family gathering, these sandwiches are a hit. I have never served them without getting recipe requests. A fantastic blend of seasonings in a classic sandwich means no one can eat just one. —Sandy Abrams, Greenville, New York.
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California Sushi RollsTaste of Home

California Sushi Rolls

Sushi became a fad in the ’80s that’s happily stuck with us today. This recipe shows you how to surprise your gang with sushi you’ve created yourself.
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Fresh Lime MargaritasTaste of Home

Fresh Lime Margaritas

This basic margarita recipe is easy to modify to your tastes. Try it frozen or with strawberries.
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Pepperoni Pizza BakeTaste of Home

Pepperoni Pizza Bake

I rely on this one-dish wonder on nights my husband works late or our children have after-school activities. It’s a life saver! —Catherine Yeats, Lewiston, Idaho. Make sure you’re not making these cooking mistakes that ruin food.
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Frozen Yogurt Fruit PopsTaste of Home

Frozen Yogurt Fruit Pops

My grandson, Patrick, who’s now in high school, was “Grammy’s helper” for years. We made these frozen pops for company and everyone, including the adults, loved them. They’re delicious and good for you! —June Dickenson, Philippi, West Virginia. Watching your blood sugar? Find out 18 diabetic-friendly comfort foods.

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Appetizer Blue Cheese LogsTaste of Home

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Three kinds of cheese and some curry powder make this cheese log a little more lively than most. Swipe it on your favorite cracker with a drizzle of honey for a sensational snack. —Ethel Johnson, North Saanich, British Columbia
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Nut-Licious Peanut Butter BarsTaste of Home

Nut-Licious Peanut Butter Bars

My friends were astonished to find out these bars were not button-busting. We nicknamed them bamboozled bars! —Hannah Wolters, Culleoka, Tennessee
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Iced CoffeeTaste of Home

Iced Coffee

When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I didn’t think I’d like it. Not only did I like it, I decided I could learn how to make iced coffee on my own. My fast-to-fix version is a refreshing alternative to hot java. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota.

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De-Lightful Tuna Casserole

This mild, homemade tuna casserole will truly satisfy your family’s craving for comfort food without all the fat! —Colleen Willey, Hamburg, New York. Find out the 10 comfort foods chefs cook at home.
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Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

My husband and I tried to duplicate the pizza from a popular Chicago restaurant, and I think our recipe turned out even better. The secret is baking it in a cast-iron skillet! —Lynn Hamilton, Naperville, Illinois
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Cajun Shrimp SkilletTaste of Home

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

>There’s plenty of sauce with these shrimp—I always have some bread on the side to soak it up. Make it your own by using your favorite amber beer or flavorful broth. —Mark Oppe, North Pole, Alaska
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Strawberry Poppy Seed DressingTaste of Home

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

In the wonderful world of vinegars, strawberry is the new raspberry, giving you a fresh way to put those ruby-red gems to good use. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

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Tortellini Caesar SaladTaste of Home

Tortellini Caesar Salad

This salad was served at a dear friend’s baby shower by a health-conscious friend, who suggested the dressing be prepared with low-fat or fat-free ingredients. Either way, the creamy dressing has plenty of garlic flavor and coats the pasta, romaine, and croutons nicely. —Tammy Steenbock, Sembach Air Base, Germany. Here are 12 healthy salad recipes that make life exciting again.
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Chicken NachosTaste of Home

Chicken Nachos

It’s hard to remember a time when tortillas chips were “new.” Back in the ’80s, the chips were hitting store shelves and family cooks used them in all sorts of recipes. Nachos still remain an all-time classic.
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Blackened Catfish with Mango Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Blackened Catfish with Mango Avocado Salsa

America was all about foods that were spiced up and “blackened” back in the ’80s. This catfish is just as popular today as it was back then.
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Raisin-Filled Pumpkin Spice Bread

Years ago, I got this recipe from one of the best cooks in our church. Freeze a few loaves to have on hand when a friend or neighbor needs a pick-me-up. —Martha Sue Stroud, Clarksville, Texas. Here are 12 quick breakfast ideas.

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My Best-Ever JambalayaTaste of Home

My Best-Ever Jambalaya

I tried to mimic Jambalaya from my favorite restaurant and it turned out so well my daughter and husband now prefer my recipe and won’t order it when we go to the restaurant! —Alexis Van Vulpen, St. Albert, Alberta. Find out the cooking mistakes that can make your food toxic.
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Light & Creamy Chocolate PuddingTaste of Home

Light & Creamy Chocolate Pudding

This pudding is exactly what its name promises—light and creamy. Because it uses soy milk, it’s a smart choice if you’re lactose intolerant. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona
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Summer Chicken Salad with Raspberry VinaigretteTaste of Home

Summer Chicken Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

This best-of-the-season salad is guaranteed to be a hit! It’s piled high with fresh fruits and veggies, chicken and greens, drizzled with a tasty raspberry vinaigrette—and simply delicious. —Heidi Farnworth, Riverton, Utah
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Turkey Scallopini with Marsala SauceTaste of Home

Turkey Scallopini with Marsala Sauce

My family requests this entree at least once a month. The slightly sweet Marsala sauce is yummy over the turkey slices and hot cooked noodles. —Briana Knight, Ferndale, Washington. Don’t miss these brilliant kitchen shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner.
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Sparkling Kiwi LemonadeTaste of Home

Sparking Kiwi Lemonade

Keep some kiwi ice cubes in the freezer so they’re ready whenever you crave a tall glass of this dressed-up summertime favorite. —Emily Seidel, Ainsworth, Nebraska
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Chili con Queso El DoradoTaste of Home

Chili con Queso El Dorado

Used as a dip or a sauce on burgers, chicken or pork, this creamy queso is spiced with chilies, chipotle peppers, and hot pepper sauce. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
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Cranberry Sweet-and-Sour PorkTaste of Home

Cranberry Sweet-and-Sour Pork

Asian fusion was a yummy food trend of the ’80s. Combine it with chicken nuggets that were a big hit then and you have this must-try entree.
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Refried Bean-Taco PizzaTaste of Home

Refried Bean-Taco Pizza

Family dinners were forever changed when pre-baked pizza crusts hit the market in the ’80s. The crust makes this change-of-pace meal a snap. Here are 15 easy Mexican appetizers anyone can make.
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Tomato Pesto TartTaste of Home

Tomato Pesto Tart

Pesto became a fast fix in the 1980s for busy home cooks. This impressive tart features that kitchen staple deliciously.
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Artichoke Blue Cheese FettuccineTaste of Home

Artichoke Blue Cheese Fettucine

Store-bought Alfredo sauce speeds along this flavorful, meatless entree. I use dry pasta, but you can use refrigerated fettuccine to make this recipe even faster. —Jolanthe Erb, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Mini Brownie TreatsTaste of Home

Mint Brownie Treats

I like to take these quick-and-easy treats to potlucks and family gatherings. They disappear quickly! —Pam Kokes, North Loup, Nebraska. Don’t miss these reasons you should eat dessert every day.
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Potluck Taco SaladTaste of Home

Potluck Taco Salad

I found this recipe in an old school cookbook, and I’ve taken it to many potlucks since then. The layers look so pretty in a glass bowl. —Sandy Fynaardt, New Sharon, Iowa
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Big Kahuna PizzaTaste of Home

Big Kahuna Pizza

A prebaked pizza crust and refrigerated barbecued pork make this tasty supper idea super-fast and super-easy. Cut into bite-sized pieces, and it can double as a great last-minute appetizer, too! —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California.
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Sun-Dried Tomato Garlic BreadTaste of Home

Sun-Dried Tomato Garlic Bread

This fast bread recipe tastes terrific with a variety of main courses. It comes together in minutes and is easy enough for a weekday, but special enough for a weekend meal with guests. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio
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Cheeseburger 'n' Fries CasseroleTaste of Home

Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole

Kids love this casserole because it combines two of their favorite fast foods. And I like the fact that I can whip it up with just four ingredients. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana. Here are more amazing burger recipes.
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Warm Crab & Spinach DipTaste of Home

Warm Crab & Spinach Dip

In Maryland, we stayed at a hotel that sent guests home with a crab dip recipe and a spice pouch. Now I’ve made my own dip that rekindles memories of that trip. —Kristina Wenner, Jamison, Pennsylvania. Here are 36 delicious fish recipes for busy weeknights.
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Bacon and Fontina Stuffed MushroomsTaste of Home

Bacon and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms

What’s better than lots of bacon and cheese in a mushroom cap? Yum! They’ll be a hit with your guests, too. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
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Party Pesto PinwheelsTaste of Home

Party Pesto Pinwheel

I took a couple of my favorite recipes and combined them into these delicious hors d’oeuvres. The colorful and impressive snacks come together easily with refrigerated crescent roll dough, prepared pesto sauce and a jar of roasted red peppers. —Kathleen Farrell, Rochester, New York.
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Birthday Cake Freezer PopsTaste of Home

Birthday Cake Freezer Pops

On my quest to find birthday cake ice cream—my favorite flavor—I came up with these easy ice pops. Now, instead of going to the store whenever a craving hits, I just head to my freezer. —Dawn Lopez, Westerly, Rhode Island
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Creole Blackened ChickenTaste of Home

Creole Blackened Chicken

I love blackened chicken and was thrilled when I discovered I could cook it at home. I adjusted an old recipe, making it spicier to fit my taste. If you prefer milder flavors, simply omit or reduce the cayenne pepper. —Lauren Hardy, Jacksonville, Florida
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Peanut Butter Candy BarkTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Candy Bark

My kids and I wanted to make a treat using the beautiful colors of fall and some candy that’s special for Halloween. Let the kids customize by using their favorite candies and cookies.—Peggie Brott, Carthage, New York
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Layered Mediterranean Dip with Pita ChipsTaste of Home

Layered Mediterranean Dip with Pita Chips

Not your ordinary layer dip, the bold combination of hummus and Greek yogurt will be a new most-requested recipe at your next baby shower or gathering. —Elizabeth Dumont, Boulder, Colorado. Still hungry? Find out 16 avocado recipes that will make your mouth water.
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Asian Chicken Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Packed with veggies, chicken, pasta and just the right amount of heat, this main-dish salad is definitely special. —Nicole Filizetti, Jacksonville, Florida.
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Raisin Bran Muffin MixTaste of Home

Raisin Bran Muffin Mix

My husband likes to take muffins to work. And with this mix in my pantry, I can have muffins ready in minutes. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Chicken with Cherry Wine SauceTaste of Home

Chicken with Cherry Wine Sauce

My dad’s a chef, so I learned to cook at an early age. This saucy chicken was the first dish I made by myself. —Ben Diaz, Azusa, California
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Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese SpreadTaste of Home

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

This simple spread combines sweet and savory sun-dried tomatoes, tangy goat cheese, and fresh herbs to make a truly magnificent spread. This flavorful spread is perfect with a glass of red wine.—Sarah Agrella, Mountain View, California
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Kids' SushiTaste of Home

Kids’ Sushi

Combine a love of sushi with fruity roll-up candy and you have this fun nod to the ’80s. Next, here are 35 recipes everyone should know by the time they’re 35.

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