Dishes most popular in the year you were born

Dishes most popular in the year you were born


Wondering what dish to make a loved one for their birthday? Go back in time with something invented or made popular the year you (or they) were born. There’s pretty much an equal chance of it being delicious or bizarre, as this roster of recipes and fast-food creations proves.




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Or Spam ‘n’ anything, to be honest. Though invented in 1937, the wartime staple was taken to new heights when rationing ended, with home cooks adding all kinds of flourishes. Baked Spam, Spam fritters and hot Spam-wiches were popular recipes. As was Spam ‘n’ pancakes, as this 1948 ad shows.




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This sticky, sweet dessert was invented at legendary New Orleans restaurant Brennan’s, and it’s still a staple on the menu today (and in home kitchens around the world). Bananas are added to a sauce of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, doused with rum, then flambéed.




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Wheat Chex cereal came along in the 1930s, but it somehow took two decades for this mixed-up snack to follow. The company released ads with recipes for Party Mix (later switching the name to Chex Mix) in the 1950s. The snack is made from different Chex cereals mixed with butter, salt, nuts and Worcestershire sauce, then baked in the oven.




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This sandwich filler and baked-spud topper is made with chicken and sultanas smothered in creamy, curry-flavored sauce – and for those who like the delicately spicy, herby taste, it’s comfortingly nostalgic. It was created for Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation banquet in 1953.




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What could be a better way to impress party or dinner guests than processed cheese spread on crackers? Processed cheese spread on crackers topped with pickled onions and olives, that’s what. As demonstrated in this 1956 ad, Kraft’s processed cheese in a jar really was a lifesaver.




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Burger King’s piled-high fast food creation actually pre-dates the Big Mac by 10 years. With a flame-grilled beef patty, thick slices of tomato and onion, crisp lettuce, pickles and mayo in a sesame seed bun, it has been a go-to order pretty much ever since.




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We’re not claiming UK beach resort Butlin’s invented chop suey, the stir-fried combo of meat, egg and vegetables that’s actually believed to originate from New York in 1896. But the dish’s inclusion on the holiday camps’ menus in 1958 cemented it as a British favorite that’s still on many people’s roster of quick, easy suppers today.




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It simply wasn’t a British birthday party without an Arctic roll, the sliceable ice cream cake of sponge wrapped around vanilla ice cream and jelly. It was invented by Dr Ernest Velden, a Czech who immigrated to the UK. It became the familiar Birds Eye treat after the company purchased Velden’s Eastbourne ice cream factory.




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Pubs were a huge part of Britain’s food scene in the 1950s and 1960s, and this classic plateless dish is widely held to have been invented by the then-landlord of the Mill Inn in Withington, Gloucestershire. The Cotswolds-born dish, where chicken legs were battered, deep-fried and served in a wicker or plastic basket with fries, became the iconic pub grub of the decade.




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Breakfast that feels more like dessert? Yes please. Every kid’s favorite morning and afternoon snack, Pop Tarts were sold unfrosted when they were first released. Thankfully the extra layer of sugar was added three years later when it was established it wouldn’t melt off in the toaster. Make ours a blueberry.




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This cake launched millions of bundt pan recipes (made in the distinctive ring-shaped molds) when it won the long-running American Pillsbury Bake-Off contest in 1966. The butter, sugar, cocoa and nuts in the mix form a tunnel of oozy fudge through the cake as it bakes.




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Sometimes it’s easy to imagine this entire decade came in a can (or fast food wrapper). Fray Bentos pies required cooks only to pull back the lid and stick them in the oven. They’re still sold in Britain, enjoyed “fresh” from the tin they’re cooked in.




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Anyone hailing from 1970 can dine out on the fact that Britain’s favorite dish was born the same year (probably). Ali Ahmed Aslam, of Glasgow’s Shish Mahal curry house, emptied a can of tomato soup over a chicken tikka dish after a customer complained it was “too dry”. With yogurt and some extra spices, it was an instant hit.




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Fro-yo had a huge boom in the 1970s, proving particularly popular with calorie counters looking for a lower-fat alternative to ice cream. Yogurt itself has a long past stretching back around 5,000 years, but of course there were no freezers back then. It’s believed an employee of HP Hood Dairy, in Lynnfield, Massachusetts invented “frogurt” by passing the unfrozen stuff through a soft-serve ice cream machine.




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Whoever came up with the idea of threading chunks of cheese, pineapple, olives and other random foodstuffs onto cocktail sticks and skewering them into a baked potato (or halved pineapple) must have been some kind of genius, because the resulting “hedgehog” is the ultimate throwback party snack. A nostalgic treat for Brits, it’s the best kind of sweet and savory pairing.




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Powdered mashed potato could have been a hard sell. Why not just mash some potatoes? Then came the Smash Martians, who chuckled at “primitive” humans for peeling spuds, boiling them and “smashing them to bits”. It’s still counted among the best British ads of all time.




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Our love affair with pasta grew even stronger in the 1970s and it has never really gone away. While similar dishes had long existed in Italy, the recipe for pasta primavera – spaghetti with creamy white sauce and seasonal veg – was credited to legendary New York restaurant Le Cirque.




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The UK and the USA reached peak fondue in the mid-1970s thanks to the popularity of skiing holidays in France and Switzerland, the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the launch of home fondue sets. Serving a pot of gooey cheese thinned with wine and mustard, with bread cubes and potatoes to dip in, was a sure-fire way to impress dinner guests.




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Yep, the favorite of students, office workers and builders has been satisfying savory cravings through four decades after being launched by Golden Wonder in 1977. Momofuku Ando invented instant noodles in 1958 but it was these foil-topped cardboard pots that captured the British imagination. Stick the kettle on!




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Stuffing stuff in peppers wasn’t new, but the late 1970s brought increased interest in vegetarian dishes. The red, green and yellow fruits were perfect, piquant vehicles for rice mixed with herbs, chopped up veg and that other veggie staple, goats’ cheese.




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Was it even a barbecue without a pasta salad drenched in a mouth-puckering amount of vinaigrette? Was it even a pasta salad if the pasta was just one color? In 1980, at least, the answer to both of these questions was a firm (or al dente) “no”.




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Nestlé brand Stouffer’s launched Lean Cuisine in the US and Canada in 1981, cleverly tapping into the decade’s slimming obsession. The range, still going strong worldwide, debuted with delights like zucchini lasagna and vegetables with rice.




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This was a many-layered decade. So much so that even the dips couldn’t be left to themselves. No, they had to be piled one on top of the other. The seven-layer dip, still an essential for sports-viewing parties, was a stripy combo of refried beans, sour cream, salsa, scallions, guacamole, tomatoes or olives, and grated cheese.




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If you think Micro Chips don’t count as a “dish”, you’ve clearly never experienced the joy of sitting in front of the TV with a slightly soggy box, still warm from the microwave, and tucked into string fries doused in salt, vinegar and ketchup. They’re still available (in the UK at least), renamed as Quick Chips.




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Fans of the supersize, sewer-dwelling turtles might remember this one – whether they actually ever got to taste it or just constantly nagged their parents to buy it. The full-size pizzas had your standard pepperoni and extra cheese toppings. But the mini slices had green crusts and were topped with apple.




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Everyone’s favorite triangular snack (unless you’re a Dairylea fan) has been around since 1972, but this cheesy, crunchy number took them to the dinner table. Usually made with canned cream of chicken soup, cooked chicken, salsa, Nacho Cheese Doritos and more cheese on top, it’s the 1990s version of the tuna noodle casserole.




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Lovely Linda made being a vegetarian so much easier when she launched her range of frozen, meat-free meals, from cottage pie to sausages. Lasagna’s usual ground beef was replaced with textured vegetable protein layered with béchamel sauce and cheese.




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If you were anywhere in the 1990s, just reading those two words probably set one of the most catchy and annoying advertising jingles playing through your mind in a loop. Sorry about that. The sauces ranged from creamy Country French to Spanish Chicken and were a simple supper staple for everyone from students to families.




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The 1990s’ answer to nouvelle cuisine, whose teeny-tiny portions left stomachs grumbling through the 1980s, was tall food – piling anything from salads to pies to vertiginous new heights. Sandwiches were the easiest to layer and suddenly three slices of bread just weren’t sufficient.




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Food scientist Patty Scheibmeir came up with Pizza Hut’s stuffed-crust number. Despite conflicting claims, she is credited with being the first to find a way to get even more cheese into a pizza – and, perhaps, encourage children to eat their crusts.




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