Corn Flakes Top this 1950s Classic
Many home cooks in the 1950s were mad for the new convenience foods — canned this or powdered that. Although many of these items had become available earlier in the 20th century, they reached their zenith of popularity in the 50s.
The 1950s were also the decade of casseroles. “One-pot” recipes of the casserole persuasion have been around since mankind first invented cooking utensils, but people rediscovered them in the 1930s. And eventually people realized that many of those swell convenience foods — condensed soup in particular — worked well in casserole assembly.
Tuna Noodle Casserole was the quintessential 50s dish. It required boxed noodles! Canned soup! Canned tuna! Canned peas! And a topping of boxed cereal! How wonderful— you could make it without any fresh ingredients! Convenient, no?
And amazingly enough, it was also a pretty good dish.