10 Vintage Casserole Recipes Grandma Won’t Tell You

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When I think of delicious food, I always think about those delicious home-cooked meals my Grandmother makes. She has a special talent for taking the simplest ingredients and making something uniquely delicious. For a lot of her dinnertime staples she doesn’t even use a recipe because she’s had so much practice making them. It is a talent that I have apparently not inherited…whenever I attempt to go “off book” as they say, the results are usually not good.

I don’t know about you, but I think Grandmothers get a kick out of cultivating an air of mystery in regards to their special recipes. Whenever I’ve asked for one of her old-fashioned recipes, my Grandma just looks at me incredulously and gives measurements like “a little of this and a little of that” and finishes off with “and that’s all there is to it!” Even when she’s given me recipes that have been written down, the results just aren’t the same. While diligently decoding her handwriting, following each step to the letter, the casseroles I make never taste quite the same.

Just in case you never got a hold of your Grandmother’s recipes, here are 10 recipes to satisfy your craving for an old-fashioned recipe. For those of us not blessed with the talent of guessing measurements, these easy casserole recipes will help you recreate some of your favorite Grandma-approved recipes.

Recipes Grandma Won't Tell You

10 Vintage Casserole Recipes Grandma Won’t Tell You


Grandma's Heirloom Country Chicken Casserole

Grandma’s Heirloom Country Chicken Casserole – (shown) Cheesy, potato-y, and kicked up a notch with French onions, Grandma will be asking you for this recipe!

Great Grandma’s Classic Cobbler – With just a few common ingredients you probably have, you can make this simple cobbler. Not so mysterious after all.

Grandma Betty’s Crunchy Chicken Casserole – Even if your grandma’s name isn’t Betty, you can still pretend like she gave you this easy casserole recipe.

Grandmama's Corn Pudding

Grandmama’s Corn Pudding – (pictured) Grandmama knows best! This might just be the best corn pudding you’ve ever had.

Grandma’s Spaghetti and Cheese Dish – Who would’ve guessed that spaghetti and cheese could make such a delicious casserole? Grandma. Grandma knew all along!

Grandma’s 3-Ingredient Cauliflower Bake – Leave it to Grandma to make such a tasty side dish with just 3 ingredients.

Grandma's Hello Dollies

Grandma’s Hello Dollies – (pictured) Hello delicious dessert! It’s no wonder Grandma has been hiding this recipe for all these years…

Grandma’s Creamy Potato Bake with Ham – Take some advice from Grandma and use up that leftover ham! Don’t let it go to waste.

Grandma’s Chicken Pasta Casserole – This amazing casserole recipe is the perfect blend of cheese and chicken. Yum.

Stouffer’s Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Casserole Copycat – It doesn’t get any more comforting than this. You’ll want to recreate this vintage recipe every night of the week.


What’s the best thing your Grandma ever made?


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  1. Patricia says

    My Grandma made hoe cakes in an old gas stove. With butter melting into all the nooks and crannys, oh my, what memories.

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