Holiday Appetizers Through the Decades | 1950s Dips for Chips
The 1950′s was the poodle-skirt decade, marked by rock and roll music and the shift from radio to television. While the Korean War kept things from being too jolly, the holiday season got back on track after the lean WWII years. Tinsel-laden trees hid wrapped Ginny Dolls and Matchbox cars underneath, while after the Christmas dinner the new home slideshow projector showed family photos before heading to bed to wait for Santa.
On the food front, convenience foods continued to be popular during the 50′s, like the TV dinner to go along with the new TV set, and the rise of hamburger chains like MacDonald’s dotting the nation’s rapidly developing national highway system. Casserole-style meals from tuna noodle to tater tot were all the rage (often thanks to condensed soup), with frozen vegetables to keep things “healthy.” Onion soup mix dip was a party hit (and still is today) at backyard barbeques and holiday parties, and molded gelatin salads glistened on beds of lettuce.
We found an article in April 1955 celebrating all things Dips — “Dips for Chips” to be exact. With the holiday season coming up (not to mention the current football season), we know dips are a big part of any party appetizer spread.
It was tough to choose which ones on longtime food editor Nancy Dixon’s list to make (“for before-show parties, after-eight Scrabble nibbling, or TV-tidbits”), but I settled on Confetti Dip, Plaza Dip, and Sharp Dip…then got to work! You’ll be able to view, save, and print the individual recipes at the end should any of them tickle your fancy.
Confetti Dip was first. It had an interesting preparation method — beaten eggs were combined with sugar and vinegar, then slowly cooked over a pot of boiling water until thickened. The mixture was then beaten with cream cheese and a little butter to form what looked remarkably like cake batter.
Then the chopped onion, red pepper, and green pepper joined the party.