6 nostalgic dinner classics making a comeback

These nostalgic Aussie dinners bring back memories of childhood dinners with the family, and they're back on trend! There's meatloaf, classic Aussie sausage curry, golden lamb rissoles and more recipes we're bringing back to the table.

In partnership and featuring recipes from Rosella.

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6 nostalgic dinner classics

From the 70s and beyond, these Australian recipes have been around for decades, and they're making a serious comeback. We're ready to embrace all our childhood comfort foods like meatloaf, sausage curry and bangers and mash.

Meatloaf with Cheesy Mash Topping

 
Time: 1 hour 40 mins
Serves: 4-6
 
Arguably the best part of a slice of meatloaf is the sticky glaze, and this recipe adds a topping of crispy, cheesy mash too. A jar of trusty Rosella Fruit Chutney not only flavours the loaf to make it juicy and tasty, it also creates a beautifully shiny, rich glaze.
 
 

Sweet and Savoury Sausage Curry

GET THE RECIPE: Sweet and Savoury Sausage Curry

Time: 35 mins
Serves: 4
 
Curry powder, sausages and a good dose of fruit chutney. Yep, it’s the nostalgic sweet and savoury sausage curry you grew up with, one of the ultimate comfort foods.
 

Lamb Rissoles

 
Time: 55 mins, plus chilling time
Makes: 20 rissoles (great for batch cooking)
 
Every culture has their version of meatballs. In Italy they have polpette, in Greece they have keftedes, and in Australia we have rissoles. These juicy little spiced lamb patties can be cooked on the barbie or on the stovetop, don't forget the extra tomato sauce.
 

Chicken Chow Mein

GET THE RECIPE: Chicken Chow Mein

Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 serves

This classic Chinese takeaway dish harks back to the 70s and is just as popular now as ever. And it's no wonder, with chicken chunks, stir-fried noodles, cabbage and lots of saucy sweet chilli goodness - this recipe isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

 

Indian Chicken Curry and Rice Casserole

GET THE RECIPE: Indian Chicken Curry and Rice Casserole

Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

The addition of fruit chutney to this curry is what makes it so nostalgic. Creamy sweet-savoury curry topped with crispy rice will take you right back to childhood Indian takeaway dinners.

Bangers and Mash

GET THE RECIPE: Bangers and Mash Pie
 
Time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 4
 
Bangers and mash may as well be a certified Aussie staple. It's been given a tasty upgrade with a rich tomato sauce gravy and mashed potato topping. Bake it until golden and bubbling, it's like a warm hug in a bowl.
 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

 
No slow cooker? No worries, you can make this classic stew on the stove instead. This recipe is a tried and true favourite, with fruit chutney adding that special extra something that makes this stew so nostalgic.
 

Get cooking Australia

Check out these Rosella recipes and save them to your myfoodbook cookbooks so you always have the classics on hand. 
 
Rosella is a contributing recipe partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Rosella and our own opinions. You can find out more about the full range of Rosella products here.