The Most Under-Appreciated Recipes of the 1990s: Food Writers Share Their Secret Favorites

The Most Under-Appreciated Recipes of the 1990s: Food Writers Share Their Secret Favorites

Anjali Prasertong
Feb 27, 2014
(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Molten Chocolate Cake

This week we are talking about the recipes that defined the decades, those dishes that may no longer be popular, but that still hold a special place in our hearts (and bellies). We've covered all the hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and today we are shining a light on a few favorite 1990s recipes that are about as cool as the collection of velvet chokers I had circa 1993.

But let the cool kids laugh; we'll be too busy eating our molten chocolate cakes, pizza bagels and BBQ chicken pizzas to pay them any mind, right?

Molten Chocolate Cake was an under-baked chocolate cake whose puddinglike center oozed out when you cut into it. Sounds kind of gross right? You are correct. — Amanda Hesser, co-founder of Food52 and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook

Warm, fried goat cheese rounds on every salad in the 1990s. I see it less and less these days except in hotels. — Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique

I still love Fusion Pizzas, like Thai-inspired pizza with peanut sauce, shaved carrots, bean sprouts and tons of cilantro. Same with BBQ Chicken Pizza! I now make these at home on brown rice tortillas with way less cheese and more vegetables. And as much as I enjoy L.A.'s authentic street tacos made from fresh masa pressed to order and warmed on a plancha, I still crave the Hard Shell Tacos I grew up eating on "Taco Night." — Lydia Howerton of Apples & Onions

(Image credit: Nealey Dozier)

Baked Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

I wrote an ode to the 1990s and sun-dried tomatoes. I could totally do a new one now that I have a direct line to the good stuff. — Danielle Oteri, founder of Feast on History

There's one dish from the 90s that I still crave: Chinese Chicken Salad. — Jill Silverman Hough, author of The Clean Plates Cookbook

Before I knew anything about regional Mexican cuisine, or Tex-Mex for that matter, fajitas were a special weekends-only treat. Generously portioned and served sizzlin', these platters of steak, bell peppers and onions paired with steamy flour tortillas were nothing short of awesome, especially for this seven year old. I often think about heading over to my local Chilis and giving it another go. This time with a margarita. — Cathy Chaplin, author of Food Lovers' Guide to Los Angeles

(Image credit: Nealey Dozier)

Blackened Chicken with Creamy Angel Hair Pasta

I still die for a perfect Caesar Salad: cheesy, garlicky, lots of cracked pepper with super crunchy romaine lettuce. Extra bonus 90s points for adding a Blackened Chicken Breast on top. Cajun seasoning was such a hit back then and I still love it today. And I still crave the Pizza Bagels mom would make as an easy weeknight dinner using our toaster oven. I remember the little foil-wrapped tray that could only fit one bagel at a time! — Sarah Simms Hendrix of La Femme Epicure

What are your favorite under-appreciated recipes of the 1990s?

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