1950s Recipes: Cheese Dishes

Cheese took a long time to recover from rationing. During the 1950s, only mild cheddar nicknamed “Government Cheese” was available, so dishes like macaroni cheese were a special treat.

Have you tried these recipes?

Seafood Macaroni Cheese

  • 1 lb of cooked fish
  • ¼ lb macaroni
  • 1 ½ oz of grated cheese
  • ½ oz butter
  • Pepper and salt
  • ¼ pint of white sauce

Hot, savoury, delicious – try macaroni cheese for tomorrow’s dinner and see how everybody likes it.

Remove skin and bone from the fish and separate into flakes. Place the macaroni in boiling salted water and boil for 20 minutes. Drain well. Make white sauce, add 1 oz grated cheese, then the fish and macaroni, and mix well together.

Turn the mixture into a buttered pie-dish, sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and your mac and cheese is ready to serve.

Cheese Custard Recipe

As government cheese lacked flavour, housewives needed to find unique and interesting ways to dress it up. The fact that a cheese custard recipe is found on a page titled Serving Cheese in Different Ways further illustrates Britain’s cheese shortage.

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