When we announced Casserole Week I was instantly deluged with requests for casseroles to freeze. Casseroles have this reputation for being easy to make ahead and easy to freeze. I actually don't do this very often; I try to make casseroles that are so easy and quick to put together that you don't have to make them too far ahead. No, when I freeze food for easy meals later, I take a different approach. I take a few days of leftover food and make what I call a freezer casserole.
Humble and rustic though it may be, sweet bread pudding is a show stopper in its own right. You'll want to get a little of the custardy middle and a little of the toasted caramelized crust in every bite. Close your eyes, because this particular blend of sugar, cream, and cinnamon requires complete focus. Breakfast, brunch, or dessert, by the end of the meal this dish will be licked clean.
We've been fans of cheese-stuffed pasta shells our whole lives. It's one of the first baked casserole dishes we can remember eating - and liking! - and it remains a favorite today. Don't let the fact that this is a "lighter" version turn you off. It's still cheesy and delicious, but now it's just a little better for us!
Casserole pans are necessary elements of every cook's arsenal. I am in the habit of only using cast iron pans when baking casseroles, but stainless steel has a lot to offer too. I just spotted this All-Clad Shallow Casserole Pan and knew it was a winner right away.
We are precisely halfway through Casserole Week, but we haven't yet addressed the most basic of questions: What IS a casserole anyway? Read on for a few thoughts on the matter, and to add your own definition. How do you define a casserole?
Where would Casserole Week be without a good mac 'n' cheese recipe? Here is the third winner in this week's Best Healthy Casseroles contest. This recipe comes from Leslie in Utah, and it is an indulgently golden-topped, gooey mac and cheese — but with a secret ingredient and a healthy twist.
Is there anything better than waking up to the aroma of something baking in the oven? Breakfast casseroles are some of the most comforting and delicious dishes we've ever tasted and you can put just about anything in them. Casseroles are crowd pleasers and the great thing about breakfast casseroles — you don't have to just eat them in the morning. Here are ten that look good to us, any time of the day.
When the weather outside is chilly and you have a lot of people to feed it's nice to have some standby dishes that are easy to make, delicious, and unquestionably comforting. Enter Gratin Dauphinois — a recipe born in the French Alps that combines scalloped potatoes, cream, and garlic all baked to perfection.
This recipe from my new cookbook, Not Your Mother's Casseroles, is perhaps the perfect expression of what I love about casseroles. It's quick and easy — a modern, lightened-up version of a "dump-and-mix" dish, where you open up a few cans and mix everything together. But it also has fresh flavors, lighter dairy, and — the best part — no pasta. Instead, protein-rich, toothsome chickpeas take center stage.