November 22, 2017 11:20am CST
Not long before cold weather becomes the norm for some of us around the world. For those in warm climates right now, enjoy the sun, but for the rest of us, we need to find something besides hot tea that is hardy and will satisfy our appetite. With that in mind my suggestion is to turn to casseroles. A casserole (French: diminutive of casse) is a large, deep dish used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a container, with the cookware itself called a casserole dish or casserole pan. Casseroles are usually cooked slowly in the oven, often uncovered. They may be served as a main course or a side dish, and may be served in the container in which they were cooked. Some countries cook their casseroles similar to stews. When I think of a casserole dish my mind envisions a bubbling, crispy, creamy, and generally large and filling meal, baked in the oven until the ingredients come together in a delicious whole. They are a must during the cold winter months we experience in the Northeastern United States. They freeze incredibly well, a trait which, makes them the perfect make-ahead meal that can be stored in the freezer until needed. Do you enjoy casseroles? Which kind is your favorite? Thanks for the responses. Source information- Wikipedia and The Daily Meal Photo- delish.com
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Maybe combining items like green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, spinach with noodles and cheese could produce a kind of casserole that would be acceptable. I did notice recipes using these staple items. If that fails you could always go Mexican casserole
• Saco, Maine
I love most casseroles, depending on what went into them. I consider them comfort foods. My absolute favorite is baked macaroni & cheese. Another favorite is shepherd's pie, and I make this quick version of beef stroganoff, using ground beef and cream of mushroom soup to mix with the noodles. Delish.
The definition of casserole as French casse (to break) is not correct, it comes from old Provençale cassa that means "pan. If you check a French dictionary it is very clear, but it was possibly wrongly translated, when they wanted to explain the term in English.