The words casserole and glamorous have probably never been used in the same sentence. And maybe there’s a good reason for that. Casseroles conjure up sub-par potlucks, Sunday night dinners with your weird aunt (and her cats), and -- gasp! -- soup from a can.
Come on. Before permanently relegating them to the “Avoid at All Costs” folder in your brain, give casseroles a chance. They can be much, much more than all your leftovers mixed together with a can of Cream o’ Mushroom. In fact, to get technical for a second, a casserole is simply anything baked in a casserole dish (thank you, Webster’s). Which opens up a whole world of possibilities.
We’re not saying you can’t have the classics, we’re just saying why stop there? Get creative with your casserole dish -- go sweet with a Fig and Anise Clafoutis, throw together a Savory Bread Pudding, or get a little fancy with the Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta. Heck, these recipes are good enough to convert even the staunchest of casserole-haters and blow the pants off your next potluck. Especially if you make them in this.
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Because, in the end, casseroles are pretty much comfort in a dish. Don’t give up on them just yet.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).