Best Casserole and Bake
A casserole, from the French for "saucepan," is a
large, deep pot used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The
word casserole is also used for the food cooked and served in such a
vessel, with the cookware itself called a "casserole
dish". In British English, this type of dish is frequently also
called a bake.
Casseroles usually consist of pieces of meat (such as chicken) or
fish (such as tuna), various chopped vegetables, a starchy binder
such as flour, potato or pasta, and, often, a crunchy topping. Liquids are released from the meat and vegetables during cooking,
and further liquid in the form of stock, wine, beer, gin, cider or
vegetable juice may added when the dish is assembled. Casseroles are
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 vessel in which
they were cooked.
A characteristic method of preparing casserole in the United
States and Canada is to use condensed soup, especially cream of
mushroom soup. Examples for casseroles that can be prepared in this
manner are tuna casserole (with canned tuna, cooked pasta, sometimes
peas, and cream-of-mushroom soup) and green bean casserole
(green beans with cream of mushroom soup, topped with French fried
onions). A similar staple food, macaroni and cheese, can also be
prepared as a casserole.
Casseroles are a staple at potlucks and family gatherings.
In Minnesota and the Dakotas, where they are one of the
quintessential foods of the region, casseroles are called
The potato casserole Janssons frestelse is a legacy of the
Scandinavian immigrants of the area.
Chicken and Turkey
Fish & Seafood
Ham & Pork