What happened to casseroles?

Vintage Bauer Casserole dish with metal holder available at Vintage Renude on Etsy

Ah, the smell wafting from the kitchen when you walked through the door. That unmistakable scent of a casserole in the oven. Close your eyes, can’t you just smell it baking?  Whether it was just macaroni and cheese or mom’s specialty it really didn’t matter. You knew dinner would be ready soon, and it would be delicious.

For the family cook,  casseroles are the perfect dinner. A one pan wonder that has everything we need and crave. Protein, veggies, carbs…yes, yes, and yes. Easily put together and popped in the oven. Ready to eat in an hour or less. Casseroles free the chef to do other things while dinner magically cooked itself.  


Search the internet for casserole recipes and you will find everything from traditional simple tuna casserole to complex new options like lamb and ale. 

When I was growing up casseroles were a popular dinner option. They were also cost effective as they were a great way to use up leftovers and lower cost items like noodles, rice, and lesser cuts of meat. Now we rarely have time to throw the ingredients together and pop something in the oven.  In the age of instant gratification, casseroles just take too long.

With the resurgence of Pyrex, Fireking, Corningware, and other kitchen essentials casseroles should be coming back into style soon too. Besides, what’s better than walking into the house with that wonderful smell wafting up to meet you?

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Fire King Vintage Peach Luster Oval Casserole and Loaf Pan.

Do you have a favorite casserole recipe? Let us know in the comment section below.


The best is yet to come! Pam, Vintage Renude

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  1. I love making casseroles – we call them “hot dishes” in Minnesota. The standard Minnesota hot dish is “Tater Tot Hot Dish”, and of course we love that one. Another family favorite is Pizza Hot Dish. It’s quick and easy, tastes great, and makes your home smell like a pizzeria – yum! Here’s a recipe that we use – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/107382772344259758/ Hmmm…. I think this will be dinner tonight!

  2. Straight from the oven to the table. My Mom was the “Queen” of casseroles! Every family get together, they requested her famous scalloped corn. I can almost taste it!

  3. I love casseroles – they have never gone out of style in my house!
    My favourites are tuna casserole and beef and mushroom casserole. Yum!

  4. I think casseroles lost their popularity to slow cookers and crock pots. Ma used to make little tuna fish casseroles topped with potato chips and baked them in LaChoy chow mein glass dishesso we each got one…that was pretty cool. This inspires me to make mac and cheese and freeze portions to enjoy later as Paul HATES mac and cheese!

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