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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