Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Casseroles

I don't know about all of you that read my blog, but this has been a very cold winter so far.  Minnesota has been seeing way to many sub-zero days in December and January.  Hopefully there will be an early spring. Although I'm praying for it, I'm not counting on it.

One thing the cold weather does do is increase the desire for "Comfort foods."  I'd have to say that one of the top categories for comfort food would be "Casseroles."  And to be specific "Winter Casseroles." These are those hearty hot dishes that warm us up when we have weather outside like we have had this winter.

Some casserole dishes are great year round.  While there are those that you just want in the summertime. The "Winter Casseroles" that I'm talking about today are best in the winter but do taste good anytime of the year.

Everyone has their favorites.  Some are standard everyone loves casseroles.  Some are a little unique too. This week I have one of each for you.  On Wednesday there is a classic in the "Tuna & Noodles Casserole."  Then on Thursday, it's "Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole" which is a little twist on the classic individual entree.

The greatest thing about casseroles is that they are usually very easy to throw together.  Then all you have to do is just wait until they're done cooking in the oven.  I've mentioned this before but they are great for "Pot Luck", "Community Meals" or whatever you called them in your location.

They are also great to make and freeze for a later date.  It's not a bad habit to make 2 casseroles (double the recipe) when you make one.  That way you have it tonight and a second one for some day down the road. One of those days when you want a hot meal but really don't have the time to make it.  So be sure and think about that the next time you're going to make a casserole.

I've got a few more recipes for casseroles in the "Entree Recipes" tab.  But here are a few you might like to try; Chicken & Wild Rice CasseroleCrab Casserole (My Favorite) and Turkey Tetrazzini.  Also you might like to try a couple of different lasagna casseroles.  One is "Vegetarian" and the other uses chicken with a white sauce.  They are Vegetarian Lasagna (V) and White Chicken Lasagna.

So until next week, try one of these delicious recipes and "Happy Cooking."

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