CASSEROLE THEORY

 

  • Cooking Time: 15 min
  • Servings: varies
  • Preparation Time: 10-30 min

Ingredients

  • The simple theory is layering. Choose one type of food from each of the following layer suggestions, starting from the bottom:
  • Base: mildly flavored vegetables or starch layer:
  • *Cooked pasta
  • *Grated cauliflower
  • *Mashed potatoes
  • *Tortilla or tortilla chips
  • *Lightly cooked eggplant or zucchini
  • *Soft butternut squash
  • *Roasted halved Brussels sprouts
  • Protein/Rich-ness
  • *Sliced, grated, or cubed cheese
  • *Scrambled or hard-boiled egg (sliced)
  • *Sliced, ground or cubed meat -cooked or preserved (salami is amazing)
  • *Cheese and/or beans
  • Flavor sauce: sweet/savory/spicy/piquant/bitter (don’t pick all 5)
  • *Chutney
  • *Cream of Mushroom soup
  • *Tomato or pesto based sauce
  • *Gravy
  • *Salsa
  • *Peanut or Teriyaki Sauce
  • *Kim Chi
  • *Sautéed garlic, onions and mushrooms
  • Flavor bursts/Texture:
  • *Pieces of blue cheese
  • *Chopped bacon
  • *Roasted nuts
  • *Broken tortilla or crumbled potato chips
  • *Chopped cooked vegetables
  • *Chopped cabbage or leafy green vegetable raw or cooked
  • Visual elements:
  • *Drizzled sauce
  • *Chopped green: cilantro, green onions
  • *A few shakes of red: paprika or chili powder
  • *Grated carrots
  • *Chopped purple cabbage

Directions

  • A stellar casserole has: balanced flavors, a delicious sauce, visual appeal (different colors and textures).
  • Can be assembled and baked in a glass pan or skillet. Start with pre-cooked ingredients, or from leftovers, cooking is mostly to reheat and marry the ingredients. Cook at 350 until slightly crispy on top or warm all the way through.
  • Dessert casseroles are also lovely. Think cobbler, compote, sundae or bread pudding.

Notes

Neither of my parents cared for casseroles. So in that sense I was a late bloomer, in my early 20’s I got obsessed with casseroles. I still love them.

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