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Casserole cookbook gives variety

September 21, 2017
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

I know people will be shocked by this - my picky eater doesn't like casseroles. I know. Who could have ever guessed? My family is also a mixed bag of people who do and don't like cooked vegetables in casseroles, or particular ones, etc. However, with all of that pickiness going on, I?still found a lot of recipes to choose from in "Family Favorites Casserole Recipes" by Addie Gundry (St. Martin's Griffin, $19.99.) A former winner of one of the picky eater's favorite television shows, "Cutthroat Kitchen" and now executive producer for RecipeLion, Gundry has complied a set of 103 easy casseroles that range from breakfast to dessert.

The book is divided into eight chapters: breakfast, appetizers and side dishes, chicken, beef and pork, vegetarian, healthy, internationally inspired and dessert.

Breakfast casseroles range from Layered Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole, Cinnamon Roll Casserole, Chicken Ranch Hash Brown Casserole and Sausage Fajita Frittata to name a few.

Appetizers and Side Dishes have Party Popper Potato Puff Casserole, Mock Noodle Casserole, French Onion Soup Casserole and Nacho Cheese Chip Casserole.

Chicken entrees include Country Chicken and Spinach Casserole, Everyday Chicken Parmesan Casserole and Chicken Pot Pie Casserole as some examples.

Beef and Pork recipes include Easy Meatball Party Sub Casserole, Six-Ingredient Stuffed Peppers and Loaded Pulled Pork and Potato Casserole.

Vegetarian dishes offer Everyday Eggplant Parmesan, Quinoa and Pepper Medley Casserole and Punpkin Ricotta Pasta Casserole as some examples.

Heathy casseroles include Skinny Broccoli, Cauliflower and Ham Casserole, Layered Smoked Sausage and Rice Casserole and 30-Minute Shrimp Bake.

Internationally Inspired dishes are Individual Tamale Pies, Beef Stroganoff Casserole and Easy Baked Goulash as some examples.

Dessert winds things up with Whipped Cookie Delight, Hidden S'Mores Casserole and Pear and Cranberry Cobbler.

I tried several dishes from this cookbook. One day when I was off from work, I made two dishes - Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese and Green Bean Casserole for lunch. The picky eater decided to help me as sous chef and make the mac and cheese.

Our house is famous for loving the box and powder mac and cheese and eschewing the homemade variety, much to my dismay. But recently they offered to try it again and I thought bacon might tempt them.

This is a homemade macaroni and cheese a roux is made as the basis for a cheese sauce, something the picky one is not used to. "Why are we cooking butter and flour?" I thought I might lose her completely when it came to adding dry mustard and nutmeg. But when it came time to eat, everyone enjoyed it, even picky one! "Do you like my macaroni and cheese?" she asked her sister and stepsister.

Sometimes being involved in the process really helps.

Not so when it came to the homemade green bean casserole. She and my teenager were fine with getting the green bean ends snapped and ready to go. When it came to frying up the onions in a panko mixture, she was confused, but OK. "Are we making a roux?" she asked when we added flour, milk and broth to a pan. But it was the mushrooms that did her in. Nope. She was out. My stepdaughter, the only one at home who does like green bean casserole, didn't like the big pieces of mushroom in it, which was my favorite part. She'd rather stick with the canned beans and mushroom soup version. My husband tried some leftovers later and loved it.

Then one night, as a breakfast for dinner, I made Grandma's Biscuits and Gravy Casserole and Delightful Donut Casserole. The donut one was TECHNICALLY supposed to be a dessert, but donuts are breakfast to me! Both were crazy easy to make - canned biscuits and already cooked sausage and then a simple gravy cook together, and the donuts were a basic bread pudding but with donut holes, topped with cinnamon and sugar. Everyone loved the savory one, and I think everyone universally agreed the donut one smelled like heaven but was just too sweet.

There were still plenty of recipes I'm going to try out of this book that I think will be a hit.

 
 

 

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