After I consider Hamburger Helper, I consider dwelling. It’s humorous how sure meals give us heat fuzzy emotions, irrespective of how a lot MSG they might comprise. Rising up within the higher Midwest, the casserole was a staple, lengthy earlier than the sexier time period “one-pot meals” or “skillet dinners” got here into our vernacular.
Then I moved to Minnesota, which I can affirm is distinctly completely different from the remainder of the Midwest, and to make this level abundantly clear, casseroles, skillets, and one-pot meals are all thought-about HOTDISHES right here. There was even a restaurant that devoted it’s namesake to the meal, aptly named Haute Dish.
Haute Dish has since closed, however in my coronary heart stays an area for all of the casseroles of my childhood. I can’t consider my highschool boyfriend with out remembering my favourite meal his mom made (some type of bitter cream/hen/broccoli cheddar bake). And whereas I’m unsure I’ll be capable to make casseroles “occur” once more, I did flip to my staff to gather a sequence of their favourite casserole (or casserole adjoining) dishes within the hopes that you simply, my predominantly coastal readers, will contemplate the common-or-garden but comforting casserole earlier than writing it off as solely one thing your Midwestern aunt delivered to Thanksgiving.
Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts
Advisable by: Kate
This is a favourite dish in my rotation. You’ve received added creaminess within the rice together with a ton of taste due to an herby, spicy sauce. This dish is vegan and is extremely filling!
Tacky Sausage, Inexperienced Bean, and Potato Bake
Advisable by: Erin, New Enterprise Director
This recipe is tremendous straightforward and scrumptious. You’ll be able to swap out cheese sorts based mostly in your choice, and I discover that the lemon lightens up the flavour in one of the best ways.
Smoked Salmon and Haddock Kedgeree
Advisable by: Kate
After I lived in London with my faculty boyfriend, we rented a flat in Clapham North from a artistic director and an illustrator. Not solely was their dwelling stunning however they have been additionally unimaginable cooks. I nonetheless keep in mind the dish they served us one evening for dinner. It was a one-pot rice dish, noticed with smoked fish, capers, and almonds. I had by no means had something prefer it and nonetheless crave it to at the present time. Then, lastly, I opened a Mary Berry cookbook I’d obtained for Christmas and located a dish that resembled it. It’s not precisely the identical, however the dish itself feels to me like a cross between kedgeree and paella.
Turkey Skillet Casserole
Advisable by: Nancy, Govt Assistant
What I like about this recipe is that it’s like tacos within the type of a casserole, so I serve it with all the sides you’ll serve with tacos: cheese, bitter cream, salsa, guacamole, chips, and lettuce. My addendum to the recipe is that I double the pasta to make it go additional and serve an even bigger group. It doesn’t appear to dilute the flavour. It makes for glorious leftovers too!
Gratin Dauphinoise (Scalloped Potatoes)
Advisable by: Kate
Certainly one of my favourite dishes my mother made after I was rising up was scalloped potatoes. I crave it usually and discover that few issues style as heat and as comforting to me. I’ve tailored my mother’s methodology to incorporate some affect from the French, and I believe the feel and style of this dish are actually beautiful.
Poppy Seed Hen Casserole
Advisable by: Erin
This recipe is full consolation meals. The style is so wealthy and flavorful, and the cracker combination on prime, baked till golden brown, is divine.
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