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So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about casseroles. They’re not exactly what you would find on the menu of a typical Nigerian family. Seriously, who even thinks about making a casserole dish, right? But if you have an oven and you have a nice oven-safe dish, this is something you really should think about. Giving your family something different might be worth the experiment. Notice I said might? Because it really depends on the family you have.
So what are casseroles exactly?
Hehe, funny you asked. Basically, a casserole is a kind of stew or dish that has been cooked slowly in an oven. I like this definition I found in TheKitchnn.com:
“I like to think of a casserole as an oven-baked meal that relies on the magic of the oven to transform simple ingredients into a delicious dish that is more than the sum of its parts.”
It is a meal that you can prepare for dinner or during the weekend. Imagine chicken placed in sauce and put in the oven so that all the deliciousness goes into the chicken while it bakes. Yeah…it is a very appealing picture.
How to make casseroles
This is very interesting because if you Google ‘how to make casseroles’, you will probably come up with 15 different answers. But one thing that you will eventually notice is that making a casserole is usually based on personal choice. So your casserole can be simple or complicated (if you’re trying this for the first time, I advocate simple). It could also be really rich in calories or extremely economical…like I’ve already said, it depends on your choice.
Simple Casserole Recipes
Below I have put together a few easy to make casseroles for you to try. There is enough that you can try a new casserole every day or every week, if you prefer.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
If you like a rice dish, but want to give it an exciting and delicious twist, then you should definitely try this chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe. What I really love about this recipe is how available the ingredients are (even from Nigeria). So you have rice, bacon, chicken, onions, olive oil, cheeses and a few other ingredients. Total time is exactly one hour – and prep time takes only about 10 minutes. So if you want to give your family (or friends) a delightfully tasty dish, then try this one.
Related: Delicious Turmeric Rice Recipe
Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Most people love sweet potato, especially kids. So this casserole should definitely be a hit. As a matter of fact, now that I have casseroles so much on the brain, this might be the first one I’ll try for the simple reason that the ingredient list is so short. The main ingredient is of course, sweet potatoes. If you are new to this casserole business, you probably should start with this one.
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
You want to keep things healthy with low calories? Then this green bean casserole recipe will help you do just that. It looks yummy, though don’t complain too much if the kids whine when you make it, after all, it is a veggie dish.
If you’re anything like me and you love veggies, and your friends also love veggies (that’s really important because they’ll be visiting this season), then you absolutely should give this dish a try!
Beef & Vegetable Casserole
Okay, this is a casserole in a whole different class. First of all, it is a bit high in calories, but the exquisite taste will make you forget all about that. If you belong to a rice eating family, this is also a good companion to white rice, even though it can be eaten as a main dish, but you don’t want to offend oga by serving him this alone, when it’s not like you want to starve him, right? Right.
Just a warning though, it takes a while to cook – about 3 hours if I’m not mistaken. So start early, or else, leave the cooking for the weekend.
Baked Shrimp Parmesan
If you are a fan of seafood like I am, you are going to love this recipe. Come to think of it, I just might try this one out, maybe even before the sweet potato casserole. You’re going to need some dry bread for this one. If you can’t get your hands on rustic bread (or you’re not sure just what it is), then use what you can get your hands on.
Baked Oatmeal Casserole
For a breakfast option, the baked oatmeal casserole is a yummy dish you can try. It’s healthy, it’s yummy and it will boost your energy. I think this is a really great way to start the day, particularly with the fruits, which you can swap for what you have, by the way.
So that’s it people…casseroles. Yep, it tickles me to even say it because I’m rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. I can’t wait to try my hands on any of these recipes and I hope you will be inspired to finally try a casserole. There are so many out there and the internet is full of different yummy casserole recipes – from the simple (like the ones I listed above) to the complex ones. Now I just need to decide which one to start with.
Which recipe would you love to try?