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Just bought a 9x13 Pyrex (glass) casserole pan: What's easy to make in it?

OK, I know this is like one of the most basic things to cook in, but I've always been a cook on the range type of guy, I never cook to much in the oven itself, but I'm trying to learn. What are some good, quick and easy recipes utilizing this thing? I'm guessing casseroles and lasagnas and stuff, but I'd like some specific ideas from hounds instead of looking for recipes from other sites. Any creative ideas outside of casseroles would be appreciated, too! Although, I'm not looking to do any baking like cakes or brownies or anything, I want to make savory courses. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Anything chicken. You can just salt and pepper up 8-10 chicken breasts on Sunday night and bake and freeze them up for the week. You can defrost a breast or two before leaving for work in the mornings and make things like chicken salad, lemon chicken, slice em up for chicken on top of a bed of greens, saute up some button mushrooms in butter and drizzle over a warmed breast....and the list could go on!

    Buy some stuffed salmon from costco and bake in the oven.

    That's just a start...have fun with it!

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    1. re: ktcolt

      I'd add a little oregano to the salt and pepper on the chicken pieces. Sublime!
      Lasagna is also a wonderful thing.

    2. Meatloaf.

      600gms good mince
      400gms sausage mince
      100gms of diced bacon, sauteed.
      1 onion/leek
      a handful of sundried toms, roughly chopped
      fresh basil, torn,
      some oregano
      parsley, roughly chopped.
      1 egg to bind.

      Work all the ingredients in together, making sure the mix is well worked and sticky ("kneading" the meat releases the proteins making it lovely and sticky, eliminating the need to breadcrumbs)

      Whack into your dish, place strips of bacon on the top and then pour a mix of tomato sauce (ketchup) and Worcestershire sauce.

      Bake at 180C for an hour.

      Serve with salad, and the left overs slice up yummy for sammies!!

      1. Stratas of any sort... using bread or tortillas or even thinly sliced oblong veggies like eggplant or squash/zucchini varieties

        Chicken Divan

        I bake fish or chicken in square casserole dishes, with a piccata and bread crumb topping.

        Eggplant Parmesan

        Shepherd's Pie


        Savory biscuit ring/square... much like monkey rolls, but savory filling

        1. Baked ziti (or any cut macaroni) layered with marinara sauce, sliced precooked sausages, ricotta, and sliced mozzarella over top.

          1. Love her or hate her, Paula Deen's baked french toast is heavenly.


            1. That's the exact pan I use to roast veggies. Chop up a mixture of raw veg such as onions, parsnips, mushrooms, asparagus...add a couple more if you want. Two ways to prepare: if you want to serve from the pan (sorry, mom) arrange the veggies nicely, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped garlic, salt, pepper. I tend to throw everything into a large bowl and toss with the oil and garlic to get better coverage, dump it all in the pan and bake at 375 for about 45 min (might need more or less time depending on the veg you use). And as much as I love raw vegetables, a piece of asparagus cooked like this that looks all shriveled is just delicious!

              1. Make yourself some great (and savory) Spoon Bread. Plenty of recipes available online.

                Look ---> http://www.nwcircles.com/scuff/wp-con...

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                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  A very popular recipe and very easy is Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip; if you "google" that you will find the recipe.

                  1. re: paulgardner

                    Asparagus, lemon juice (or olive oil) salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese, broil.

                    Halibut, white wine, your favorite seasoning, bake under foil.

                    1. re: Andy Jacob

                      Asparagus sounds yummy, but you have to be careful when using the glass Pyrex under the broiler for extended periods.

                2. Chicken parmagiane. Dredge boneless chicken breasts in flour, egg & bread crumbs; saute until golden in olive oil. Transfer to baking dish. Top with tomato sauce (at room temperature or warmer) -- homemade is best but jarred can be used. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and cook in preheated 350 degree oven until cheese is melted, about 20 min.

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                  1. re: masha

                    Enchiladas are super easy. Be sure to use Pam (non-cook spray) on the bottom of the dish. You can use flour or corn enchidas, cheese and onions and top with canned chili and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. That was one of my first dishes to cook in college. If you want to get more "gourmet" and healthier you can use fresh spinach, cheese, jalepeno's (if you like spice) and top with a tomatillo or tomato based enchilada sauce. If you like the enchilada idea and want help on homemade sauces let me know.

                    1. re: Texchef

                      I like the enchilada idea, I've never made that before. If you have any sauce recipes, please post them.

                    1. Dump Cake or Poke cake. recipes galore on the internet.

                      1. Here are a few of the things I use my 9x13 Pyrex for:

                        Marinate chicken breasts in a mixture of olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, mustard, lemon juice and honey, and bake at 350 for about 1/2 an hour. You can marinate them in the baking dish and bake them in the sauce if you want.

                        Bake salmon filets in a sauce of yogurt, curry powder, rosemary, lemon juice, honey & raisins.

                        More chicken breasts: first dunk them in a sauce of white wine & yogurt, then dredge in a mix of bread crumbs or crushed corn flakes, favorite seasonings, and finely chopped walnuts.

                        And of course cakes of any kind.

                        I love Pyrex.