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May 11, 2010 10:27 AM

Your go-to Casserole dish - easy to give

I haven't made enough casserole dishes to date, not to mention giving them out.

this guy in my neighborhood is going to sharpen my knifes in exchange for a nice casserole dish. What do you think?

anything besides lasagna?

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  1. Good deal!

    Ham chunks and faux scalloped potatoes (sliced boiled potatoes in bechamel)
    Chicken and rice

    Or for vegetarian
    Stuffed cabbage with mushrooms, carrots, onions, brown rice in Imagine No Chicken gravy

    A savory Reuben bread pudding might work, too.

    1. I have one that is a Mexican Lasagna made with oorn tortillas instead of lasagna noodles and shredded chicken. It is always a huge hit and people beg me to give them any leftovers (rarely any left) to take home. I know you said no lasagna, but this is very different and really great. Problem is, I don't know how to attach it (won't let me below). If you know the secret, let me know and I will send you this one.

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      1. re: lakelady

        We call that enchilada casserole, and your right everyone loves it.

        1. re: just_M

          this sounds sooo good! I'm gonna find more friends to take casseroles to!

        2. re: lakelady

          just copy and paste it into your response, so it can be shared with all.

        3. Chicken and dressing casserole, chicken broccoli rice, ham and cheesy potatoes, sausage rice casserole- all are good.

          1. The very best casserole dish I have ever had is Giada's Chicken Tettrazini (sp?).

            When I watched her make it on her show, she said it was her husband's Todd favorite
            of all her dishes.

            I ran to make it, and it is fab.

            1. Do breakfast casseroles count? I make French toast casserole that is always a hit at brunch. It's a great, totally forgiving recipe.

              stale french bread cut into 1 inch slices and then halved (I use about 1 1/2 loaf to fill my pan, but you can use more or less depending on the size of the dish you are using)

              2 1/2 Cups milk (I usually use about 2 cups of skim and 1/2 cup of 1/2&1/2, but you can use whatever you have on hand. all skim is fine too)

              7 eggs

              1/4 Cup white sugar

              cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom (I just toss some in, mostly cinnamon, never measure, but probably about Tbs cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of the others.)

              1/2 stick butter

              1/3 Cup maple syrup

              Spray the casserole with Pam and fill with bread. I use a big shallow dish because we like the crust, but you can do it in a deep dish too.

              Mix the milk, eggs, sugar and spices, pour over bread and press down so bread is completely covered.

              Cut the butter into little chunks and dot over the top. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon. Cover with foil and stick in fridge overnight.

              In the morning, preheat the oven to 350, bake with foil on for about 25 minutes, then remove foil, drizzle syrup over the top and return to oven for about 1/2 an hour. It puffs up, gets a little crusty on top and is fabulous.

              I used to buy cinnamon apple syrup at the farmers market and made a variation with chunks of peeled apple tossed in with the bread and then the cinnamon syrup drizzled over the top.

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              1. re: lulubelle

                oh my god! I think this is best to pawn off as i can't have any of this. too bad cuz i have to fit in a wedding dress! imagine making this with brioche or croissants!! guah.

                1. re: lulubelle

                  Our school PTA does a monthly teacher appreciation buffet-type breakfast and one woman makes this French Toast thing you just described and it is always the first thing to get eaten.