What comes to your mind when hear the name of such appetizing dish as traditional casserole? As for me, it brings to my mind warm family atmosphere when all gather together to spend winter evening or a family holiday. Traditional casserole has a connotation with something warm and tasty. Do you agree with me? Traditional casserole is a dish with a lid in which meat, vegetables, cheese, and spices are usually cooked in the oven. Traditional casserole does not contain any seafood. There is another dish like traditional casserole that may contain fish and other seafood, namely seafood twist.
For traditional casserole that is actually meat one you may choose beef, chicken, turkey and minced meat. I will offer you stuffing chicken casserole recipe.
Spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350. In a big bowl, mix together:
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 cup herb seasoned stuffing mix
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-1/2 t. dried parsley flakes.
In a separate small bowl, mix until smooth:
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup mayonnaise (light)
Now pour the small bowl contents into the large bowl which has the stuffing in it. When combined, pour into the 9x9 pan. Bake for about 30 minutes in the 350 degree preheated oven.
If we have started talking about traditional casserole, I think traditional Scottish country egg casserole will come handy. This is a tasty recipe which is full of healthy goodness with vegetables, eggs and cheese. The quantities below will serve four people.
Sprigs from one medium cauliflower
One pound (or less) leeks, cut into thin slices
Half pound brocolli or green beans
6 ounces (185g or ¾ cup) grated cheese
Half pint (10 fluid ounces or 300ml or just under one and a quarter cups) single cream
Salt and pepper to taste
One teaspoon mustard
Butter for casserole dish
Cook the prepared vegetables in salted, boiling water for ten minutes or so. Butter the inside of a large, lidded casserole dish (to reduce sticking) and add the hot vegetables to it with most of the cheeese mixed in. Whisk the eggs lightly with the cream and seasoning and pour over the vegetables. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Cover the casserole and bake at 300F/180C/Gas Mark 4 for 25/30 minutes until the egg custard is set.
Those who like seafood or do not eat meat may change traditional meat casserole into a very appetizing seafood casserole. Easy seafood casserole dishes can be as simple or as elegant as you want. If you want to show off your culinary skills you may choose complicated recipes. The recipe given below is a delicious tuna casserole with macaroni, Cheddar cheese, and vegetables.
Ingredients (for 6-8 serves):
- 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 2 cans (10 1/2 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese or American cheese
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peas or peas and carrots, slightly cooked
- 1/2 cup finely minced onion
- 1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 2 cans (7 ounces each) tuna, drained and flaked
- 1 jar (2 ounces) chopped pimiento, drained
Prepare macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Combine macaroni with remaining ingredients; pour into a large (3-quart) casserole. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.