What is a casserole?
Technically, the term casserole refers to the dish it’s cooked in, which is a vessel that can be used in the oven and to serve from. This means that any kind of tray bake, gratin or even slow-cooked stew could be considered a casserole – as long as it’s spent some time in the oven, you’ve got a casserole.
What do I need for a casserole?
There’s really not very much that can’t go into a casserole. Any protein could work, depending on the cut of meat and how much time you’ve got, and veggie casseroles are a great vegetarian main idea. The rough formula goes something like this: hero product (protein or veg) + braising liquid + further accompanying veg or starch + time in oven = casserole.
How to make a basic casserole
The most common example of a casserole is a chicken one, which we’ll use as the example below.
Ready to make your own? These are our favourite casserole recipes.
Sausage, butter bean and tomato tray bake with crispy röstis
Use any sausages you like, or omit them and keep this veggie-friendly.
Get the recipe for sausage, butter bean and tomato tray bake here.
Cape Malay chicken biryani casserole
The ultimate one-pot meal.
Puttanesca baked fish
Swap out the fish for chicken breasts if you prefer.