Casseroles and potpies are ideal portable dishes to carry to a friend's house. These homey, baked one-dish meals are comfort food staples around the world. Tamale pie, shepherd's pie, and macaroni and cheese are just three of the recipes in this chapter that will warm the heart and sustain the body.
Casserole refers to both the food and the container in which it is served. The container may be made of glass (Pyrex), earthenware, or enamel-lined cast iron. Casserole dishes come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including deep-sided baking dishes and shallow gratin dishes.
Like soups, casseroles can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated. Baking and reheating times are approximate and will vary, depending on whether the casserole is at room temperature when it goes into the oven. You can assemble the casserole and let your friends bake it, or you can bake it, let it cool completely, cover it tightly, and store it in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, then reheat in a microwave or in a preheated 350°F oven until hot.
From From Our House To Yours. Compilation copyright © 2002 by Chronicle Books LLC. Foreword copyright © 2002 by Joyce Goldstein. Photographs copyright © 2002 by E.J. Armstrong. All rights reserved. First published by Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, California.
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