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Video:Tips for Making Casseroles

with Abby Feldman

A casserole is always a hit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Learn some great tips for making casseroles.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Making Casseroles

Are you in a hurry and need a quick meal idea for your family? Well, a casserole is always a hit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Hi, I’m Abby Feldman for About.com and today we’ve got some tips that will make cooking casseroles easy.

Facts About Making Casseroles

So, you’re looking to cook a casserole; but are a little overwhelmed with the number of recipes out available. What do you put in it? The ingredients that can be used in a casserole are almost endless. From breakfast casserole to dinner casserole, essentially, all you have to do is think about what you like to eat and throw it in a pan with some foundation ingredients.

Tips for Making Casseroles

Try to pick ingredients that will complement each other. Pairings like sausage and grits, chicken and broccoli, chili and cornbread, and tuna and noodles are all casserole classics. Pulling your casserole together with a cheese topping is always a favorite with the kids.

More Tips for Making Casseroles

If you are making a casserole with meat, choose a tougher cut of meat, dice into cubes, dust with flour and seal the surfaces of the meat in a hot pan before putting it in the pot to stew. Browning it without cooking it through will keep the moisture in while it slow cooks. The flour will also help to thicken the sauce.Great cuts of meat for casseroles include chuck roast, veal shanks, chicken breast, diced lamb, and for seafood lovers shrimp.

Casserole Preparation

There is not a lot of preparation you need to do before cooking a casserole besides purchasing the ingredients. However, if you want to alter the recipe for dietary needs try to plan ahead. Instead of using a condensed soup you may want to use chopped vegetables with lots of flavor like onions and celery. You can also replace some of the butter with half and half or milk. When chopping ingredients, make sure that they are roughly the same size. This will help the ingredients to cook evenly and balance the taste of each bite.

Healthy Casseroles

For busy individuals who want to make sure their children have a balanced diet, mixing in vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and zucchini into your kids’ favorite casserole is a way to sneak in some sensible food without the struggle.

Additional Tips for Making Casseroles

When layering your casserole you should add the ingredients in order from heaviest to lightest and spoon the layers in evenly so that the dish is easier to serve. Layer your ingredients until all of them are gone. The more layers, the more flavor!Everyone loves a little crunch! Top your casserole with breadcrumbs or fried onions for extra flavor and a crunchy layer that your friends and family will love. The great thing about a casserole is that the leftovers are easy to store. To keep your casserole fresh and to keep the meat moist, make sure to use an ovenproof dish with a tight lid and to re-bake the dish to reheat with an oven instead of a microwave.

If you want to get a head start on tomorrow’s meal, you can prepare your casserole a day or two ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer. The extra time before cooking will allow all of the ingredients to marinate – increasing flavor.

We hope that these tips on cooking casserole will help you when preparing a quick and delicious meal for your loved ones.

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