Introduction to Cooking Casseroles
Cooking delicious and healthy food for one's family is always an
enjoyable activity when we are equipped with the right set of modern
cooiking equipment and kitchen utensils. Nowadays, the modern day
kitchen will not be complete without the ever handy food processor, a
cooker for pot roasts and stews and an oven for whipping up
fantastic casserole dishes. Casseroles, for example, are wonderful
dishes which are relatively easy to make, can be used as a serving dish
and are convenient for storage owing to the versatility of modern day
Casseroles are some of the most convenient and versatile dishes. They
can be easily prepared ahdead of time, freeze well, and can be
transported in a single dish. Plus, a casserole can either be a side
dish or a meal unto itself. There are literally thousands of casserole
recipes available. However, they all possess the same key features. So,
before you start making casseroles, read more about these popular meals.
The word “casserole” actually stems from the French term for the
deep, oven-ready dish it is cooked in. Although this type of meal is now
popular throughout the world, it was not publicized until the 18th
century, when the term was printed in an English cookbook.
Casseroles need to be cooked in a way that circulates heat all
throughout the dish. Therefore, they are commonly prepared in an oven.
However, casseroles can also be made in a slow cooker or electric
roaster. Once prepared, casseroles are easy to transport or store. Most
recipes can be frozen for up to two months without losing their flavor
or nutritious value. In some cases, people even prefer to freeze the
casserole prior to baking it. However, cooked casseroles are easy to
reheat by simply returning them to an oven on a low temperature.
A seemingly endless array of ingredients can be used in casseroles.
However, certain essential elements need to be present in a successful
recipe. First, a casserole must feature some sort of liquid base. This
can be stock, broth, alcohol, or juice. It also needs a main ingredient,
which usually consists of a featured meat or vegetable. Then, some sort
of starch is used to thicken the dish. This can be a grain, like pasta
or rice, a tuber like potatoes, or a lighter thickener like cornstarch
or flour. Finally, seasonings are used to flavor the dish and some sort
of topping (usually breadcrumbs or cheese) may be added.
Most casseroles take only minutes to put together before they are
placed in the oven. This makes them attractive to families with not much
time to prepare dinner. Plus, casseroles can be served by themselves
without additional sides or condiments. They essentially combine all the
key features of a meal into a single dish. In a basic casserole, you
will have protein, carbohydrates, and produce all rolled into one. So,
consider adding a few casserole recipes to your cooking agenda and see
how delicious these simple meals can be.