I love casseroles, all types, dinner casseroles, breakfast casseroles, leftover casserole for lunch.... It's all good and the flavor possibilities and combinations are endless!
Casseroles can mean different things to different people, so just what IS a casserole anyway, how is it defined? For me, being a bachelor and pretty handy in the kitchen (patting self on back....), it means a simple to prepare one-dish meal, something that's got meat, a starch, a veggie and a gravy, or a sauce and/or cheese to go with it. It's a convenient mix of ingredients that go well together and is baked to perfection in the oven - THAT is a casserole. And yes, the dish it's baked in was named after it. Simplicity and convenience are keys to a good casserole, it can't be a complicated recipe that's labor intensive. If that recipe takes more than 10-15 minutes to prepare before you're throwing that dish in the oven, then it's NOT a casserole in my book.
Lasagna is a casserole. A good lasagna has meat, a starch (noodles), a veggie (diced green pepper, and/or mushrooms, or shredded zucchini, diced tomato perhaps, maybe some minced onion), a sauce (tomato... but if you're Italian or Sicilian, then it's gravy), and cheese to go with it.
"But Mike," you ask..... "Is a vegetarian lasagna a casserole?"
Not just no, but HELL NO! Without meat, it's not a casserole. Without meat, vegetarian lasagna is a mere side dish.
"What about Green Bean Casserole, that's even got casserole in the name, Mike, what about that huh?.....," you challenge.
Green Bean Casserole is a traditional, seasonal favorite for many, to include yours truly! My recipe meats my definition of a casserole (did you see what I did there? Pun intended...). It includes chunks of chicken or turkey and Cream of Chicken soup, that's meat baby and it's Another Dose of YUM!
Some dishes just have to have casserole in the name I guess, I mean what would you call it otherwise? Soupy Green Beans & Crispy Onions?
But I digress.....
Coming Soon: Bachelor Casserole Recipes! You'll find them on www.bacheloronthecheap.com