6 Classic Casseroles With Twists

Oct 29 2013 - 4:25am

Although there's nothing wrong with your favorite casserole, we have a few ways to mix things up this year. These recipes will channel holiday nostalgia while offering a variety of new flavors. Whether you choose to add unexpected ingredients like panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) or give a Southern recipe a California twist, you're guaranteed to find a new go-to heading into the holidays.

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

For a comforting and nostalgic recipe, bake up this green bean casserole [1]. Panko and parmesan cheese offer a healthier revamp to french-fried onions, and the addition of mushrooms ups the veggie factor.

Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta Bake

This pumpkin bake casserole [2] is creamy and full of Fall flavor. Italian seasoning offers a kick, while milk (instead of cream) keeps this dish light.

Squash Casserole

A Southern recipe with a California twist, this squash casserole [3] is covered in sourdough bread, Meyer lemons, parsley, and cheese. It makes a great, satisfying side dish for vegetarians.

Breakfast Enchilada Casserole

Yes, you can have casseroles for breakfast! This breakfast enchilada bake [4] makes a great brunch dish for a large group. Since it's made with egg whites, refried black beans, low-fat cheese, cilantro, and red peppers, it's surprisingly healthy, too.

Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

For a side dish heading into the holidays, turn to a sweet potato-pecan casserole [5]. Rather than using marshmallows, a warming cinnamon pecan crumble plays up the natural flavor of the root vegetable, rather than covering it up.

East-Meets-West Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

Loaded with buttery onions and earthy mushrooms, this umami-packed green bean casserole [6] will quickly become a favorite. It's actually a Japanese-meets-American rendition, since the caramelized the onions are deglazed with mirin (Japanese rice wine) and the onions are breaded in panko (Japanese breadcrumbs).

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