I bought this gorgeous Le Creuset heart-shaped casserole dish (beautiful, right??). I absolutely love it, but I'm actually not sure what to use it for, since it only goes in the oven and not on the stove... Would you have any suggestions for vegetarian meals that could be cooked with the lid on?
I'm thinking she could make a braised bean dish or a hearty vegetable stew. Vegetarians: what are your ideas?
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I'll pan-fry some pork chops, then deglaze the pan with a combination of cranberries and port wine, for a sauce that's both sweet and tart.
The result? A mouthwatering meal that's full of flavor, not fat. Want to see the recipe? Then read more.
The key to speedy success is to take smart shortcuts. Use already-stewed tomatoes, grated mozzarella, and ready-made polenta for easy layering.
Employ the oven for a final browning touch, and you'll have a dinner that can't be beat on the busiest night of the week. To see the recipe, keep reading.
Originally, a tian referred to a Provençal-style bake of mixed vegetables, roasted in a gratin style. The word can also be used to describe any type of casserole-style course, from a braised vegetable stew to a layered dessert.
The term was derived from the the clay cooking vessel that is to prepare the dish.
Gruyere cheese is a popular hard cheese made from cow's milk. With origins in Switzerland, it is perhaps the best known type of Swiss cheese. Gruyere is also produced in France, but according to French agricultural law, it must have holes, while the Swiss version is solid. This slightly yellow cheese has a nutty flavor that's mildly salty and varies with age. Gruyere is great for both melting (it's a common ingredient in fondue) and eating out of hand. To see how I used this wonderfully creamy cheese, read more
In the dead of Winter, during a period of economic stress, there's nothing more appetizing than down-home comfort foods. While mac and cheese, burgers, and pot pies get a lot of press, I have to argue that the title of The Ultimate Comfort Food should go to the gratin. Coined after an obsolete French term for "grater," a gratin is a very loosely defined dish: it's simply any course that's topped with browned crumbs, butter, and cheese. Read on to see six different renditions of this homestyle dish.
As much as I enjoy hosting dinner parties, I also love having friends over for a casual, relaxed breakfast.
There's no better way to welcome close ones into your home than with the savory, cheesy smell of an oven-baked strata. This layered dish of bread, eggs, cheese, meat, and vegetables is not only crave-worthy, comforting breakfast food at its best, but, as a casserole, it's also a great timesaver — forget making custom batches of scrambled eggs!
If you're accommodating meat eaters as well as vegetarians, try making the slightly more elaborate expert recipe, which caters to both. To see the recipes, read more
If you live in a cool weather clime, you're probably sick of Winter and willing it to go away. But why not embrace it? There's only one time to appreciate chilly climate favorites, and that's right now — when they're the most comforting. The classic English pub dish known as shepherd's pie is the kind of fare that's most relished when you're bundled up and need a remedy for the cold.
These two variations are both satisfying — yet they couldn't be more different. The beginner version, made with beef, employs the help of prepared mashed potatoes, and takes less than half an hour; the expert version is made with lamb, and epitomizes shepherd's pie at its best. To see both cottage pie recipes, read more
Due to the difficult economic climate, in the past couple of months, the casserole — a one-pot dish that feeds a crowd and often consists of budget-friendly ingredients — has made a strong comeback. To fully embrace the trend, I recently obtained a copy of The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever ($24.95) by Beatrice Ojakangas. It's filled with over 500 casserole recipes, and to find out what I thought of this cookbook, read more