The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever (Paperback)
500 casseroles for every occasion—sweet and savory, hearty and light, homey and festive—from beloved James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas
A good cook once said that a casserole is a blend of inspiration and what’s on hand. Add to that a generous helping of know-how, and you’ve got The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever.
Call it a hotdish, covered dish, or casserole—in these pages, you’ll find one-dish meals for every season and any occasion, put together with James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas’s customary common sense and uncommon culinary flair. For breakfast, there are make-ahead strata and quiches or last-minute offerings like baked omelets and Eggs Florentine; for lunches and brunches, light fare or full-on midday meals; and for dinner a dizzying array of dishes, meaty or vegetarian, made with fresh ingredients or pantry staples—from Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing to Baked Spaghetti, Southwestern Beans, or Autumn Vegetable Stew. Leave room for dessert, because Ojakangas includes sweet casseroles like Mocha Fudge Pudding and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. And for appetizers and snacks there are dips, spreads, and slathers; mini quiches and omelet squares; and mushrooms au gratin, curried, or stuffed. You’ll even find bread here in casserole form, from sweet Cinnamon Bubble Bread to savory Cornmeal Spoon Bread and tender Sally Lunn.
With an ever-reliable and inspired sense of how to create a delicious meal, Ojakangas has advice for both expert and novice about ingredients, equipment, and meals. Combine that with whatever you have in the pantry and fridge, and this cookbook is the perfect guide to everything that a casserole might be.
About the Author
Beatrice Ojakangas began her culinary career as a food editor for Sunset Magazine and went on to write for many publications, including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and Woman’s Day. The author of more than thirty acclaimed cookbooks, she was selected for the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2005. Her award-winning memoir, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food, is also published by the University of Minnesota Press.
"Ojakangas has found all kinds of ingenious ways—more than 500, actually—to say ‘baked-in-a-dish’ and still mean ‘casserole’ . . . inventive and exhaustive."—Star Tribune
"[Ojakangas’s] take on casseroles just may change the way you think about these comforting standbys. . . . Healthier, deliciously creative, easy-to-make comfort foods—what could be better than that?"—Sacramento Observer
"Any of these casserole recipes are great to take to parties, church dinners, or community potlucks. . . . In any season, casseroles can be comfort food at its finest."—The Blade
"Ojakangas’ list of need-to-know hot dish basics offers tips for both novice and experienced cooks. The award-winning author writes that the idea of the book is to provide healthier, tastier casserole dishes. Mission accomplished."—Star Tribune
"The latest volume by this prolific writer, The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever has me hungry and curious ... in her hands, the recipe not only gets a makeover, but the concept of a “casserole” also gets a reboot."—Star Tribune
"Jam-packed (pun intended) with more than 500 recipes including sauces, dips and casseroles (“hot dishes” for those true Minnesotans) for every meal and occasion, these recipes are for more than just family reunions."—Post Bulletin
"Ojakangas is an inspired chef whose ideas have been oven-tested and sampled at her dinner parties."—Shepherd Express
"At over 600 pages, this impressive cookbook is filled with lots of tasty recipes, as well as a chapter on casserole basics."—Northern Wilds
"It’s an amazing collection of ‘hot dishes’ (Minnesota term) for every season and every occasion; sweet to savory, hearty and light, even dinner-party worthy."—Rochester Post Bulletin
"Some of the best things in life are worth repeating, and this reprint of Ojakangas’ 2011 classic is proof. "—Star Tribune