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Trend Alert: The Casserole's Back

Trend Alert: The Casserole's Back

Casserole has long had a bad rap, but after many years, it appears to be shedding its negative image and staging a comeback.

These hot entrées hit their pinnacle of popularity in the 1960s, when housewives relied on the easy formula to put dinner on the table. Over the years, however, people grew to associate the word casserole with unappetizing mixtures of mystery meats and canned soups, and casseroles went the way of the tape player. Enter the current economic crisis, and casserole dishes have been reappearing everywhere. To see why,


On Nov. 10, one passionate casserole chef, Emily Farris, will organize her fourth annual casserole party, a showdown between the best casserole dishes. She's also just released a much-discussed cookbook, Casserole Crazy, with non-traditional recipes from star chefs like Paula Deen and Donatella Arpaia.

Today Kraft Foods announced a casserole competition, challenging five bloggers to create an original casserole recipe using its Velveeta cheese product that costs under $10 and feeds a family of four for two meals. And Campbell's even has an entire site dedicated to the creation of casseroles.

One thing's for sure: Casserole's not going away anytime soon, regardless of your feelings for it. Are you excited to see more of it?


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serendip86 serendip86 8 years
The pictured casserole is on the Cambell's website
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
I loooooooooove casseroles... The picture at the top of the page looks delicious and is making me hungry. :(
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I love them. I like to try all kinds of different ones. My picky hubby however likes to joke and tell me that it's "white-trash" food. Eh what does he know he likes to eat menudo and I find that repulsive. lol
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love casseroles, too! And tuna is the best...I make one with crushed potato chips on top. Not good for the diet, but yummy!
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 8 years
I made a campbell's casserole last night! I had very little food in the house and all it called for was chicken, egg noodles, cream of chicken soup, milk and cheese. Perfect and yummy comfort food!
audreystar audreystar 8 years
casseroles are my favorite things to make. :)
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
I love casseroles
dootsie dootsie 8 years
The worse for you, the better! 1 can of peas 1 bag of egg noodles 1 can of clam chowder or condensed cream of chicken soup 1 can of drained tuna That's what's up.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
As long as it is not tuna. Had it every friday night for the first 18 years of my life...or so it seemed. Maybe we had some "deluxe" fish sticks every once in a while.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Rumpel-I LOVE tuna noodle casserole too :) It was the first dinner meal I learned how to make!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm a BIG fan of casseroles. one of the challenges is that i think that a lot of them are fattening, and depending on your culture, a lot of people put bacon or things like that in them, and i don't eat any meat. my fiance's mom has learned to make one that's vegetarian friendly and that's all i can ask for.
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
I looove tuna noodle casserole!! I want some now!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I really like casseroles. has some good ones that aren't super bad for you.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i don't really recall my mother making any casseroles other than her potato one. I've tried maybe one or two recipes for pasta ones :) Maybe I'll look more into it and give them a shot as long as they don't rely to much on the mayo. yuck.
OliverCakery OliverCakery 8 years
It's all about making it just a hair off from your moms (or mother in laws!) so that, when eating, it's not just 'another' casserole!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I love casseroles they are the perfect "clean out the fridge" meal You have pasta leftover? 1/2 bag of spinach? two or three pieces of baked chicken? sour cream, mayo, cheese? voila. instant meal.
briannaNicole briannaNicole 8 years
The one pictured looks amazing! Where's the link to the recipe??
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'm a big fan of casseroles, especially stuff I can make up the night before, pop in the fridge and throw in the oven for a quick meal after the gym. They can get boring if that's all you eat, but I see nothing wrong with them on the whole.
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