Spicy Shrimp & Cheese Grits
As an impressionable Mississippi lass who wanted to absorb (literally and figuratively) everything I could about cooking, one of the kitchens in which I was most in awe was that of Sissy Eidt, mother of my friend Margaret. Sissy was constantly making casseroles, not only for her family, but also for others in need of edible TLC. And man, could she cook. This dish is a particular favorite. It’s adapted from Ladies’ Legacies in Natchez, a cookbook she co-wrote with her cousin Mary Eidt. This includes shrimp and crumbled bacon, which takes it over the top and on into heaven. From Southern Casseroles, by Denise Gee. 
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Switch up the usual mashed potatoes this year and instead serve them au gratin style for Thanksgiving. 
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Saffron Rice Pilaf with Lamb Meatballs, Red Peppers, and Dates
Easy, delicious, and different is how I would describe this casserole. Petite meatballs prepared with ground lamb and seasoned with Moroccan spices are nestled into a baked rice pilaf during the last few minutes of cooking. The rice, scented with saffron, cooks to a rich, golden yellow and is accented with bits of red bell pepper and Medjool dates. This recipe is from Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One Dish. Click here to buy a copy. Click here for more of our best casserole recipes.
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Biscuit Bread Pudding
This bread pudding is the comfort food of childhood. The heady aroma of cinnamon makes it hard to wait for this dish to come out of the oven. As with any casserole, the timing is dependent on the shape of the casserole dish — a deep one will take longer than a shallow one. Whole milk, as in any good pudding or biscuit, is needed. Click here to see The Perfect Christmas Dinner.
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Hot-Spiced Pork and Rice
If you’re looking for a way to spice up pork, try this delicious casserole from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. With soy sauce, molasses, chili paste, and five-spice powder, this dish is loaded with flavor. Click here for more of our best rice casseroles.
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There are very many versions of chocolate chile chicken, but I chose to include this one as it’s fantastically quick and easy to make. I can’t promise it’s authentic, but it does have the wow factor, and the Venezuelan chocolate adds a deep rich glossy finish and flavor.
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Apples and pork is an obvious combination, but this recipe combines the two in an entirely new way, by braising a tender loin of pork in cider and fresh apples. It's then shredded and topped with a ginger-based salsa in a mini corn tortilla. 
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
This is pure comfort food, and so easy to make. You can assemble it on a Sunday night and then bake it on a busy Monday evening for a quick side dish. If you are making the casserole ahead, be sure to rinse the potatoes in cold water to prevent them from turning color. The last time I made these scalloped potatoes we had about a cupful left over. The next day I put it into the blender with some broth and milk and whirled them into a delicious cheesy, smooth potato soup! Adapted from “The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever” by Beatrice Ojakangas.   Click here to see 15 Classic Comforting Foods
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Potatoes au Gratin
Here's a basic, no-frills version that's a snap to prepare. We suggest freshly grated Gruyère or Parmesan, but any sharp cheese will do nicely. Serve this with roasted meats, fish, or poultry as well as egg dishes as a rich and hearty side dish. See all casserole recipes.
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Life wouldn’t be complete without dessert, and the Casserole Queens cover everything from soup to nuts when it comes to their recipes. This peanut butter freezer pie demonstrates that one-pot wonders can be sweet treats as well, with a crisp wafer-cookie crust that's pre-baked in the oven and topped delicious layers of cream cheese, peanut butter, and bananas. Click here to see more casserole recipes.
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Paella
Paella is a classic Spanish dish of rice and seafood that was traditionally made by men. Using a large pot, they cooked it over an orange and pine wood-burning fire that would let off an aroma that infused the dish with more flavor. This recipe is a much easier alternative to the classic technique, yet still produces a dish that is wonderful to present at the table. Click here to see Shrimp Recipes for Any Day of the Week Adapted from Faith Durand's "Not Your Mother's Casseroles." Click here to see the Sweet Potato, Chard and Coconut Milk Casserole recipe. Click here to see the No-Bake Boston Cream Pie Strata recipe. Click here for more casserole recipes.   Click here for more of the 101 Best Slow Cooker Recipes Click here to see The Ultimate 1-Pot Meal Roundup.
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This traditional Southern recipe is given a healthy twist and proves that food from the South can taste good and be good for you, too. Click here to see more casserole recipes.
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