Casseroles, how we love thee. In case you haven't read our Ode to Casseroles yet, here's a quick summary: They're basically the ultimate comfort food! Ever!
These easy dinners, delicious desserts, scrumptious sides, and tasty breakfasts keep us going when things get rough. Why? Well, you can make some ahead of time to save stress before a big event. Others, you can freeze for leftovers later. Almost all will provide a ton of servings, which is ideal for meal prepping or for bringing to a potluck or party. Basically, casseroles are the superheroes of our busy lives.
If you're joining us on this casserole journey, then you'll want to take our fun pop quiz below. There are a few technical questions in there, as well as some that are specifically about Ree and her popular recipes. How many can you get right? Let us know in the comments!
Get the Answers:
Which casserole dish material is generally better for baking? Metal (or aluminum) is best for most baking projects. Glass is ideal for recipes like pasta bakes.
Green Bean Casserole was said to be invented in what year? 1955. According to Campbells, the popular Thanksgiving side dish was invented that year by Campbell Soup Company employee, Dorcas Reilly.
Which casserole is the Drummond family’s favorite? Chicken Spaghetti. Okay, the Drummonds probably wouldn’t say no to either, but Chicken Spaghetti has been Ree’s go-to easy dinner for years.
Does Ree always use ziti in her baked ziti recipe? She may sometimes use mostaccioli. When Ree originally posted the recipe to PW.com, she used mostaccioli because that’s what she had on hand. Hey, it works! 😂
What was the original name of Green Bean Casserole? Green Bean Bake, according to Campbells. Can you imagine!?
What other name does Cowboy Casserole go by? Tater Tot Hotdish, particularly in the Midwest.
Where can you find the size of your favorite casserole dish? On the bottom. If you’re not sure what size your casserole dish is, flip it over and check there. The measurements are usually listed!
True or false: Shepherd’s pie has always been made with mashed potatoes. False. According to Taste of Home, Shepherd’s Pie was once made in a pastry crust. The potatoes came when it made its way to Scotland, where the Scots used their extra potatoes instead.
What goes on top of the PW squash casserole recipe? Crackers! They make it buttery, crunchy, and extra delicious.
True or false: A recipe *must* be made in a standard square baking pan to be considered a casserole. False! A casserole can be made in round, oval, or other-shaped dishes, too. They can even be made in cast-iron skillets!
Which casserole does Ree joke that Ladd “basically proposed to me” over? Lasagna. “He loved this lasagna so much…he married me,” she says.
How many components does a casserole usually have? 5. A savory casserole generally has a protein, a starch, a vegetable, a sauce (or other binding ingredient), and cheese.
True or false: Casseroles are the best comfort food of all time. True, true, and true again. What other answer is there!?