Janet's Notebook
Let's Get Crazy for Casseroles!


Apple and Sausage French Toast Casserole


Casseroles come in all types and can include more ingredients than green beans and cream of mushroom soup. (Although ... I do love a good green bean casserole!). To me they are a perfect meal. Not sure if it's cold by you, but where I live it has been colder than usual. Casseroles are the type of dishes that I gravitate towards at this time of year.

Connie Ottman's Connie's Sirloin Casserole is one of those recipes that, after initial preparation, you fix it and forget it. "I had 2 1/2 pounds of big chunks of top sirloin with the bone in. Didn't have a clue what to do with them," explains Connie about how she came up with this dish. "It's absolutely delicious." I love the gravy that this recipe created. Your guests will be very impressed when you bring this to the table.

Betty Graves' Tuna Noodle Casserole with Cream Cheese was a big hit around the Test Kitchen table and we're sure it will be a hit at your table too. "I like this recipe because it is made with cream cheese instead of cream of mushroom soup," says Betty. The addition of cream cheese was just as delicious as you would imagine it to be. This is one extraordinarily rich and creamy casserole.

"This recipe was born out of wanting to change some things up and have something a little different," explains Joelle Teague of her Baked Potato Casserole. "This has become my requested dish for every family function we go to because everyone loves it so much." Well, add us to the chorus of fans! I've taken this to potlucks and been the hit of the party. Savory and flavorful, this is one very satisfying dish.

Casseroles don't have to be only for dinner. There are some great breakfast casserole recipes too!

The aroma from Jackie Mento's Apple and Sausage French Toast Casserole with Cinnamon Syrup is divine. "When my family has reunions we love making breakfast the night before so there is less cleanup to do in the morning," says Jackie. "The first person up starts the coffee and puts the breakfast casserole in the oven." It's a wonderful way to start your day.

Looking for a new way to serve grits and eggs in the morning? Well, Julia Carpenter's Grits Breakfast Bake is delish. "I try to cook breakfast for my husband's bank every week or two; this is their favorite," says Julia. The smoked sausage is a delight, so don't skimp, ya hear? Also, I can imagine this being just as divine with any number of cheese combinations. Grab your favorite varieties and get creative!

Casseroles are great to throw together with items you already have. I encourage you to open the fridge, take a look in the pantry and see what you can whip up. And make sure to share what you've come up with, we're sure it will be heavenly!



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9 Comments
paintedcookie
Judy Kaye - Feb 9, 2014
Yes. Self raising flour has both 1/4 t salt and 1 t baking powder per cup. Adjust your recipe to 1/2 t. or 1 t. and that should take care of the salty taste. Many recipes call for more salt then is needed. My rule of thumb is 1/2 to 1 tsp. of salt for 3 cups of flour or less adjusting for more if more then 3 cups of flour is called for. I hope this helps.
Carol_Vela
Carol Vela - Feb 9, 2014
HI ALL WELL MY ? IS ,,I USED SELF RISEN FLOUR TO MAKE BREAD AND IT CAME OUT GREAT BUT U CAN TASTE SALT,,, IT CALLED FOR 2.t . IS THERE SALT IN THE FLOUR?????????????????
firemanbob59
Bob Cooney - Feb 6, 2014
and Fireman Bob doesn't let any " embers " remain burning.....
firemanbob59
Bob Cooney - Feb 6, 2014
I have sent the Help desk an email with another bigger issue... more later....
mikasldy
Sandy Mika - Feb 6, 2014
it does say up to 3, I've seen others with more then one.
StillWild
Donna Graffagnino - Feb 6, 2014
Hmmm.. I might have entered a different recipe if I knew I only had one to enter.
mikasldy
Sandy Mika - Feb 6, 2014
me either I thought it was suppose to be up to 3 recipes.
StillWild
Donna Graffagnino - Feb 6, 2014
How come I can't enter more than 1 recipe in the contest? I see where others have entered twice but I can't get the link to work! HELP!
JoAnneG
JoAnne Graham - Feb 4, 2014
Yes, casseroles are a good item for this time of the year, but I do like them anytime of the seasons. I would like to see some low calorie casseroles since trying to diet. I said trying. :)