Every food enthusiast knows that preparing the food gives as much joy (or even more) as eating or having others eat the food. As someone who loves cooking, I try to recruit as many people as I can into the cult so that they can also derive as much pleasure and joy I derive from it. You got that right, one of my favorite meals is casseroles and yeah, cheesy potato casseroles rank high. This site is dedicated to cheesy potato casseroles and aims to be a one stop shop on everything you need to know about making tasty cheesy potato casseroles and other potato casseroles generally.
A Recent Invention (?)
Well, cheesy potato casseroles as we know them today are more recent than would be expected. Of course, the traditional casseroles can be traced as far back as the mid 1700s but they were commonly made majorly from rice and other ingredients. The casseroles of today which are not made from rice are also baked in ovens rather than cooked over fire.
Food or Cooking Vessel?
For the uninitiated, a casserole also refers to the container that the cheesy potato casserole is cooked in. In Britain, it’s commonly referred to as a bake while in other places it’s also called a casserole dish or a casserole pan. Of course, you can’t make casseroles without a casserole dish.
The thing I like about cheesy potato casserole is the fact that it can serve as a side dish or the main course and either of these is a delight when properly cooked. The combination of potato and cheese also makes the casserole not only tasty, but also healthy, nutritious and filling. Still in doubt? Check these out:
- Cheese is a good source of calcium, protein and phosphorus,
- Cheese has been found to prevent tooth decay,
- Increased consumption of cheese tends to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and abdominal fat,
- Potato is rich in protein, potassium and vitamin c,
- Potato has no fat nor cholesterol,
- Potato is a good source of fiber.
Evidently, cheesy potato casserole is definitely good for the family and even gatherings on potlucks!
When preparing cheesy potato casseroles, the secret to their turning out fine lies in how the cooking is done. They should be cooked slowly in an oven to allow the heat to circulate evenly around the casserole dish. Adding beer, gin, cider, vegetable juice, wine and other liquids to the prepared casserole also makes it tastier. A large number of recipes for making cheesy potato casseroles and other casseroles are available and more are being added daily. Thus, as a beginner, you should start out with the simple recipes before graduating to the more technical ones. Also, try to make small servings for a few people(and get feedback) before volunteering for that neighborhood potluck!