Whether you’re a home cook or a seasoned professional, you can rely on casserole dishes for flavorful one-dish meals that can feed a full table. Use them to cook and serve meals such as baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, salads and even cake.
Casserole Dish Materials
Select a casserole dish that can go safely from the oven to the table and into the freezer. Cook, serve and store leftovers in just one dish. Casserole pans come in a variety of materials. Consider the follow-ing when selecting the right casserole dish for your baking needs:
• Cast-Iron and Stoneware Casserole Dishes. Stoneware and cast-iron casserole dishes are heavy, durable bakeware that allow even heating of food. Look for options suitable for both stovetop and oven use.
• Ceramic and Glass. These lightweight dishes make for easy transport, whether you’re going from the kitchen to the dining room or you’re taking a dish to a potluck. The easy-to-clean dishwasher-safe materials are also typically microwave-safe.
• Stainless Steel. While less traditional, stainless steel models are a highly durable option that easily transfer heat for even cooking. Most stainless steel casserole dishes are round.
To ensure safe transport of your casserole pans, look for models with large, sturdy handles. A casse-role dish with a lid helps food retain moisture, flavor and warmth.
Choose a Color
Simmer, sear and roast using casserole pans in a wide range of colors, such as sapphire blue, green, purple, copper and pink. Choose a monochromatic casserole dish set in multiple sizes for a pop of pri-mary color in your kitchen. Modern white casserole dishes add a clean accent to the table and work well in both formal and casual settings.