Casseroles to Make Every Month in 2020
January: Curried Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe: Curried Chicken Pot Pie
With a new year comes new intentions, one of which is often the desire to cook more and try new, interesting recipes. This flavorful spin on old-fashioned chicken pot pie is the perfect place to start. Warm and comforting for a cold January night, the unexpected curry flavor will wow your family and get them excited for a year of amazing dinners.
February: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
What do Southern cooks do when they love a dish? Make it into a big-batch casserole, that’s what! This fun recipe can fit in at Sunday brunch or Friday supper club with the neighbors, but we’re warning you: You’ll want to eat the “shrimp gravy,” or pan sauce, from this dish like a soup. It’s that delicious.
March: Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
This recipe, which first ran in our March 2001 issue, has everything Southerners love about casseroles. Not only does it boast a simple ingredient list that can easily be altered with what you have on hand, but it freezes beautifully and feeds a crowd. A favorite way to use leftover ham and spring vegetables, make one casserole to eat and one to freeze for a hectic night.
April: Asparagus Quiche
Recipe: Asparagus Quiche
If there’s one dish that’s always reliable for busy hostesses in the South, it’s quiche. Spring’s favorite veggie shines in this gorgeous casserole recipe that you can serve at brunch, lunch, or dinner. A braided crust makes it picture-perfect for Easter brunch, but buying store-bought saves precious time in the kitchen.
May: Easy Taco Casserole
Recipe: Easy Taco Casserole
Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo or are simply in need of a new 30-minute weeknight dinner, this fun recipe incorporates everything the kids love about Taco Tuesday into one dish. We have a feeling you’ll make this easy casserole on repeat this year.
June: Zucchini Lasagna
Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna
Showcase fresh summer zucchini in this crowd-pleasing, three-cheese lasagna recipe. If you’re a fan of Meatless Mondays or have a vegetarian in the family, this hearty supper is a delicious (and not to mention beautiful!) option.
July: Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Your favorite baked pasta recipe got a lightened up, summery makeover in this family-friendly recipe. If you went a little overboard on your farmers’ market run, this indulgent casserole is the easiest way to use up fresh squash, zucchini, and tomatoes. Plus, any recipe with three types of cheese on the ingredient list is automatically a winner in our book.
August: Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
Savor the last of summer’s farmers’ market produce with a colorful casserole that showcases several of our favorite fresh veggies—okra, tomatoes, and corn. With Cajun spices and a homemade garlic-butter breadcrumb topping, this meatless casserole makes a delicious side with grilled fish, chicken, or even your burgers at the neighborhood cookout.
September: Cheeseburger Casserole
Recipe: Cheeseburger Casserole
Instead of flipping patties at the tailgate, serve up this crowd-pleasing, portable casserole. All the flavors of your favorite burger star in the filling, but the crispy tater-tot, two-cheese, and bacon-bit topping is the true star of the show. “Just don’t count on having leftovers,” our Test Kitchen advises.
October: Shepherd's Pie with Potato Crust
Recipe: Shepherd's Pie with Potato Crust
Since Shepherd’s Pie was the most-searched recipe of 2019, it’s only fitting that you try a new twist on this old-school dish in 2020. Perfect for a chilly fall night, this hearty casserole uses in-season sweet potatoes in an Instagram-worthy crust that’s pretty enough for company. Bonus: You can prep the filling up to two days in advance for busy weeknights.
November: Leftover Turkey Casserole
Recipe: Leftover Turkey Casserole
We know that every Southern cook has a reliable list of side-dish casseroles for Thanksgiving every year, so we decided to give you something new to look forward to after Turkey Day. You won’t get bored of turkey sandwiches with this comforting casserole that’s kid-friendly and oh-so-easy.
December: Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole
If there’s one thing you should gift yourself this holiday season, it’s the joy of a make-ahead, big-batch brunch recipe. Whether for visiting family or the kids on Christmas morning, this festive French toast comes together the night before and is finished off with a snowy dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup-bourbon sauce.