These are so tasty, fast, and easy to customize: also great to prep ahead!
Hungarian Baked Cauliflower with Swiss Cheese – Rakkot Karfiol
I have nothing against plain cauliflower, but adding a light gravy and a good quantity of swiss cheese and breadcrumbs gives it a creamy-crispy golden deliciousness that’s pretty great. Also useful as a vegetarian foil to the sauerkraut and all the pork possible casserole I’ve already posted. Separating the cauliflower out into bite-size pieces is…
Polenta Cheese Bake – Polenta Pasticciata
Jump to Recipe This update to my “Ceci Polenta” recipe is now a casserole with melted cheese and caramelized onions and it’s super easy to make ahead. So yeah, that’s going to automatically make it one of my favorites. Also, having a delicious vegetarian gluten free Italian recipe in my arsenal is not a bad thing…
Sauerkraut Pork Casserole – Kolozsvári rakott káposzta
If you love Eastern European smoked sausage as much as I do, you’ll find this recipe balances rich smoky meat wonderfully with sauerkraut and spices – made ahead. the melding of the different seasonings is especially delicious.
Quick & Easy Apple Pie Bars
The best part of this is the crispy, crunchy top. Way better than a traditional pie crust that has to be made separately. Or maybe it’s the way the layer hides gooey caramelized “cake” beneath studded with lots of juicy apple chunks. There certainly isn’t a bottom crust. Who needs it? I think the magazine…
Lentil Meadow Pie
The first time my sister made it, we almost started a fight over the last piece. Since then we always make it in large quantities, and it frequently appears at holidays and parties, since it’s a delicious dish that’s easy to make ahead and vegetarian – yet also appealing to picky eaters.
Rhubarb Pie Bars
Rhubarb is one thing we grow lots of in our garden – when we were asked to bring treats to a garden training, I though it was a good excuse to try this recipe, which uses a lot of rhubarb to feed a lot of people in one dish. The recipe included a very sweet nut topping which I think I might leave out next time, though it did dress it up nicely.
Psari Plaki – Greek Fish with Tomato Sauce
My brother made this dish for our Mediterranean dinner yesterday – it was a new recipe for us, but one that stood out, even among some favorite recipes, as one to try again soon. With the help of a food processor, the sauce came together very simply, then the fish went into the oven while the rest of the meal came together and was done very shortly.
Puerto Rican – Pastelón Plantain Casserole
A wonderful family recipe from my friend Iris – the “structure” is similar to lasagna or moussaka and many other layered casseroles from around the world, but the flavor is completely unique, the faint sweetness of the plantains contrasting with the richly seasoned meat filling.
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