Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes Sausage Casserole

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This easy dinner idea uses Betty Crocker Potato Mixes for a casserole recipe you will love. Betty Crocker Potatoes use 100 percent real potatoes which give the best flavor. These potato mixes are available in 11 different varieties of casserole potatoes to include Au Gratin, Three Cheese, Scalloped, Julienne, Cheesy Scalloped, Loaded Casserole, Sour Cream and Chives, Cheesy Hashbrown, Parmesan and Asiago, Cheddar Bacon and Roasted Garlic. This easy dinner idea takes 35 minutes to put on the table and makes the perfect breakfast or dinner idea for you and your family.

Casserole recipes also known as one dish meals are one of the most popular family-friendly meal ideas. The word casserole came from the French and was first printed in English in 1708, and actually defines the food idea used for baking. Casserole recipes became very popular in America in the 1950s, when glass and lightweight metal bakeware were first introduced to consumers. Casserole recipes usually contain cooked meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and vegetables. Casserole recipes are usually bound with some kind of sauce recipe or soup and then often topped with some crumbs and cheese. Many of the casserole recipes use prepared canned soups, but you can also substitute this with a seasoned white sauce recipe or a lower-fat cream soup recipe substitute. Most casserole recipes can be frozen but should be used within two months. You can also freeze a casserole recipe that is cooked or a casserole that is uncooked right in its baking dish. For this you will want to first line the baking dish with some aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang of the foil to cover and seal in the food later. Add casserole ingredients and either freeze immediately or cook, cool to room temperature, then freeze. Once frozen, you can use the foil overhanging to lift it out of the baking dish. Cover the casserole recipe tightly with the excess aluminum foil then seal in a freezer bag, or double bag the dish. Be sure to label it, so you'll know what casserole it is in a few months, and mark the dish with the date. You can then thaw the casserole and cook it in the dish in the original baking dish. Thaw the casserole recipe in the refrigerator overnight, or allow the dish about double the cooking time in a 350-degree oven. Check the casserole with a knife inserted into the center if you are thawing and cooking at the same time.

Casserole recipes are a good go to for your weeknight easy dinner ideas, and with so many options they make for a variety of family-friendly meal ideas. You can even come up with your own casserole recipes depending on the ingredients you have in your pantry and refrigerator. There are several casserole recipes topping ideas and garnishes. Some of the casserole toppings you can try to include French fried onions, bread crumbs, crushed potato chips, crumbled bacon, grated or shredded cheese which is added near the end of cooking, cracker crumbs, buttered herbed bread crumbs and chopped pecans or other chopped nuts. Casserole garnishes can include shredded lettuce, tomato wedges, pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced hard boiled eggs, fresh parsley or herbs, sliced green onions and shredded cheese. This Betty Crocker casserole recipe is just one of the easy dinner ideas you can try, instead of the sausage you can substitute ground hamburger or cooked chicken, depending on what you have in the kitchen.

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