Definition of casserole in US English:



  • 1A kind of stew or side dish that is cooked slowly in an oven.

    ‘a chicken casserole’
    • ‘Add extra meat, poultry, fish or beans (pinto, navy, black, kidney) to casseroles, soups or stews.’
    • ‘In place of the stews, casseroles and roast meals that are traditional winter warming food, the organisers will be serving salads to go with a hog roast.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder that at this time of year we naturally turn to stews, soups, chowders, casseroles and such?’
    • ‘Pork belly fat and salt pork from the belly and sides of the pig are tender and best when smoked or salt cured for use in stews, casseroles, or cooked as for bacon.’
    • ‘The doorbell rang out through the house just as Mom was pulling her chicken casserole from the oven.’
    • ‘Peel the potatoes and lay them on top of the casserole, so they will steam while the stew cooks.’
    • ‘With pumpkins and butternut squash, you can also roast the seeds to serve with drinks or for sprinkling over stews and casseroles to give added crunch.’
    • ‘You can also use bran products as a crunchy topping for casseroles, salads or cooked vegetables.’
    • ‘The week before pay day is the time I'm most likely to be cooking up casseroles from unidentifiable bits of meat from the freezer, and staying in to do the ironing.’
    • ‘Made from soybeans, TVP comes in granules, chunks and flakes and is great in stews, casseroles, chili and veggie burgers.’
    • ‘And if you're not up to cooking a casserole, pop some part-made bread from the supermarket in the oven to get those home-made smells going.’
    • ‘All sorts of casseroles, stews and braised dishes work well cooked in just one pot, but you can also consider soup for starters and steamed or baked sponge pudding afterwards.’
    • ‘The more popular American version of the dumpling is a type of biscuit, which consists of heavy dough dropped into simmering savory stews and casseroles.’
    • ‘We had divided up the evening meals between us: Friday night came courtesy of P who had cooked a wonderful casserole similar to cassoulet, full of pork, beans and root vegetables.’
    • ‘Although stews and casseroles are often associated with winter, pot-roasting is, to my mind, the perfect bridge between heavy, hearty winter fare and lighter summer food.’
    • ‘I also make chicken casseroles (never beef - I haven't eaten it since I got put off by the whole BSE thing).’
    • ‘The finished dumplings can be boiled in a saucepan of water for about 40 minutes or can be added to casseroles, soups or stews for the equivalent time before the end of the cooking period.’
    • ‘When the weather is cold and stormy, we tend to eat more - not just for the cozy feeling of snacking, but because we crave the comforting heat of casseroles, stews and roasts warming us from the inside out.’
    • ‘Duck is also really great for casseroles and stews.’
    • ‘You can also add three or four berries (which have the same aromatic, spicy flavour as the leaves) to stews and casseroles.’
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    1. 1.1 A large covered dish, typically of earthenware or glass, used for cooking casseroles.
      • ‘When glazed on both sides, the casserole is meant for oven cooking only.’
      • ‘Layer ingredients in the following order in a casserole dish.’
      • ‘Wash the roots and put them in a casserole dish with a lid.’
      • ‘Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large flameproof casserole or deep saucepan (one with a lid); it should be wide enough to hold all the chicken pieces in a single layer.’
      • ‘A stew such as the chicken and pepper dish featured here is cooked in a casserole, then served from the dish, perhaps with some mash made from regular or sweet potatoes.’
      • ‘Heat the olive oil in a large, lidded frying pan or flameproof casserole, and brown the lamb shanks well on all sides.’
      • ‘A homey little lamb stew in a ceramic casserole needs nothing more complicated than red wine, tomato and garlic to make its point.’
      • ‘Spoon any remaining stuffing into a baking dish or casserole: cover and chill until you're ready to bake it (about an hour before the turkey is scheduled to come out of the oven).’
      • ‘Heat a casserole dish or wide-bottomed pan, add the oil and fry the cod steaks for about 4 minutes on either side until golden.’
      • ‘Pour mixture into a greased, flour-dusted, two-quart souffle dish or casserole.’
      • ‘When you're ready to serve them pop them into a casserole in a moderate oven for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, if you have not already roasted the pork and veal, start from scratch by putting the onions, celery, carrots and black cabbage into a casserole with a little olive oil and water, and letting it become soft.’
      • ‘Once nice and brown, remove the chicken pieces from the pan and sauté one chopped onion in the casserole and cook until translucent.’
      • ‘Pour the macaroni mixture into the prepared casserole dish.’
      • ‘First I sautéed onion and garlic in a casserole, and while cooking it I peeled and chopped a lot of carrots (they were so small I neede a lot of them, you know).’
      • ‘Layer one half into the bottom of the casserole dish, and then add a layer of cheese.’
      • ‘Spray an 8x8-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and spread batter in bottom of dish.’
      • ‘Warm the olive oil in a deep casserole over a moderate heat, add the onion and let it soften and colour lightly, stirring it from time to time so that it does not brown.’
      • ‘Heat the oil in a casserole dish, ideally one that fits the meat snugly (or use a large frying pan and then transfer the joint to a casserole dish).’
      • ‘Combine mixture well and spread in a greased casserole dish.’


[with object]
  • Cook (food) slowly in a casserole.

    ‘casseroled chicken’
    • ‘I would start with stuffed squid; the world's best squid can be found on Gozo, followed by bean soup and fenek - rabbit casseroled in red wine and garlic.’
    • ‘For the main course, my mother opted for lamb casseroled with mushrooms, garlic and rosemary and finished with cream.’
    • ‘And although it does lend itself to casseroling, a young, plump rabbit joint will roast well, perhaps covered in a herb or mustard crust.’
    • ‘From traditional roast to casseroled, minced or fried, lamb is a wonderful and all too often underrated meat.’
    • ‘Chicken pie was a cheat in that the kitchen relies on the lazy pub habit of putting a pastry cap on a bowl of casseroled fowl - decent flavour, though.’
    • ‘And although casseroled, the flavour of each meat was intact.’
    • ‘I won't tell if you don't - doesn't matter a jot when it's going to be casseroled, anyway.’
    • ‘Perfect for picnics or shooting parties, or as dessert after roasted grouse or casseroled game.’
    • ‘They trick her into eating the casseroled rabbit for dinner.’
    braise, casserole, fricassee, simmer, boil
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Early 18th century: from French, diminutive of casse ‘spoon-like container’, from Old Provençal casa, from late Latin cattia ‘ladle, pan’, from Greek kuathion, diminutive of kuathos ‘cup’.