Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dish, usually of earthenware, glass, or cast iron, in which food is both baked and served.
  • noun Food prepared and served in such a dish.
  • noun Chemistry A small-handled, deep porcelain crucible used for heating and evaporating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stew-pan or saucepan.
  • noun Hence— A dish prepared in such a pan; a sort of stew: as, a casserole of mutton.
  • noun A sort of cup made of rice, mashed potatoes, or the like, and browned in the oven, designed to contain some delicate and highly flavored dish.
  • noun Less properly, a rim or edging, as of rice, around the edge of a dish of stew, or the like.
  • noun A small handled dish, almost as deep as it is wide, made of porcelain, and holding from 5 to 20 ounces, used in chemical laboratories for evaporating solutions to dryness and for other purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A small round dish with a handle, usually of porcelain.
  • noun (Cookery) A mold (in the shape of a hollow vessel or incasement) of boiled rice, mashed potato or paste, baked, and afterwards filled with vegetables or meat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dish of glass or earthenware, with a lid, in which food is baked and sometimes served.
  • noun Food, such as a stew, cooked in such a dish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun food cooked and served in a casserole
  • noun large deep dish in which food can be cooked and served

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, saucepan, diminutive of Old French casse, ladle, pan, from Old Provençal cassa, from Medieval Latin cattia, dipper, from Greek kuathion, diminutive of kuathos, ladle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French casserole.

Examples

  • The term casserole means "saucepan" in French, but a more modern translation should be

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  • Either way, the point being that while this casserole is absurdly easy and kind of reminds you of 1950s era casserole with its reliance on canned soup, it packs a wollop of flavor.

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  • This casserole is a great example of comfort food.

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  • Either way, the point being that while this casserole is absurdly easy and kind of reminds you of 1950s era casserole with its reliance on canned soup, it packs a wollop of flavor.

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  • While the casserole is baking, prepare the seafood.

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  • Remove the foil and continue baking until the casserole is quite hot throughout the rice (maybe another 15 minutes at the most).

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  • While the casserole is baking, prepare the seafood.

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  • Remove the foil and continue baking until the casserole is quite hot throughout the rice (maybe another 15 minutes at the most).

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  • When you are close to finishing the seafood, remove the casserole from the oven (do not let it stay in the oven for longer than 25 minutes), but leave it covered until you are done.

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  • When you are close to finishing the seafood, remove the casserole from the oven (do not let it stay in the oven for longer than 25 minutes), but leave it covered until you are done.

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