PICTURED: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON
By the time the warm weather hits, most of us are ready to shed our heavy coats and change up our old routines. Some are harder to give up than others, though, and the convenience, comfort, and simplicity of a dinner pan is one of them. Fear not: we’re here to tell you that you CAN enjoy hot, bubbly casserole in the summer. Ditch winter dishes like green bean stew and sweet potato stew for summer flavor combinations, fresh produce, and stews inspired by outdoor dining. Check out our 26 summer casseroles for ideas – don’t put that baking dish away just yet!
One of the best things about a casserole is its ability to feed a hungry crowd, and that’s no different during the summer. So for “summer” our favorite comfort food, we drew inspiration from our favorite summertime activities and flavors. Love a weeknight dinner on the grill, but feeling under-motivated (or the weather not cooperating?) Try our Cheeseburger Cassers (including a “skinny” version) or our Chili Cheese Dog Casserole . They have everything you want from a barbecue, without having to stand over a hot grill. Feeling a Mexican food vibe, but don’t want to put together a million individual-sized options (tacos, quesadillas, etc.)? Try our taco stew or our chicken enchilada stew. They’re super easy to put together, which means you’ll have more time to whip up margaritas to go with them. Watching the game and don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen when the big game happens? Try our Jalapeño Cheese Gratin, Buffalo Chicken Stew, or Tater Tot Stew. They’re just as good as your favorite apps, but a ton less work.
During the summer, we like to garnish our recipes with as many seasonal products as possible. Cassers are great ways to use up plenty of zucchini, eggplant, sweet corn, and even pineapple. Check out our cowboy corn stew, squash stew, cornbread stew, pineapple stew (trust us) or vegetarian moussaka (think shepherd’s pie, but with eggplant!) for ideas.
Want more summer inspiration? Also discover our favorite summer salads, our summer soups and our summer desserts.