I just opened up a can of worms.
I Googled the difference between a ‘hot dish’ and a ‘casserole’.
The reason I decided to go down that rabbit hole rests squarely with my British neighbor.
To her, a casserole is meat, cut into cubes, and cooked with a small amount of liquid in a covered dish in the oven. Nothing else…. just the meat and, possibly, a bit of onion.
She will ‘do a casserole with the lamb’.
I will ‘braise the lamb’.
First: the recipe; followed by how to determine what to call it…. if you care.
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Sausage, Spinach, Rice Casserole
This is an ‘oven dinner’. I wanted something easier than a skillet dinner. Mix everything together and bake.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: One Dish Dinners
- 10oz (300gr) smoked sausage, sliced
- 8oz (250gr) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
- 2 tbs Dijon mustard
- 4 tbs Greek yogurt
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth, heated
- 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese
- 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) grated Parmesan
- Combine sausage, spinach, rice, mustard, yogurt and mix well.
- Put into a casserole.
- Pour the broth over the top
- Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
- Cover and bake for 35 minutes 400F (200C).
- Uncover, sprinkle with Parmesan, and bake 10 minutes longer.
- Remove and serve.
Use any type of sausage you like. I heated the broth in the micro to give the rice a head start in the oven.
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 639
- Sugar: 5.7 g
- Sodium: 2800.6 mg
- Fat: 25.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 9.6 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 55.9 g
- Fiber: 3.6 g
- Protein: 42.6 g
- Cholesterol: 189.4 mg
Keywords: Sausage, Spinach, Rice
According to Google there are many and no differences between a hot dish and a casserole.
A casserole is the container and a hot dish is the food.
A casserole is a light meal and a hot dish is a hearty meal.
A casserole has chicken or tuna and a hot dish has ground beef.
A casserole is the term used in the south for the same thing that is a hot dish in the north.
Snobs call it a casserole while ordinary folk call it a hot dish.
Clueless people call it a casserole while those ‘in the know’ call it a hot dish.
Some people call it both in the same sentence: ‘I’ll bring a hot dish – Tuna Casserole’. Or the other way round.
Lasagne is a hot dish.
Lasagne is a casserole.
Or we could call them all ‘gratin’.
Or ‘oven dinner’.
The quest rests.