10+ Fancy Casseroles to Impress Family and Friends
While mom's recipe box might be stuffed full of retro casserole recipes, a casserole doesn't have to be bland or old-fashioned. Next time you're entertaining, reach for one of these indulgent and show-stopping creations. From breakfast to dinner, we've got the perfect casserole recipe to wow family and guests alike.
Two-Toned Scalloped Potatoes
Using both sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes gives classic, comforting scalloped potatoes a delicious upgrade. Perfect for family gatherings and holiday dinners at any point in the year, this impressive potato side dish delivers creamy richness, robust savory flavor, and a delightful crunch with a herby panko-pecan topping. You can assemble the dish (minus the topping) ahead of time and refrigerate up to 12 hours before you're ready to bake.
Why limit French fried onions to green bean casserole? We love them on this cheesy squash casserole, too.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole Recipe
Using a long-grain and wild rice mix and toasted almonds in chicken casserole makes it a little bit dressier and fit for company during the holidays.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Production Editor Hazel and her daughter prefer a marshmallow-free sweet potato casserole that Hazel has made since she was a teenager. Our modern twist on the classic sweet potato casserole is a fragrant vanilla bean streusel.
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole Recipe
This overnight casserole could be breakfast, but it could also be bread pudding—in short, it's the perfect thing to serve on a chilly Saturday morning. Cinnamon and comforting, it's just sweet enough to be eaten as-is, but it's also nice topped with a little butter and maple syrup.
Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Casserole
Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Casserole Recipe
This simple but hearty casserole has a good balance of sweet-vegetal cauliflower, deeply sweet shallots, and tangy goat cheese, while pine nuts provide some tastiness and textural contrast. Parcooking the cauliflower keeps it from mushing out in the casserole, and using a shortcut like pre-floreted cauliflower helps get this done super fast. Go for a goat cheese log instead of crumbles—it melts much more easily. It's easy enough for a weeknight, but is tasty and comforting enough for a special occasion.
Easy French Toast Casserole
Easy French Toast Casserole Recipe
This easy french toast casserole is a rich and decadent addition to any breakfast or brunch table. If you don't want to use the orange liqueur, you can substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons of orange juice.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe
This creamy, crowd-pleasing casserole delivers generously on cheesy, savory flavor—but requires a fraction of the fuss of classic chicken cordon bleu. The key to this chicken cordon bleu casserole's incredible, bubbly richness is the stovetop cheese sauce made with Swiss and Gruyère.
Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian
Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian Recipe
Tian, a French word used throughout Provence, refers to both a shallow cooking vessel and the food cooked in it. An 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish works well for this eggplant, zucchini, and tomato creation, but if you have a 2-quart tian or gratin dish, all the better.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Rosemary and Goat Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole with Rosemary and Goat Cheese Recipe
This savory take on sweet potato casserole has a lovely nuttiness and aromatic nature. The tang of the goat cheese plays nicely with the sweetness of the potatoes, while the crunchy pecans and crispy rosemary give a great texture and incredible looks. It's like the traditional sweet potato casserole aesthetic, but with a little more personality, plus cheese.
French Onion Green Bean Casserole
French Onion Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Green bean casserole is great, but we just made it better. Our French Onion Green Bean Casserole is cheesy, creamy, and decadent, with a nice balance of Gruyere béchamel sauce, fresh blanched green beans, caramelized onions, and shaved Parmesan.
Easy Butternut Squash Casserole
Easy Butternut Squash Casserole Recipe
This delightful twist on sweet potato casserole is sweet, warm, and comforting. If you're short on time, use Whole Foods' canned butternut squash purée instead of roasting your own. Marshmallows are optional, but recommended.