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The Best Winter Casserole Dishes

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Winter is the perfect time for cooking warm and tasty casseroles and there's still time to try out a few more before the spring weather arrives! No matter what the temperature is outside, put on your coziest sweater and turn on your Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock. This unique stoneware dish is designed to create ultimate comfort food - lasagnas, casseroles and even desserts - with simplicity and convenience in mind. 

Slowly cooked to perfection, these casserole recipes will create a warm and hearty meal for the entire family to enjoy. Give one of these four casseroles a try!

Shepherd's Pie
Nothing says comfort like tender, juicy beef topped with creamy mashed potatoes. The addition of a dark Guinness adds even more robust flavor to this tasty dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth (low-sodium)
  • 1 cup Guinness, or other stout beer
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter.

Directions

  1. Brown ground beef in the stovetop-safe insert of a slow cooker over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Working in batches, sear the beef until browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes per batch. 
  2. Transfer the insert with the ground beef into your slow cooker and add carrots, onion, beef broth, Guinness, tomato paste, all-purpose flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Top with the potatoes, nestling them into the liquid.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours, until potatoes are tender.
  5. Transfer potatoes to a medium bowl. 
  6. Add frozen peas to slow cooker, cover and warm for about 2 to 3 minutes until peas are heated through.
  7. Mash potatoes with milk and butter, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve the shepherd's pie stew topped with the mashed potatoes, enjoy warm.
Shepherd's pie is one of the best comfort foods during a snow storm.Shepherd's pie is one of the best comfort foods during a snow storm.

Cheesy Ravioli Casserole
Warm up and satisfy all your cheesy pasta cravings with this gourmet ravioli casserole dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can four-cheese spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 packages frozen beef-filled ravioli
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped.

Directions

  1. Cook onion and garlic with olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is tender.
  2. Stir in spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. 
  3. Bring 1 cup of the sauce mixture to the bottom of your slow cooker. Add in 1 package of frozen ravioli and top with 1 cup of cheese. Top with remaining frozen ravioli package, remaining mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours or until ravioli are tender.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole
This twist on the classic comfort food casserole is light, creamy and just as gratifying as ever.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/3 cup cream of mushroom
  • 1 1/3 cup cream of chicken
  • 16 ounce bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.

Directions

  1. Place cooked quinoa in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place on top of quinoa.
  3. Top with cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, broccoli florets and chicken broth.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  5. Add cheese on top and continue to cook for another 30 minutes.
Spice up broccoli with tasty, tender chicken breasts and wholesome quinoa.Spice up broccoli with tasty, tender chicken breasts and wholesome quinoa.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This flavorful and hearty Mexican dish will be a hit with the entire family. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans chopped green chiles
  • 1 can condescend cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can green chile enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 12 corn tortillas, cut into 3/4-inch strips
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream.

Directions

  1. Spray your slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Spread 1 can of green chiles on the bottom.
  3. Mix together the remaining green chiles, the soup, enchilada sauce and mayonnaise.
  4. Place 1/3 of tortilla strips on top of green chiles in your slow cooker. Top with 1 cup of chicken, 1/2 cup of black beans and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce mix.
  5. Spread to edges of slow cooker to ensure that all tortilla strips are covered.
  6. Repeat these layers twice, reserving the last 1/2 cup of cheese.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  8. Top with remaining cheese and warm until melted.
  9. Serve warm with tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream and enjoy!
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.
 
 

 

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