A casserole is a large, deep baking dish that can be used both in the oven and as a serving dish. Casserole is also what you call the food baked inside it, which is often a complete, gooey, one-dish meal.

You can use the word casserole for a ceramic, glass, or metal baking dish that goes right from the oven to the table, and you can also call the food that's cooked in it a casserole. Many casseroles are thick and warm comfort food, baked by thoughtful people in aprons. Cream of mushroom soup is a popular ingredient in a casserole. In French, casserole means "sauce pan," from the Latin root cattia, "pan" or "vessel."

Definitions of casserole

n large deep dish in which food can be cooked and served

a small casserole in which individual portions can be cooked and served
Type of:
a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food

n food cooked and served in a casserole

chicken casserole
chicken cooked and served in a casserole
chicken cacciatora, chicken cacciatore, hunter's chicken
chicken casserole prepared with tomatoes and mushrooms and herbs in the Italian style
Type of:
a particular item of prepared food

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