Or hotdish (yes, it’s one word) as we say in the frozen north.
What’s the distinction?
Really. If you’re from the north and have Norwegian heritage, you say hotdish. Elsewhere – basically once you hit Lake Michigan and go East, you’re in casserole land. Go south – casserole. Go west – casserole. Guess only the cool folks call it a hotdish.
A hotdish is simply a hot dish, typically baked in a casserole pan.
Now, some hotdish purists will say it needs to have canned or frozen veggies, meat, starch and a can of cream of _____ soup to be a hotdish.
I tend to side with the simple definition of the word – a hot dish. And, if that is the case, I’ve got an amazing hotdish to share with you.
Think stuffed peppers that have exploded (in a good way) in your pan – warm and gooey rice, yummy peppers, toss in some meat if you wish, and smother it with cheese and tomatoes.
Whether you call it a hotdish or a casserole, you should make this hot dish for your family soon. It’s a keeper.
Casserole Hotdish – Adapted from A Kitchen Addiction
- 1/2 lb. ground turkey, beef or Italian sausage
- 3 medium bell peppers (red, orange, green, yellow… your choice)
- 1/2 small onion, wedged
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
- 2 C brown rice, cooked
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 C cubed Mozzarella cheese
- 4 oz. sliced Mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, begin by sautéing the diced bell peppers and onions over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until crisp-tender.
Add in the minced garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes.
Stir in 1/2 lb. browned ground beef, turkey or Italian sausage. We used a mixture of ground beef and ground turkey. Stir well.
Stir in 1 can (or about 2 C) tomato sauce and 2 C cooked brown rice.
Top that with 1/4 C cubed (or kind of cubed) mozzarella cheese bits.
Stir together and mix in 1 tsp. Italian seasoning.
Pour into a lightly greased 3 quart casserole dish or an 9x13 glass baking dish.
Layer thinly sliced Mozzarella cheese over the top.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and browned.
So, is it a casserole, or a hotdish?