I remember seeing the Casserole Queens many years ago on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown on the Food Network. I was intrigued by their business: two women working together to make family meals, delivered to locals in Austin, Texas. I checked out their website recently and learned that they were releasing a new book: The Casserole Queens Make-a-Meal Cookbook. I contacted the publisher, who sent me a copy to review – Woohoo!
In this book, authors Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock share delicious, homestyle recipes that can be quickly prepared and placed in the oven to cook. There’s something for everyone – rich and decadent entrees, light sides, vegetarian options, and gluten-free recipes. Desserts, too, of course! The center of this book contains pages of full-color photos of various dishes. I created several recipes from this book to share with my family. This was my favorite!
Savory French Onion Tart
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 onions, chopped
- 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 5 large eggs
- 3 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pie crusts, homemade or store bought (I used this tart crust recipe)
- 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large saute pan set over medium heat, melt butter, then add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened, but do not let them brown. Add the bacon and cook for about 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Line a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with the pie crust and prick the bottom with a fork. Spread the onions and bacon in the casserole dish and sprinkle with the cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the top.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden.
*This dish can be gluten-free by replacing the pie crust with a gluten-free pie crust, either store bought or homemade (recipe included in the book).
This is the tart in the pan.
And here it is served as a meal, with sweet potato oven fries and sauteed kale. This tart makes great leftovers the next day and can be served at brunch, lunch, or dinner.
I also tried the recipe for brownies. I substituted out the vegetable oil and used melted butter. Delicious!
And this is the Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. Instead of using chicken pieces, I followed the same recipe to roast an entire chicken. The chicken and vegetables created a delicious broth at the bottom that I used in my homemade chili the next day.
BUY IT! The Casserole Queens Make-a-Meal Cookbook retails for just $17.99, but is available on Amazon.com for just $12.98.
*I received this cookbook for free to review. The opinions expressed are honest and provided without monetary compensation.