Seafood Casserole Au Gratin

This warm and creamy seafood casserole au gratin is a perfect all-in-one solution for a busy weeknight or buffet table!  Comfort food at its finest!

Seafood Casserole Au Gratin

Seafood Casserole Au Gratin

Course Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 6
Calories 602 kcal


  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cubed (one block)
  • cups heavy cream
  • 12 oz cooked crabmeat, canned or thawed
  • 8 oz raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¾ cups cooked rice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½  cup butter-flavored crackers, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a large oven-safe skillet, saute the onion, celery, green pepper and mushrooms in 2 tbsp butter until soft.  
  • Stir cubed cream cheese and remaining butter into the vegetables until melted and well incorporated.  Mix in heavy cream.
  • Add crabmeat, shrimp, rice, garlic powder, hot sauce, cayenne, and salt to the skillet and combine with vegetables.
  • In a small bowl, combine cheddar cheese and cracker crumbs. 
  • Sprinkle cracker crumb mixture over the top of the seafood mixture.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Serve hot.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Hack:  Feel free to use your favorite vegetables in this casserole or whatever you have on hand.
  • Hack:  Frozen or dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.
  • Hack: Canned or jarred mushrooms can be used in this recipe.
  • Hack:  Feel free to use your favorite seafood in this recipe or whatever you have on hand.
  • Hack:  One 12 oz can of evaporated milk can be substituted for the cream.
  • Hack:  Shrimp can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  They can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking.  
  • Hack: Seafood can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealed bag and submerging them in a bath of cold water for about an hour.
Keyword baked, casserole, crab, creamy, hearty, seafood, shellfish, shrimp, stir fry, vegetarian

Did you know?  Shrimp is a healthy addition to your diet.  It provides a high amount of nutrients that aren’t abundant in other foods!

Suggestion:  Serve this dish with some freshly made authentic naan bread!

Loaded Shepherd’s Pie


Loaded Shepherd's Pie
Loaded Shepherd’s Pie

Loaded Shepherd’s Pie
(Courtesy: Jennifer Warren)


1 lb 80% ground beef

¼ cup chopped onion

¼ cup plain bread crumbs

½ teaspoon dried sage leaves

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1 egg

4 medium potatoes, peeled (if desired) and cut into 1” squares

¼ cup butter

½ tsp black pepper

⅓ cup sour cream

1 tbsp horseradish (optional)

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

¼ cup chopped fresh tomato

2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 medium green onions, chopped (2 tablespoons)


Heat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, bread crumbs, sage, ½ tsp salt and egg until well blended. Press in the bottom of an ungreased 8-inch square glass baking dish.

Place potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to a bowl and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.

Add butter, ½ tsp salt and pepper to potatoes. Use a hand masher or electric mixer to blend together. Add sour cream and horseradish. Mix until smooth, adding more sour cream, if necessary. Allow to cool for 30 minutes

Once potatoes are cool, spread evenly over the top of the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160℉. Sprinkle with tomato, bacon and green onions.

Serve immediately or store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


6 servings, 495 calories per serving

Hack:  2½ cups Horseradish Mashed Potatoes can be substituted for the fresh potatoes in this recipe.

Hack: ¼ cup of chopped frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe.

Hack: Separate any remaining uncooked bacon slices and roll them into individual pinwheels. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to freeze bacon slices. Place in a sealable freezer-safe bag or container. The frozen slices can then be used in the portions desired.

Hack: Store any leftover bacon grease tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. It can be used as a substitute for butter in various dishes. Caution: Use caution when cooking with bacon grease. It has a smoke point similar to butter, which is lower than oils.

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.



Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp
Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp


8 oz red cabbage, roughly chopped (3 cups)

1 cup onion, sliced

½“ ginger root, finely diced

2 tsp olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

8 oz 50-70 count raw shrimp, deveined and shelled

2 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp Sweet And Hot Chili Sauce

½ tsp sesame oil

1 cup cooked rice, hot


Preheat to 450°F. LIne a 9’ x 13” baking pan with parchment paper.

Place the cabbage, chopped ginger, and onion in the baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 14 to 16 minutes, or until slightly tender.

In the meantime, combine the garlic, honey, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and sesame oil to make a sauce. Dry shrimp with paper towels and place in a bowl.  Toss with 2 tablespoons sauce. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes.  Reserve remaining sauce.

When cabbage is done roasting, remove the pan from the oven, leaving the oven on.  Push cabbage to one side of the pan and lay shrimp on the other side of the pan in a single layer.  Discard any leftover marinade.

Roast 5 to 7 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Remove from the oven. Stir the roasted shrimp and cabbage to combine.

Serve the roasted shrimp and cabbage with the cooked rice. Top with the reserved sauce.


2 servings, 410 calories per serving

Hack:  Shrimp can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  Alternately, it can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking.

Hack:  Shrimp can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealable bag and submerging in a bath of cold water for about an hour.

Hack:  Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need.  They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.  If you find that you have leftover cabbage, use it to make this tasty colorful and creamy broccoli coleslaw or Oven Braised Pork Roast with Red Cabbage and Leek!

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in it’s frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Place any leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving size containers and freeze for future use.


Spicy Baked Red Bean Casserole

Serve this spicy red bean casserole with rice, cornbread or tortillas for a satisfying meal or corn chips as an appetizer!

Red Bean Casserole

Red Bean Casserole

Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 285 kcal


  • cup dried small red beans
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 slices bacon
  • tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large tomatoes (1 pound or 2 cups chopped)
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • tsp garam masala
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup pickled red onions


  • Cover beans with 2 cups of water and allow to soak for 6 - 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
  • Add 2 cups of water and beans to a saucepan. Turn heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until tender, checking occasionally to ensure there is enough water to keep beans from scorching. Drain excess water, if necessary.
  • (NOTE: The above step can be done ahead. Store beans tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Roughly chop onion and place in a blender or food processor with garlic, jalapeno and ginger. Puree until smooth adding a bit of water if necessary.
  • Cook bacon in a saute pan over medium-low heat until it's crispy and has rendered its fat. Add onion mixture, cumin and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the excess moisture has evaporated and turned a golden brown, 8 - 10 minutes.
  • Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Mix tomatoes, onion mixture, chili powder and garam masala together. Gently stir in beans.
  • Transfer to an oven-safe dish and drizzle cream evenly over the top. Bake until sauce is thickened and the top is brown, 30 - 40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle top with pickled red onions and a small amount of brine.
  • Serve hot with rice or tortillas, if desired.
  • Hack: Freeze leftover portions sealed in serving-sized portions for future use. Allow to thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Hack: One cup of frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe.
  • Hack: One 15 oz. can of red beans, drained and rinsed, can be substituted for the dried beans in this recipe.  Skip the soaking and stovetop cooking in this case.
  • Hack: 2 cups tomato sauce can be substituted for the fresh tomatoes.
Keyword baked beans, bean casserole, bean supper, beans, casserole, dried beans, dried legumes, easy, legumes, red beans


Did you know? Red beans are a member of the legume family.  Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and they’re packed with nutrition!!

Suggestion: Pair this with some cheddar cheese jalapeno cornbread.

Beefy French Dip Casserole

This French dip casserole is a beefy, cheesy, creamy pasta and mushroom dish that warms the soul. It’s sure to be a hit with the whole family!

French Dip Casserole

French Dip Casserole

Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 500 kcal


  • 2 olive oil
  • ½ lb stew beef
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp prepared horseradish
  • ½ ib angel hair pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 oz)
  • ½ cup pepper jack cheese, shredded (2 oz)


  • Heavy olive oil in a large heavy skillet or pan over medium-high heat.
  • Dry stew beef on paper towels and add to hot oil. Brown on all sides and remove from pan.
  • Add onion and mushroom to the pan.  Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Push ingredients to the sides of the pan to make a well in the center. Add garlic to well and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add beef back to the pan, as well as water and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to simmer, cover and turn heat to low. Simmer for 2½ hours.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Stir in 1 cup cream, pepper, and horseradish.
  • Heat 4 quarts of water to boiling. Add angel hair and cook for 4 minutes or until “al dente”. Drain well but don’t rinse.
  • Toss pasta with beef mixture and pour into an 8-cup covered casserole dish.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in flour and bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Stir in the remaining cream and bring back to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add cheeses, stirring until they are melted.
  • Spread cheese sauce over the top of the beef and pasta mixture. Cover and bake in a preheated 350℉ oven for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160℉.
  • Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Hack: One 4 oz can of mushrooms can replace the fresh mushrooms in this recipe.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Alternately, seal serving-sized portions in freezer-safe containers and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Keyword angel hair, beef dish, casserole, dinner, French dip, horseradish, mushrooms, pasta, stew beef, supper


Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestion:  Pair this dish with Italian herb focaccia bread!

Loaded Baked Cauliflower Casserole

This loaded baked cauliflower casserole brings together eggs, cheese and roasted vegetables in a delightful vegetarian dish that’s great for any meal!

Loaded Baked Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Baked Cauliflower Casserole

Course Breakfast, brunch, Main Course
Servings 6
Calories 395 kcal


  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (6-8 cups)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • tsp dried basil
  • tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup flour*
  • tsp baking powder*
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated


  • Preheat the oven to 400℉.
  • Set aside 4 onion rounds and put the rest in a 13” x 9” baking pan.  Add cauliflower and tomatoes.  Toss with olive oil. 
  • Roast in the oven until cauliflower is very tender, 30-40 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Whisk together eggs, sesame oil, cumin, rosemary, basil, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Blend flour and baking powder and whisk into egg mixture.  Whisk in cheese. Gently fold in vegetables trying not to break up cauliflower.
  • Place mixture in a greased 13” x 9” pan lined with parchment paper.  Arrange reserved onion rings over the top.
  • Bake in 400℉ oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.  Allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
  • This dish can be served warm or at room temperature.
  • *Make this dish gluten-free by substituting ¾ cup almond flour for the all-purpose flour.  Increase the baking powder to 1¾ tsp.
  • Hack:  Leftover portions can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for upto 3 months.
  • Hack: Frozen cauliflower can be used in this recipe.
Keyword baked, breakfast, brunch, casserole, cauliflower, easy, eggs, gluten-free, oven roasted vegetables, quiche, vegetarian

Did you know?  Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous collection of vegetables that are associated with lowering the risk of some types of cancer.

Suggestion:  Serve this with some crispy hash browns to make a complete meal!

Hearty Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

Sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach and feta cheese come together in this tasty quiche. This sweet potato crust quiche makes a great addition to a brunch buffet!

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)
Course Breakfast
Servings 4
Calories 230 kcal


  • 1 large sweet potato, thinly sliced (⅛”)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach (3 oz) or ½ cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup feta cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Coat 9” pie pan with cooking spray.
  • Layer sweet potatoes across the bottom and up sides of the pie pan, overlapping heavily. Coat with cooking spray and bake for 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft and beginning to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and turn the temperature up to 375℉.
  • Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes. Coat crust and any exposed pan with cooking spray.
  • Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add spinach and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Whisk eggs with milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Arrange cooled onion/spinach mixture over sweet potato crust. Pour egg mixture over the filling and sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until set with an internal temperature of 160℉. Allow to set for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Hack: Cut leftovers into serving-size pieces. Place on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer until solid. Move to freezer bags or containers and store in the freezer for future use.
Keyword baked breakfast, breakfast, breakfast bakes, brunch, buffet, casserole, eggs, make ahead breakfast, quiche, sweet potato, vegetarian

Did you know?  Despite the negative press that eggs have received in the past, they can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet!

Cutting back on carbs?  Try this crustless vegetarian quiche!


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