I debated about what to call this dish. I tried to come up with a different word than “casserole”, but to be honest it was really the most fitting term. When I was growing up, my mom made incredibly flavorful casseroles. Yet for many people, the word “casserole” conjures up an image of a pile of mushy, mystery ingredients you were forced to eat as a kid before you could leave the table. If the latter sounds familiar, I hope this recipe will help change your mind.
The idea of the casserole has been around for a while and originally referred to just the baking vessel itself. As an American meal, casseroles became extremely popular around the 1950s. They’re a simple, economical way to feed a family and can be made with nearly any ingredient, especially leftovers.