The past few weeks on our blog, we’ve been discussing the arrival of autumn and the seasonal changes it brings. Well, as we approach the latter half of the season, its impact is certainly palpable: chilly temperatures, shorter days, and more time spent indoors. While we still experience the occasional warm-weather phenomenon, these days are becoming the exception.
This means it’s time for a change in strategy when it comes to our weekly meal planning. No more al fresco dining on chilled hors d’oeuvres or other light fare and much less outdoor daily grilling than at summer’s peak. No—the fall and winter months call for something much heartier.
One of our go-to favorites for these colder days and nights is a good ol’-fashioned casserole. Nostalgic and heart-warming, this type of recipe is both filling and fulfilling. From the classic all-in-one dinner to a decadent baked dessert, casseroles have the astonishing ability to provide comfort, satiation, and refuge from the brisk outdoors.
Take a look at a few of our favorite Cozy Casserole recipes below, categorized by meal type:
This sensational savory dish uses slices of Martin’s Potato Bread as the base for a potato-and-onion layered quiche flavored with garlic, thyme, and nutmeg, and garnished with pieces of bacon or sausage, making for an inspiring first meal of the day.
For a sweet breakfast fix, try this take on a traditional sticky bun: use flattened slices of Martin’s Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl Potato Bread layered with homemade cream cheese frosting, roll them up into six large rolls, arrange in a round cake pan, top with a custom pecan-caramel sauce, and bake until set and ready to devour.
This French sandwich-inspired casserole makes a delicious and fancy meal that serves up to twelve guests, making it perfect for a Sunday brunch or small family get-together. Prepared with seasonal flavors and bites of Canadian bacon, Gruyere cheese, and Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, this dish is sure to please.
This picturesque breakfast bake uses cubed Martin’s Potato Bread along with diced ham, asparagus, onions, eggs, and shredded cheese to form a cushy base for shallow wells containing sunny-side-up shirred (baked) eggs.
Looking for a single serve breakfast option that can be prepared in under an hour? This veggie frittata bake uses an air fryer to cook up a cozy mixture of torn Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread, spinach, bell peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese.
For another sandwich-inspired casserole option, consider making this savory and satisfying twist on a classic Reuben. In an 11”x7” baking dish, combine Potato Bread, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, prepared mustard, and a traditional milk-and-egg mixture, top with extra cheese and caraway seeds, and bake until golden brown and delicious!
This cheesy chicken dish uses Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing, diced chicken breast, cream of chicken soup, deli-style ham, Swiss cheese, and various herbs and seasonings to create a casual and comforting meal that warms you from the inside out.
These mini roasted chicken sliders are perfect for a quick snack or a more substantial lunch or dinner. The best part is—Martin’s Sweet Party Potato Rolls make it easy and convenient to choose your preferred portion size.
Everybody knows that grilled cheese and tomato soup go hand-in-hand. But, have you ever tried combining the two into a beautifully baked casserole? This brilliant baking hack might just be your new go-to comfort meal.
Carry a little bit of summer with you into the new season with this creative twist on a classic cheeseburger—complete with the Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls! First, prepare the ground beef mixture; combine with a blend of cheeses; bake until bubbly; then top with quartered Potato Rolls, bacon, pickles, chives, and your condiments of choice.
Bonus: Learn how to make this recipe in our step-by-step tutorial below:
This traditional PA Dutch recipe is a cozy combination of mashed sweet potatoes and classic stuffing. Both elements are mixed together in a casserole dish, along with a beaten egg, and baked for 45 minutes until golden-brown and toasted.
For a lighter take on spaghetti marinara, try a halved and roasted spaghetti squash, combined with ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses, marinara sauce, and fresh basil and parsley, topped with toasted Martin’s Bread crumbs.
This all-in-one meal combines all your favorite elements of Thanksgiving dinner into one comforting casserole. It’s perfect for any time of year, whenever you’re in the holiday spirit or just happen to be craving some seasonal favorites.
Decadent desserts have their own special way of warming the soul and improving our mood…making them perfect for this chilly time of year! Transform Martin’s NEW Sweet Party Potato Rolls into this deluxe dish made with vanilla, powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips, and sweetened mascarpone and ricotta cheese filling.
Don’t wait for the next special occasion to prepare this confetti cake casserole! This birthday party-inspired French toast bake can lift anyone’s spirits no matter the weather outlook. Go ahead and whip up a batch whenever you’re in need of a mood boost.
Start counting down the days until Christmas with this festive baked casserole—topped with sugared berries, sweetened ricotta-and-cream-cheese mixture, and a cinnamon-honey drizzle—that pays a subtle nod to the classic holiday tradition.
Nothing says “fall” like the flavors of caramel, pecans, and pumpkin pie all rolled into one. These single serving bread puddings are the perfect way to warm up on a chilly fall or winter night. (Note: you can also prepare this dish as a full sized casserole using a 9”x13” baking dish.)
Make use of fun fall flavors like sweet potato and sage to liven up your weekly dinners. This comforting side dish uses a blend of mashed sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes, mixed with butter, milk, sage, and seasoned Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing crumbs; baked until golden and bubbling.
For a variation on another fall flavor, try combining a blend of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves) with baked cauliflower, butter, milk, flour, shredded cheese, and toasted bread crumbs to create this guilt-free golden delight!
Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? As one of the most popular comfort foods, it has the unique ability to put a smile on the face of kids (and adults) of all ages! This homemade recipe yields six single-serve portions, making it the perfect side dish for your favorite fall roast.
For a hearty, veggie-filled side, try a savory bread pudding made with mushrooms, asparagus, red bell pepper, garlic, rosemary, cheddar cheese, seasonings, eggs, milk, and your choice of cubed Martin’s Bread.
Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to get a taste of your favorite seasonal ingredients! Make this casserole combo of fresh cranberries, cubed butternut squash, thyme, sage, pecans, veggies, and Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing, and serve it in place of a traditional starch or veggie side dish.