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25 Comforting Casseroles for Cold Weather

October 24, 2022
7 min. read

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:


Breakfast Casserole Recipes:

1.      Featured: Potato Bread Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

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.

2.      Cinnamon Roll Bread Bake

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.

3.      Overnight Croque Monsieur Casserole

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.

4.      Ham, Asparagus, & Cheese Strata

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.

5.      Veggie Frittata Breakfast Bake

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.

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Lunch Casserole Recipes:

6.      Featured: Reuben Bread Pudding

Reuben Bread Pudding

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!

7.      Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

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.

8.      Holiday Pull-Apart Roasted Chicken Sliders

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.

9.      Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Bake

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.

10.  Sweet Potato and Cheddar Bread Pudding

Make a meal out of hearty fall produce with seasonal flavors like sweet potatoes, winter greens, shallots, cheddar cheese, and cubed Martin’s Potato Bread.

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Dinner Casserole Recipes:

11.  Featured: Cheeseburger Casserole

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:

12.  Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

This quick and easy baked chicken dish, which can be prepared in 45 minutes and uses only six ingredients, makes for a great dinner option for a family of four or more.

13.  Sweet Potato and Potatobred Dutch Filling

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.

14.  Spaghetti Squash Parmesan

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.

15.  Thanksgiving Casserole

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.

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Dessert Casserole Recipes:

16.  Featured: Cannoli Baked French Toast


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.

17.  Confetti Cake French Toast Casserole

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.

18.  Sugar Plum French Toast Casserole

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.

19.  Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

Cozy up to this warm and toasty pecan pie-inspired bread pudding using Martin’s Potato Bread cubes. You’ll be reminiscing about precious holiday memories in front of the fireside before you know it!

20.  Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Pecan Sauce

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.)

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Side Dish Casserole Recipes:

21. Featured: Sweet Potato and Sage Casserole

Sweet Potato Sage Casserole

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.

22.  Pumpkin Spice Cauliflower Bake

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!

23.  Mac and Cheese with Breadcrumb Topping

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.

24.  Vegetable Bread Pudding

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.

25.  Butternut Squash, Cranberry, & Thanksgiving Stuffing Casserole

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.

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