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53 Southern Casseroles That Taste Just like Home

Southern food is comfort food, and these scrumptious southern casseroles will satisfy your down-home cravings.

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Blend of the BayouTaste of Home

Blend of the Bayou

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me when I first moved to Louisiana. It's been handed down in my husband's family for generations. It's quick to prepare, nutritious and beautiful. I've passed it on to my children, too. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

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Apple Butter Biscuit Breakfast BakeTaste of Home

Apple Butter Biscuit Breakfast Bake

My grandmother created this recipe to use up the leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner. By combining leftover ham and biscuits with milk, eggs and her homemade apple butter, she served us all a warm, delicious breakfast and still was able to spend with her grandchildren. —Marty Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina

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Baked Two-Cheese & Bacon GritsTaste of Home

Baked Two-Cheese & Bacon Grits

In the South, everyone loves three things: bacon, cheese and grits! After playing around with this recipe, I took it to my first family party as a newlywed, and it was a huge hit. This recipe has become a family tradition that I'm sure will be passed down for generations. —Melissa Rogers, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Short Rib CobblerTaste of Home

Short Rib Cobbler

This recipe was inspired by my family's love of two things—beef stew and biscuits. After years of making the two separately, I put the biscuits on top of the stew like a cobbler. This supper's as down-home as it gets. —Janine Talley, Orlando, Florida

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Oyster FricasseeTaste of Home

Oyster Fricassee

I oversee the gardens at Colonial Williamsburg. We've learned that the colonists had a ready source of oysters from Chesapeake Bay. I enjoy this rich, creamy casserole, a special dish from this area's holiday recipe collection. —Susan Dippre, Williamsburg, Virginia

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Calico Squash CasseroleTaste of Home

Calico Squash Casserole

I love to try out different recipes for the squash I grow in my garden. It's fun to bring this beautiful casserole to potlucks because I know it'll go fast. Even the little ones like it. —Lucille Terry, Frankfort, Kentucky

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Hot Brown Turkey CasseroleTaste of Home

Hot Brown Turkey Casserole

If you've ever tried the Hot Brown Sandwich at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, you'll love this version. It can be assembled ahead and refrigerated; just adjust baking time accordingly if cold. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Cornbread CasseroleTaste of Home

Cornbread Casserole

Since my husband likes spicy foods, I frequently sprinkle chopped jalapeno peppers over half of this casserole for him. —Carrina Cooper, McAlpin, Florida

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Coconut-Bourbon Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Coconut-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

What is it about sweet potatoes that unnerve some people? For those who firmly state they hate a yam because of the color or texture, the rich addition of coconut, bourbon and spices might just win them over. —Rebecca Anderson, Driftwood, Texas

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Sweet Onion Spoon BreadTaste of Home

Sweet Onion Spoon Bread

This unique recipe has been a family-favorite secret for years. The layers of tangy cheese, sour cream and sweet onions in this moist cornbread taste so great together! Chopped green chilies could add some fun zip. —Heather Thomas, Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Blueberry Cornmeal CobblerTaste of Home

Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler

Cornbread, blueberries and maple syrup give this special dessert a flavor that’s different from any cobbler you’ve had before. I came across the recipe many years ago. —Judy Watson, Tipton, Indiana

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Pepper Jack Hash Brown CasseroleTaste of Home

Pepper Jack Hash Brown Casserole

I found myself in need of an impromptu potato dish, but I had no potatoes. Frozen hash browns and the plethora of cheeses I kept in the freezer offered me the solution to my side-dish dilemma. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Loaded Red Potato CasseroleTaste of Home

Loaded Red Potato Casserole

This potato casserole has the same flavor of the potato skins you can order as a restaurant appetizer. It's an ideal dish for tailgating and potlucks. —Charlane Gathy, Lexington, Kentucky

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Baked French Toast with StrawberriesTaste of Home

Baked French Toast with Strawberries

French toast is a crowd-pleaser, but it's hard to make for a big group. This overnight casserole with strawberries and a sweet pecan topping fixes everything. —David Stelzl Jr., Waxhaw, North Carolina

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Grits 'N' Sausage CasseroleTaste of Home

Grits 'N' Sausage Casserole

You could call this the “So Good Casserole”, because that’s what people say when they try it. It’s a southern specialty. —Marie Poppenhager, Old Town, Florida

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Ham & Collards QuicheTaste of Home

Ham & Collards Quiche

I love quiche and wanted to make something that incorporates my Southern roots, so I came up with this version. With eggs, cheese, ham and nutritious collards, it's a meal in one. —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland

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New Orleans-Style Scalloped CornTaste of Home

New Orleans-Style Scalloped Corn

This colorful casserole is popular for family gatherings in many New Orleans homes. I started making it years ago, and now our grown sons include it on their own menus. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

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Mama's Blackberry CobblerTaste of Home

Mama's Blackberry Cobbler

Alabama has some tasty fresh blackberries. Decades ago, my mama was heading out to pick blackberries to make a cobbler, but she ended up going to the hospital to have me instead. This is her mama's recipe. The blackberries start on top, but then end up tucked under a golden brown crust after it's baked. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama

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Dutch Oven Cheesy Bacon & EggsTaste of Home

Dutch Oven Cheesy Bacon & Eggs

For campouts, my sister and I escape on horseback into the woods. We make this Dutch oven breakfast casserole the first morning, then love the leftovers for the rest of the trip. —Mary Burris, Okeechobee, Florida

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Artichoke Ratatouille ChickenTaste of Home

Artichoke Ratatouille Chicken

I loaded all the fresh produce I could find into this speedy chicken dinner. Serve it on its own or over pasta. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana

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Cornbread Chicken BakeTaste of Home

Cornbread Chicken Bake

To make the most of leftover cornbread, try this hearty main dish casserole. It's moist, delicious and good on any occasion. —Madge Britton, Afton, Tennessee

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry CobblerTaste of Home

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cobbler

This cobbler came about because I love chocolate-covered strawberries. Top it with whipped cream, either plain or with a little chocolate syrup stirred in. —Andrea Bolden, Unionville, Tennessee

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Elegant Smoked Salmon StrataTaste of Home

Elegant Smoked Salmon Strata

This fancy overnight egg bake is ideal for guests. In the morning, you can simply let it come to room temperature and whip up side dishes as it bakes. Then get ready for compliments! —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

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Southern Pineapple CasseroleTaste of Home

Southern Pineapple Casserole

When I make pineapple casserole, I double the amount—because guests frequently request a second helping for dessert! Sweet-tangy fruit is even better combined with savory cheddar cheese and buttery cracker crumb topping. —Catherine Ann Goza, Leland, North Carolina

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Curried Chicken and Grits CasseroleTaste of Home

Curried Chicken and Grits Casserole

Southern-style cheesy grits meet curry and loads of vegetables to make a satisfying casserole that blankets the house with an inviting aroma. —Lori Shamszadeh, Fairhope, Alabama

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Tomato, Sausage & Cheddar Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Tomato, Sausage & Cheddar Bread Pudding

This savory dish is the perfect excuse to have bread pudding as the main meal, not merely afterward as dessert. —Holly Jones, Kennesaw, Georgia

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Chicken and Rice CasseroleTaste of Home

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Everyone loves this dish—I consider it the best chicken and rice casserole recipe because it's a tasty combination of hearty and crunchy ingredients mixed in a creamy sauce. It's a time-tested classic. —Myrtle Matthews, Marietta, Georgia

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Corn PuddingTaste of Home

Corn Pudding

Cornbread mix and canned corn make this southern corn pudding casserole a snap to prepare. Now this is real comfort food! —P. Lauren Fay-Neri, Syracuse, New York

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Sweet and Spicy Baked BeansTaste of Home

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans

This recipe is a hit with guests and family. It's sweet, simple and delicious, and someone always asks for the recipe. —Elliot Wesen, Arlington, Texas

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Creamy Hash Brown CasseroleTaste of Home

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

This versatile side dish was dairy-good with the steaks we grilled and is delicious with other meats as well. A creamy cheese sauce and crunchy topping make this potato casserole ever-popular for family dinners and potlucks. —Teresa Stutzman, Adair, Oklahoma

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Contest-Winning Cajun CabbageTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

Looking for a different treatment for cabbage? Try this spicy cheese-topped dish that I adapted from a friend's recipe. I added a little of this and that until it tasted the way I wanted. Not only do my husband and kids like it, I get rave reviews when I make it for company or church functions. —Bobbie Soileau, Opelousas, Louisiana

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Cinnamon Blueberry French ToastTaste of Home

Cinnamon Blueberry French Toast

I like to prep this breakfast in the afternoon, chill it, and then put it into the slow cooker before I go to bed. When we wake up in the morning, it's done just right and ready for us to dig in. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Christmas Cauliflower CasseroleTaste of Home

Christmas Cauliflower Casserole

This creamy casserole is filled with tender cauliflower and topped with a sprinkling of crispy herb stuffing. It's become one of our favorite Christmas casseroles that appeals to both kids and adults in our family. —Carol Rex, Ocala, Florida

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BLT Egg BakeTaste of Home

BLT Egg Bake

BLTs are a favorite at my house, so I created this recipe to combine those flavors into a warm, cozy casserole. It was such a hit, I served it to my church ladies group at a brunch I hosted. —Priscilla Detrick, Catoosa, Oklahoma

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Mom's Sweet Potato BakeTaste of Home

Mom's Sweet Potato Bake

Mom loves sweet potatoes and fixed them often in this creamy, comforting baked sweet potato casserole. With its nutty topping, this side dish could almost serve as a dessert. It's a yummy treat! —Sandi Pichon, Memphis, Tennessee

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Shrimp & Crab CasseroleTaste of Home

Shrimp & Crab Casserole

This quick, easy recipe is truly delicious. The succulent, melt-in-your-mouth seafood flavors and textures make for elegant comfort food. To make ahead, just assemble, cover and refrigerate, then bake when ready. —Jan Bartley, Evergreen, North Carolina

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Home-for-Christmas Fruit BakeTaste of Home

Home-for-Christmas Fruit Bake

Pop this special dish in the oven and mouths will water in anticipation— the cinnamony aroma is tantalizing! The fruit comes out tender and slightly tart, while the pecan halves add a delightful crunch. —Bonnie Baumgardner, Sylva, North Carolina

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Easy Cheesy Loaded GritsTaste of Home

Easy Cheesy Loaded Grits

A tasty bowl of grits inspired me to develop my own with sausage, green chilies and cheeses. It just might be better than the original. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Brunch Hash & Egg BakeTaste of Home

Brunch Hash & Egg Bake

When my kids were growing up, I was cooking for eight. I couldn't conveniently fry eggs for that many people, so I devised this recipe that became a family favorite. Mild and salty feta cheese is my favorite for the dish, but shredded cheddar or Parmesan work, too. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Creole Beef CasseroleTaste of Home

Creole Beef Casserole

My husband and I were each cooking something different one night and combined them for this dish. It’s great! —Nicki Austin, Lawrenceville, Illinois

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Mom's Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

Mom's Macaroni and Cheese

The wonderful homemade goodness of this creamy Velveeta mac and cheese makes it a staple side dish in my mother's kitchen and in mine as well. It has tender noodles and a crowd-pleasing golden crumb topping. —Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina

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Ham 'n' Cheese PieTaste of Home

Ham 'n' Cheese Pie

There's no need to make a crust for this eye-opening quiche. My family and friends love it for brunch or anytime. —Iris Posey, Albany, Georgia

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Cornbread Dressing with OystersTaste of Home

Cornbread Dressing with Oysters

My father's dressing bakes separately from the turkey and is simply delicious. The secret is to prepare the corn bread first, let it cool and then crumble it to form the base for the rest of the ingredients. My father always added oysters to give the dressing a special flavor. —Nell Bass, Macon, Georgia

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Chicken AmandineTaste of Home

Chicken Amandine

With colorful green beans and pimientos, this attractive casserole is terrific for the holidays. This is true comfort food at its finest. —Kat Woolbright, Wichita Falls, Texas

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Pecan Bread Pudding with Rum Custard SauceTaste of Home

Pecan Bread Pudding with Rum Custard Sauce

Fat-free ingredients, though not suitable for all baking recipes, work like a charm in this homey dessert. —Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida

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White Cheddar Scalloped PotatoesTaste of Home

White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe has evolved over the past eight years. After I added the thyme, ham and sour cream, my husband declared, “This is it!” I like to serve this rich, saucy entree with a salad and homemade French bread. —Hope Toole, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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Ham 'n' Tater BakeTaste of Home

Ham 'n' Tater Bake

Get ready for a gourmet loaded baked potato in casserole form. This is so good, I can’t resist making it several times a month. And, it’s a quick and easy dish for company, too. My sister gave me the recipe, and I’m always happy to pass it along. —Peggy Grieme, Pinehurst, North Carolina

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Chicken Potpie CasseroleTaste of Home

Chicken Potpie Casserole

I always have leftover chicken broth on hand and use it for many things, including this comforting and easy chicken pot pie casserole. You can bake your own biscuits, like I do, or buy them at the store. I like to bake extra biscuits to eat with butter and jam. —Liliane Jahnke, Cypress, Texas

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Ham & Cheese Grits CasseroleTaste of Home

Ham & Cheese Grits Casserole

My book club ladies often ask me to bring “those grits.” I'd tell you how to store them, but I never have any left! — Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

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Apple, Cheddar & Bacon Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Apple, Cheddar & Bacon Bread Pudding

I had this dish at a bridal brunch many years ago. It was so delicious that I created my own version, and this is the result. Now I make it all the time. Enjoy! —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina

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Makeover Shrimp Rice CasseroleTaste of Home

Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole

I am fond of this lighter version of my shrimp casserole. It has only half the calories and sodium and less fat than my original recipe. —Marie Roberts, Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Vegetable Beef CasseroleTaste of Home

Vegetable Beef Casserole

This easy one-dish recipe has been a family favorite ever since my husband's aunt handed it down to me 35 years ago. Try adding whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple salad goes nicely with this dish. —Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia

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Crab-Spinach Egg CasseroleTaste of Home

Crab-Spinach Egg Casserole

I've developed a strong interest in cooking over the years. As a matter of fact, I came up with this casserole as a special breakfast for our daughter when she was home for a visit. —Steve Heaton, Deltona, Florida

Hazel Wheaton
Hazel is a writer and editor who has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years in the fields of travel, jewelry arts and food. As the editor of the Taste of Home Christmas Annual (among other titles), she's in the holiday spirit all year round. An enthusiastic baker, she's known for her cookies, cakes and other baked goods. And she still wishes she could cook like her mother.

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