If you’ve ever panicked to come up with a last-minute dish for a family holiday or celebration, this is the cheat sheet you need! These 10 fancy casserole recipes take only minutes of prep and look absolutely stunning. Whether you’re looking to upgrade a classic comfort food or are in the mood to try something new, we guarantee that everyone in your family will love these 10 casserole ideas from breakfast favorites to mouthwatering desserts.
Croque Madame Casserole with Ham and Gruyère
Even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist this creamy, cheesy casserole. Not only is it a hearty, filling breakfast for the whole family, but this Croque Madame casserole is sure to be a home run at any brunch with extended family or friends.
Lemony Crêpe Casserole
This layered, lemony crêpe casserole combines sweet and tangy lemon curd with cream cheese to create a bright cheesecake-like filling for each delicate crêpe. Quick candied lemon slices cooked in butter and maple syrup add even more flavor.
Elegant but simple, this sweet breakfast casserole is sure to wow your family and friends. Although you can peel the baked crêpes apart, we recommend slicing through the casserole to show off each layer of creamy filling and thin pancake-y crêpes.
French Toast Casserole
We can’t take our eyes of this gorgeous fruit topped french toast casserole. Bite-sized squares of cinnamon french toast are baked to a golden brown, then topped with homemade whipped cream and the fruit of your choice.
Taking only 15 minutes to prep, this make-ahead breakfast casserole can be put together the night before and popped into the oven in the morning. We love that this recipe is also versatile – you can add fresh fruits for summer, pumpkin pie spice in the fall or drizzle with Nutella and chopped pecans for a year-round favorite.
Layered Ham and Potato Casserole
For the “meat and potatoes” lovers out there, this layered ham, potato and cheese casserole will be your new favorite dish. This decadent family dinner recipe is a crowd-pleaser all year round, but especially good for using up any ham leftover from the holidays.
Requiring only 10 minutes of prep time, this is the perfect weeknight comfort food. Both kids and adults will swoon over the tender potatoes, ham, and bright creamy sauce. A thick layer of melted cheese doesn’t hurt either!
Shrimp and White Bean “Cassoulet”
When we think about casseroles, it’s easy to think of dense, hearty meals. This lightened up white bean cassoulet recipe defies the stereotype by substituting red meat for lean shrimp and scaling back on oil. Baked in a flavorful broth of garlic, leeks and red pepper flakes, this dish has just the right amount of savory spice.
This is also one of the quickest casserole recipes, going from grocery bag to table in under 30 minutes.
Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
This hearty chicken pot pie casserole is the ultimate comfort food. Thickened with a creamy white wine sauce and layered with crispy pie crust, this recipe looks and tastes incredible. With chunks of hearty chicken and vegetables, you’ll also be packing in protein and getting a dose of healthy vitamins and minerals.
At first look, this fancy casserole may look like a lot of effort to put together. However, thanks to some premade pie crust and a rotisserie chicken, it’s easy to make with just 15 minutes of hands-on prep work.
Vegetarian Root Vegetable Tian
Circular layers of thin sliced sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips and red onion create this fancy vegetarian root vegetable tian casserole. This super healthy family dinner recipe is easy to make with a mandoline slicing tool, although you can also cut the veggies by hand.
The spiraling colors create a dazzling display for every event from weeknight dinners to elegant dinner parties. For extra pizzazz, simply top the dish with fresh (or vegan) parmesan and sprinkle with chopped herbs. For extra protein and carbs, serve casserole slices over a bed of seasoned quinoa.
Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This colorful chicken enchilada casserole is our favorite way to put a fancy spin on a Mexican style lasagna. Including everything you need for a balanced dinner, this casserole layers tortillas between heaping spoonfuls of chicken filling and zesty enchilada sauce.
Apple Pie Biscuit Casserole
It’s hard to beat a homemade dessert, fresh from the oven. However, it can also be hard to find time to make one from scratch, especially during the work week. That’s where this quick and easy apple pie biscuit casserole steps in to save the day.
Made with pre-packaged apple pie filling and ready-to-bake biscuit dough, this homemade dessert casserole can be thrown together with only 10 minutes of prep. Just throw this in the oven before dinner and this rich apple pie casserole will be ready in less than an hour. We like to serve this with ice cream or whipped cream all year round.
S’mores Dessert Casserole
For a quick and easy chocolate dessert, this three ingredient s’mores casserole takes the prize. Topped with a generous layer of toasted, gooey marshmallows, these s’mores are ready to be dished out and devoured. Perfect for movie night or a summer barbeque, these golden brown squares are impossible to resist.