Casseroles for Feeding a Crowd

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Whether you are looking for a recipe to make for your family or for a pot-luck gathering, casseroles are always a good choice! They are easy to assemble and portable, making them the perfect dish for entertaining. We’ve taken some favorite flavors and created three delicious casseroles that are sure to please a crowd. Make them ahead, and freeze for an added bonus! Avoid the stress of making meals for the week by assembling on the weekend, and serving up midweek.You will be breathing easy, and your family and friends will love these hearty dishes. Plus, you’ll have enough for leftovers for lunch. 
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Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
Makes 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground chuck
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 10 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
  4. 1 (14.5-ounce) can petit diced tomatoes, with garlic and olive oil, drained
  5. 1 cup ketchup
  6. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  8. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  9. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  12. 1 (8-ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  13. 1 (8-ounce) package shredded Colby-Jack cheese, divided
  14. 1 (16-ounce) package ziti cooked and kept warm
  15. 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
Instructions
  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil, letting edges extend over sides of baking dish. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, combine ground chuck and onion; cook over medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly. Drain well. Add 8 slices crumbled bacon, and next 8 ingredients, stirring until combined. Stir in Cheddar cheese and 11/2 cups Colby-Jack cheese. Add noodles, stirring to combine.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining 2 slices crumbled bacon, and remaining 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese. Sprinkle evenly over casserole.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes covered. Uncover, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Notes
  1. To freeze: Wrap baking dish in heavy-duty plastic wrap, and freeze for 8 hours or until frozen. Remove plastic wrap, and using foil as handles, remove casserole from baking dish. Wrap in heavy-duty plastic wrap and again in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Freeze casserole for up to 1 month. To thaw, unwrap casserole, removing all foil and plastic wrap. Set frozen casserole back in original baking dish. Cover, and thaw overnight in refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
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