When I cook with my friends here in Madison, we more often than not choose a one-pot-meal. It might be a modern casserole, a layered dish, or a big batch of stew or soup that can easily be served for dinner, without a whole lot of other cooking going on. Perhaps a crusty bread or salad is added, but when we go home from cooking together, we’re done, free to work on homework with the kids, then have a glass of wine with our husbands.
To me, it’s the ultimate dinner– one dish with veggies, meat, and a delicious sauce or spices. The one-pot phenomena is loved by those who swear by their crockpots, their pressure cookers, their huge dutch ovens. It can easily be frozen if not used immediately. For generations people have been cooking this way, for convenience, variety, and to serve a wonderful meal. The French love their Cassoulet; the Spanish their Paella, the Italian their Cacciatore. We’d love to hear your favorites!