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10 Essentials for Quick Casseroles

Aluminum Foil or Parchment Paper

If you have a topping on your casserole that'll brown quickly in the oven -- such as an extra layer of cheese or French fried onions -- you'll want to cover your pan or dish while baking. You don't want the topping to brown or burn before the rest of the dish gets hot. Some casserole pans come with lids that are oven-safe, but you can also use aluminum foil or parchment paper for a makeshift cover. If you don't have a lid, foil or parchment, leave the dish uncovered in the oven, but wait to put your crunchy topping on until the casserole has only 5 or 10 minutes left to cook.