5 Dishes That Are Even Better As Cheesy Casseroles — Comfort Food Feast

Going the bigger-batch route not only means you can feed a crowd no problem, but it also means you've got more opportunity for cheese.
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TWICE BAKED POTATO CASSEROLE Ree Drummond Pioneer Woman/Working Calves at Tim’s Food Network Bacon, Russet Potatoes, Canola Oil, Salted Butter, Sour Cream, Cheddar or Jack Cheese, Whole Milk, Seasoned Salt, Green Onions

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It's a fact: Piling everything you love about your comfort food faves into a casserole dish makes every bite just taste better. Going the bigger-batch route not only means you can feed a crowd no problem, but it also means you've got more opportunity for cheese. In the spirit of all things cheesy, we've got five dishes that are infinitely better when reborn as giant cheese-topped casseroles.

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole > Twice-Baked Potatoes

You might have once said that there's nothing better than a crispy, cheesy twice-baked potato — and you'd almost be right. When Ree Drummond reimagines twice-baked potatoes in all their cheesy, bacon-loaded goodness as a comforting casserole, you get creamy, decadent deliciousness you can pile onto your plate.

FNK GRILLED CHEESEANDTOMATO CASSEROLE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Unsalted Butter, White Bread, Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Parmesan, Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, HalfandHalf, Mayonnaise, Eggs, Parsley

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It's not really news: Grilled cheese and tomato soup just go together. Instead of heating up the griddle for toasty, single-serving sandwiches, consider a casserole route that'll feed the whole family in one go. It unites the two favorites (the soup and the sandwich) — no dipping required.

FNK FRENCH ONION SOUP CASSEROLE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Unsalted Butter, Olive Oil, Yellow Onions, Celery, Bay Leaves, Thyme, Allpurpose Flour, Beef Broth, White Wine, Baguette, Gruyere Cheese

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

French Onion Soup Casserole > French Onion Soup

If your favorite part of bubbling, browned-on-the-top French onion soup is the cheese that strings from the bowl to your mouth, go for a big-batch, fuss-free casserole that delivers on that gratifying moment for a whole crowd.

Sloppy joes on their own might not be the cheesiest thing you can eat, but Rachael Ray's casserole sure is. She starts by making her own sloppy joe sauce, then beefs it up with ground meat, a heap of cheddar and pasta for an all-in-one dinner that kids and grownups alike will enjoy.

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Listen, we love a good taco. But tortillas give you only so much space for all the fixings, which seriously gets in the way of our cheese intake. Piling everything you love about tacos (including, yes, cheese) into a casserole dish fixes that problem in a flash.

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