Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock make a mean Chicken Pot Pie, elevating the classic recipe with white wine and fresh tarragon. Their recipe won them such a following in Texas that Bobby Flay took notice and challenged them to a Throwdown. It turns out that the Casserole Queens, as the duo is known, are much more than one-hit wonders of the one-dish dinner. They have built an entire business around revamping the ultimate quick-fix dinner for modern tastes.
In The Casserole Queens Cookbook, they share their fresh, updated, from-scratch recipes for traditional dishes. Tuna Noodle is brought up a notch with a homemade cream sauce and a kick of cayenne pepper; Halibut Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are surprisingly light and vibrant; Mandarin Meatloaf has a sweet orange flavor that recharges a beloved weeknight staple. There are home-style desserts, like Gooey Apple Butter Cake, and great brunch dishes, such as Frenchy Toast Casserole. The Queens have thought of everything, providing advice on scaling and freezing casseroles so that anyone can stock the freezer with go-to dinners.
With 16 pages of color photographs, plenty of expert tips, and lots of style, The Casserole Queens Cookbook is the home cook’s handbook for making tasty meals any night of the week.
"I love the Casserole Queens—from their savory lasagna to their caramel bread pudding, this book is full of one-dish recipes that will rock your house!"
"This charming cookbook has hints and tips galore for America's favorite dishes—King Ranch Chicken, Tamale Pie, and Hash Brown Casserole—as well as fabulous casserole innovations like Red Snapper Veracruz, Rockin' Tomatoes Rockefeller, and Granola Oatmeal Bake. The darling Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, like modern home ec teachers, instruct with wit and charm (even sharing an apron pattern right off the bat). So get this cookbook, keep it on hand in the kitchen, and never be stumped again for what to bring to a get-together or have for a family meal."
—Martha Hall Foose, author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southerly Course
"Crystal and Sandy are such a delight and their recipes offer something for everyone! This book is such a fun read I felt like I was sitting in on a chat with friends."
—Christy Jordan, author of Southern Plate
"In The Casserole Queens Cookbook, Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock have taken all the culinary triumph, sartorial splendor, and inimitable style of the midcentury and compiled a book of remarkably delicious recipes fit for today’s dinner tables. So tie on the red-cherry apron, spark up the pilot on the Chambers, and prepare to have more fun than you’ve ever had with a 9-by-13-inch baking dish—these queens reign supreme!"
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern