Cattle Drive Casserole, the ultimate comfort food. Layers of cheese, meat, and more cheese make for this satisfying casserole beyond delicious.
Cattle Drive Casserole
Okay, so there’s some background explanation behind the name behind the dish: Cattle Drive Casserole. The story begins with me finding a recipe on Pinterest months ago.
Pinned it, like I do so many recipes but never actually looked at the recipe. The name of it didn’t give you much to go off of: “John Wayne Casserole”, that’s it!
All I know about John Wayne is he’s in a lot of old cowboy movies. I know he’s an icon, but I wasn’t sure he was a casserole maker. I had no idea if you should automatically know what the dish was all about based on the name, I had no clue.
I finally clicked on the recipe one day and it sounded really good. There was some explanation about the name that really still didn’t make a whole lot of sense.
So I did what I normally do for my fussy self…I “Lori-fied” the recipe. In the end, I came up with a great dish that even my littlest daughter surprisingly devoured since it has a tiny kick to it.
Now back to the name of this dish. While eating it for dinner, my husband (who really enjoyed it) asked me what it was called. I told him “John Wayne Casserole”, but that I wanted to rename it because I didn’t understand the correlation and also because I “Lori-fied” the recipe.
His response was: “How about Cattle Drive Casserole? Seems like a hearty dish that ranchers might eat after being out on the range all day.”…and so there you have it!
Thank you Steve, Cattle Drive Casserole it is!
What exactly is a casserole?
A casserole refers to the type of cooking vessel that is large and deep and used for both cooking and serving a dish. The word also refers to the type of food that is cooked within this style dish.
Other ingredients you can add to this dish:
- Black beans
- Roasted corn
- Pepper Jack cheese
- Chopped jalapenos
Food is the most primitive form of comfort. Author-Sheila Graham
There’s so much to love about a comforting casserole! Wouldn’t you agree? Casseroles are definitely on a regular rotation in my kitchen and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try for my family.
I do hope you enjoy Cattle Drive Casserole, I mean what’s not to love with simple ingredients and comforting layers of deliciousness. With so many chilly days here in Michigan I make Cattle Drive Casserole whenever I feel the need for a hearty and oh so good dish. Enjoy!
Even more casserole inspiration:
Hash Brown Taco Casserole | Who Needs A Cape?
Easy Meatball Parmesan Casserole | The Kitchen is My Playground
King Ranch Chicken Casserole | Who Needs A Cape?