15 Casserole Recipes For Your Next Church Luncheon

Stuffed Ham-and-Cheese Croissant Casserole
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Missie Neville Crawford

Casseroles are a great choice for serving at luncheons because they are easy to transport, many can be made ahead, and they usually yield enough servings to feed large groups. While some dinner casseroles can be a bit heavier, these lighter lunch casseroles are great for serving earlier in the day alongside a salad or fruit. In our opinion, there's no occasion that can't be made better by having a casserole (or two!) on the menu.

From mains to sides to desserts, these are our favorite casserole recipes to serve at church luncheons.

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BLT Pain Perdu Casserole

BLT Pain Perdu Casserole

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

Instead of serving sandwiches, serve this elevated version of a classic BLT. It's pretty and delicious.

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Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole in a square casserole pan
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle,Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Wow any lunch crowd by serving this warm casserole that's made with pineapple instead of just a bowl of cut fruit.

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Hot Chicken Salad


Swap it up from a traditional cold chicken salad and warm things up with this creamy casserole version that will have everyone asking for the recipe.

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Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

If you don't have miniature ramekins, you can also bake this grits casserole in a 2-quart baking dish.

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Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

This casserole version of the classic recipe is a bit easier to serve to a group since the shrimp sits on top of the grits all in one dish.

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Cakey Strawberry Cobbler

Cakey Strawberry Cobbler in a casserole pan and bowl
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Ana Kelly

If you're in charge of dessert for the church luncheon, this strawberry cobbler recipe will be a welcome addition to the menu.

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Stuffed Ham-and-Cheese Croissant Casserole

Stuffed Ham-and-Cheese Croissant Casserole
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Missie Neville Crawford

We prepared this croissant casserole with smoked ham and Swiss cheese, but you can use the meat and cheese of you choice.

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Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Since it skips the step of poaching eggs, this casserole version of Eggs Benedict was made for entertaining.

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Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Alison Miksch

Plenty of fresh, seasonal veggies make this baked ziti a lighter lunch option while still being both filling and delicious.

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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Ham and Noodle Casserole
Jen Causey

This creamy ham casserole fills two 8-inch square baking dishes. If you only need one, you can freeze the other for later.

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Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Cobbler
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

As tempting as it may be, make sure you don't stir the contents of your casserole dish before baking. Adding the contents without stirring allows pockets of pudding to form as the cobbler bakes.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole

Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Another sandwich reimagined into a casserole, this recipe boasts fresh tomatoes, plenty of bread, and slow-cooked turkey.

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Scrambled Egg and Crêpe Casserole

Scrambled Egg and Crêpe Casserole
Iain Bagwell

You'll know this casserole is ready to come out of the oven when the cheese sauce starts bubbling.

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Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Not only will this casserole please church luncheon guests, but it can also be made ahead and stored in the freezer so busy hosts can prepare it in advance.

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Poppy Seed Chicken

Classic Poppy Seed Chicken
Southern Living

Serve this Poppy Seed Chicken casserole alongside a Strawberry-Spinach Salad for a simple luncheon meal that's sure to wow everyone.

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