Casual Dinner with Friends

More than a dozen casual get-together meals.

Crowd pleasers such as Pork Ragout and Chicago-Style Pizza keep entertaining simple. We've gathered menus and one-dish meals to keep casual gatherings... well, casual.

Pork Ragout: Since you can make this meal ahead of time and freeze, double the recipe for when company calls.

Chili-Cheese Casserole for a Crowd: There's nothing old-fashioned about covered-dish meals, except their taste. In today's hurried times, casseroles are a necessity.

Chipotle Tamale Pie: This spicy pie needs only a salad to make the meal complete. Use a disposable aluminum pan wrapped in foil for easy delivery and cleanup.

Hunter's Stew: Sure to satisfy, this dish can be made up to 1 week ahead. Just add a salad and presto, dinner is served.

Slow-Cooker Beef-and-Bean Burritos: Serve with Ranch Slaw

Chicago-Style Pizza: An all-time party favorite, pizza can serve the heartiest of appetites.

Cannelloni: Dinner's a cinch with this one-dish meal. No clean-up required if you use an alminum pan.

Monday Night Special: Spice up TV night with this easy, affordable casserole.

Casual Chili Party: Serve-yourself chili with easy make-ahead accompaniments.

Casserole Dinner: Robust Grits Casserole with White Beans and Rosemary makes a beautiful centerpiece for a buffet or an easy carry-along to a potluck. Every element of the casserole can be made up to two days ahead and refrigerated (assemble and bake just before serving).

Entertaining with Ease: Everything you need for an impromptu alfresco dinner

Game Day Lineup Menu: Inviting your friends over to watch the big game doesn't mean you have to stuff them with chips and beer. Try this satisfying fare!

Great Reception: You don't have to miss a minute of programming with this make-ahead TV buffet.