I really don't get it. How did these get to be so popular? I can't recall ever having something called a casserole that I didn't think would be better braised, grilled, roasted etc.
If you want braised meat, braise your meat. Why throw in all of your vegetables? Wouldn't they be better roasted and served with your meat on the plate?
Why not strain your braising liquid, reduce it, and make a proper sauce?
So my question is this:
Aside from convenience, is there any reason to make a "casserole?"
I'll save my onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup rants for another topic....