03/01/2012 05:27 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

21 Comforting Baked Dinner Recipes (Photos)

When summer rolls around, we find any old excuse to keep our ovens off, remembering all too well the sweltering heat that invades our kitchen when the oven cranks to 350 degrees during these warm days. But in the cold months of winter, there's nothing better than being in a warm, comforting kitchen; getting extra heat from the work of the oven, and enjoying the wafting smell that invades your home is a perk rather than an inconvenience.

So, with a bit more time until summer rolls around, now's the time to get your ovens cranking and get to cooking some of these flavorful and hearty dishes. Not only is there something inherently comforting about a baked dish, but you don't have to worry about the dish once it's in the oven -- which frees up some time to tend to other tasks.

Check out the gallery below for 21 mouth-watering baked dinner recipes. From the classic chicken pot pie to a tender leg of lamb with winter root veggies, there's a dish for everyone.

What is your favorite baked dish? Leave a comment!

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