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Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Greens Casserole

As a hefty vegetarian main course or as a side, this one delivers big flavor and meaty texture.

Southern Living JANUARY 2014

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Hands-on:55 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 45 Minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 lb.), cut into small florets
  • 1 (8-oz.) package fresh cremini mushrooms, stemmed and halved
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 large sweet potatoes (2 1/2 to 3 lb.), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale, collards, or mustard greens
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 (14-oz.) can butter beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • Easy Cheese Sauce
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 475°. Toss together cauliflower, mushrooms, 2 1/2 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl. Spread cauliflower mixture in a single layer in jelly-roll pan.

2. Toss together sweet potatoes, 2 1/2 Tbsp. oil, and remaining cumin, salt, and pepper. Spread in a single layer in another jelly-roll pan.

3. Bake potatoes and cauliflower at 475° for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and just tender, turning once. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes.

4. Reduce oven temperature to 375°. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, 1 minute. Add kale; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste; stir in vinegar.

5. Layer half each of sweet potatoes, cauliflower mixture, beans (if desired), kale, and 1 1/2 cups Easy Cheese Sauce in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese sauce. Stir together panko, chopped cilantro, and olive oil, and sprinkle crumb mixture over casserole.

6. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated, bubbly, and golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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