Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 
Hands-on Time
50 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 8 servings

We prefer chopped kale in this casserole, but use your favorite green. For heartier greens like collards, cook them five minutes longer in Step 1. If you want to prepare the dish ahead, cover and chill up to three days before baking. Uncover and bake just before serving.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook kale in 1 cup boiling salted water in a Dutch oven over high heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes; drain.

Step 2

Cook onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 20 minutes or until golden. Add garlic, thyme, and nutmeg, and cook 1 minute. Stir in flour and cooked kale. Gradually stir in milk and broth, and cook, stirring often, 4 minutes or until thickened. Stir in rice, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Transfer mixture to a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 2 1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle almonds and remaining 1/2 cup cheese over mixture.

Step 4

Bake at 375° for 18 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned.

Step 5

*Swiss cheese may be substituted.

Ratings & Reviews

dunwoodycooks's Review

November 27, 2014
Looked beautiful, but did not taste great. No one at our Thanksgiving meal liked it. Perhaps using smoked Greyere cheese might help. I followed the recipe and used kale, but was very disappointed.

Great Tasting Recipe

November 25, 2015
We enjoyed the recipe very much. It did require some additional seasoning. Due to a dietary restriction we also substituted white rice and enjoyed that more than when made with brown. It off-set the hardiness of the kale.