Today, I’ve decided to share with you my favorite cauliflower recipe. It is an easy and hearty dish that makes everyone ask for a second serving of veggies. Not sure that’s even possible? Try this amazing green kale and cauliflower casserole. It is going to change everyone’s opinion about veggie side dishes.
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Can you remember the last time someone asked for seconds of veggies at your kitchen table? Don’t count the mashed or roasted potatoes… No? Well, that is all about to change with this recipe for green kale and cauliflower casserole. The cauliflower is nice and tender and covered with green creamy bechamel sauce. Everything is topped with fragrant breadcrumbs, that gives a little bit of crispiness to this soft and creamy dish.
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While it is perfect served as a side dish for grilled chicken or steak (or my crispy quinoa patties), my family also loves to eat it on its own. Because this kale and cauliflower casserole get all the attention once it’s served, I often need to double up the recipe.
You don’t have to believe my words, just go ahead and make this creamy, dreamy dish. First, you’ll need a nice cauliflower head, and cut it into florets. If you want, you can also use frozen cauliflower, that you can find in all supermarkets all year round. There is nothing wrong with that. They’ve got frozen while full of healthy nutrients. But, if you are using the fresh cauliflower, please don’t throw away that lovely stalk. Just cut it into bite-size pieces and combine with the florets.
Second, you need to make nice and creamy bechamel sauce with a twist. Blend the kale leaves with a little bit of milk using any type of blender or food processor. To make bechamel sauce you need to melt the butter, then add garlic and flour. Cook for a minute or so, to remove that raw flour taste. Now start adding the milk in small portions, and stir well to prevent lumps. Add the green milk and kale blend at the end to preserve that lovely green color.
When the sauce is done, pour it over the cauliflower florets. Top everything with breadcrumb topping and bake until the cauliflower is tender. Your green kale and cauliflower casserole is done when it’s golden and bubbly. Just make sure to give it a few minutes to cool down (It’s going to be hard! Trust me!), because no one wants to have burned palate.
I know this is going to become one of your favorite veggie side dish recipes. And at this very moment, I am thinking about making this again today. YUM!
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