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This dish is so, so yummy. In fact, I would recommend doubling or tripling it! It combines some of my favorite flavors, and I have to admit the idea is not all my own. Last night, my brilliant, new-to-cooking younger sister made a cauliflower kugel that was so delicious. I wanted to create something that was similar to her dish, but cheesier.
Cheesy Potato & Cauliflower Casserole
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cups thinly sliced cauliflower
1 large red potato, thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, unpeeled, with ends cut off
1/2 tbsp butter + 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp pesto
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top
Freshly cracked pepper
Butter, to grease baking dish
Combine olive oil and butter in a skillet. One bubbling, add thinly sliced onions and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow onions to caramelize for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Thinly slice cauliflower and potato. Reserve enough large potato slices to cover the top of your casserole, and cut the rest into ribbons. Mix cauliflower and potatoes with 2 tsp olive oil and freshly cracked pepper. Lay out on a greased baking sheet, with 5 garlic cloves (still unpeeled). Roast at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. In a bowl combine sour cream, pesto and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Set aside. When the cauliflower and potatoes are done, take the garlic cloves out of the papers and chop them up.
In a glass bowl, mix together garlic, cauliflower and potatoes, caramelized onions and sour cream mixture. Grease a casserole dish (I used an 8″ round one) with butter. Pour the mixture into the dish, layer on the thinly sliced potatoes, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (however much you want- go crazy!). On a middle rack, bake covered, for 15 minutes. Then uncover and bake for 15 additional minutes, rotating half way through.
This dish smells so yummy when it is baking- I wish you all could be in my kitchen right now! I was really craving macaroni and cheese for dinner, but since it is passover this is a great alternative. I really think cauliflower is overlooked sometimes, which is unfortunate because it is so versatile. And seriously, its so yummy that I might eat the entire casserole!
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