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Comforting gratin of cauliflower, tomatoes and kale in a yogurt-harissa sauce, topped with cheese and breadcrumbs.

Rustic Cauliflower and Tomato Gratin : The Wimpy Vegetarian

The moment the weather shifts to cool and drizzly, with murky skies another type of 50 shades of gray, I yearn for soft, liquidy, melty, oozy, food that sticks to my bones.

Comfort food.

No matter where you live, how much money you have or don’t have, your religion, or ethnic background, at least three or four foods immediately comes to mind when you read ‘comfort food’. And maybe something more: memories, images, aromas, stories.

I’m not breaking new ground here, but for me, comfort food is food I have a relationship with. Emotional history. The smells of which transport me to a day I ran in from outside, little fingers stiff and cold, and plopped down to a grilled cheese sandwich oozing cheese onto the plate and my fingers, and a piping hot bowl of tomato soup.

Comfort food is a big warm hug from the past.

More than that, comfort food and me, we’re bonded by trust. When I’m sick, the only food I want is the chicken noodle soup and toasted saltine crackers dripping with melted butter that got me through countless colds and flus as a kid. No other will do.

The problem is, a lot of this wonderful food not only sticks to my bones and warms me up on cold rainy night; it moves in permanently, and before I know it, I’ve put on 10 pounds. So when I knew this week’s theme for #SundaySupper was Comfort Food, I wanted to create a lighter dish that I could develop a new relationship with.  To that end, I combined some old friends (tomatoes, cheese, and cauliflower) with some new ones (kale, yogurt, and harissa) and developed this new comfort dish. We’ll have to live together for a while to get some history, but I have to admit I ate much more than my fair share, without the guilt, and felt all warm and happy. It’s a good start.

Rustic Cauliflower and Tomato Gratin

     by Susan Pridmore


Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut to separate its florets; halve large florets
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped kale
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (Greek yogurt will be too thick)
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • zest from 1/2 large orange (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi-soft tofu (optional)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tomato, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup browned butter bread crumbs

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Steam the cauliflower over simmering water. Set aside.

Add the kale to the simmering water and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.Remove and drain well, squeezing most of the moisture out of the kale leaves.

Combine the yogurt, harissa, Worcestershire sauce, curry, sriracha, orange zest, orange juice and vinegar in a large bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Add the shallots, tofu (if using), 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, and the cauliflower and kale. Toss together with a large metal spoon until everything is coated with the yogurt sauce.

Add the chopped tomatoes, and gently toss again.

Spoon the mixture into a medium casserole dish. Top with the sliced tomatoes and the breadcrumbs.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until starting to bubble. Remove the gratin from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese over the top. Return the gratin to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Serve hot.

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We’re very excited that Lee Woodruff, a big fan of #SundaySupper, is joining us this week. Her latest book Those We Love Most,  is about family, love, tragedy, coming together and healing.  In short, it holds a reflection of all of our lives.

We would love to have you join Lee and our Sunday Supper Team during our chat on twitter on Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or follow us through TweetChatWe will be giving away 5 signed copies of Those We Love Mostall you have to do is share your most memorable comfort food recipes. 

We’d also love to feature your easy go-to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

And now, to get you in the mood for fall comfort food, take a look at what the Sunday Supper Team has cooked up for you.

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  1. Choc Chip Uru October 14, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    So much flavour and so much hunger = good combo :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  2. Renee October 14, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Cauliflower and tomatoes are two veggies I cook with often. Now a dish that combines them with a breadcrumb crust – I’m all in!
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  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 14, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    I think you gave the best description: Comfort food is a big warm hug from the past
    So many flavors in this recipe, it´s so interesting and sounds yummy!
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  4. juanitascocina October 14, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    There’s nothing more comforting to me than a dish with tomatoes. This looks simply amazing!
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  5. apuginthekitchen October 14, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Wow does this sound wonderful, a really delicious way to enjoy the ever so bland cauliflower. I hope to give this a try soon, it would be a delicious side for Thanksgiving.
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  6. baker street October 14, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Holy yum! comfort food indeed! This looks too good!
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  7. lizthechef October 14, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Love the tofu here – I’m going to sneak some into my vegetable gratins from now on.
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    • The Wimpy Vegetarian October 14, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Thanks Liz! I’m adding semi-soft tofu right now to any casseroles, pasta, anywhere in short where it can hide :-) I haven’t become a tofu lover yet, but in dishes like this I get the protein benefit without even knowing it’s there. Even Myles didn’t notice!
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  8. sunithi October 14, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Ok, healthy comfort food like this … I can eat anytime if only someone would make it for me ! Very rustic & yummy indeed ! love this !
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  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche October 14, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I’m not even a big fan of cauliflower but this looks amazing!
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  10. veronica gantley October 14, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    This would make a great Lenten recipe. I bookmarked it for later. I am pinning this puppy to!
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  11. diabeticFoodie October 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I need to change my vision of comfort food. Yum!
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  12. Megan - I Run For Wine October 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    I think this would make an amazing side dish for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing!
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  13. Jennie @themessybakerblog October 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Oh, yum! This gratin looks so good. I can’t wait to try this. Pinned.

  14. Tara October 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    This looks amazing!! Love all the spices!! I have to go look up what harissa is.
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  15. Kim Bee October 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I need to try this one for my hubby. He would flip his lid for this. Looks so good.
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  16. Katie October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    This dish looks absolutely beautiful! I love new ways to cook cauliflower aside from my usual roasting method – thanks for sharing it!
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  17. Debra October 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    This looks so delicious, comforting, and homey.
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  18. mjskit October 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I have to say – You sure make cauliflower look good! Not a huge fan of it, but this recipe and all the different flavors could probably turn that around! Great looking dish!
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  19. Bea October 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    This looks so delicious!
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  20. Jennifer B October 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I am dying for some of your dish right now! It looks so delicious!
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  21. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    OMG, I absolutely LOVE this!! and I SO love how you explained comfort food for you: “comfort food is food I have a relationship with. Emotional history.” So true! I absolutely love this! Very well said. Word.
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  22. Laura Hunter October 15, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    My last version of cauliflower gratin didn’t turn out but your recipe makes me want to try it again
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  23. Erika October 15, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Mmmm that looks so delicious! I love comfort food that you can eat just a little too much of without feeling guilty :)
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  24. Stephanie Zielinski October 15, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    I love that you brought together “old and new friends.” I can’t wait to try this recipe!
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  25. Hannah October 15, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Perfect timing for this recipe! We have wind and rain and I’m definitely in the mood for a comforting supper. I love the spice and flavors you have in here! Definitely a warm and happy dish!
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  26. Dara October 15, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Love this recipe! It’s light AND comforting. Well done.
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  27. Yum Girl October 15, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    That looks so delicious and I love the photo. If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon!
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  28. Rita Held Cartalano October 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Love this, Susan. Comfort food is THE reason my favorite season is winter. Yes, I’m atypical. Being cozy inside with a good book or movie after a “comforting” supper, is nirvana for me. Thanks for all the links!
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  29. foodwanderings October 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Love, love the photo. What a beautiful gratin. I love anything cauliflower though haven’t cooked it in so long. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  30. RecipeNewZ October 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    This gratin is just perfect for the season! No wonder it was so popular on RecipeNewZ, and now you have one more feature on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RecipeNewZ and on our brand new Google Plus page: https://plus.google.com/106005539369109733836/posts Congratulations!

  31. Renee October 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    I love comforting dishes like this – so perfect for when the temps dip. Looks great!
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  32. Liz October 16, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Such a magnificent gratin! I love the combo of tomatoes and cauliflower…but even more, anything topped with bread crumbs and cheese :)

  33. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 16, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I am a big fan of cauliflower, but my husband isn’t. But with all these spices and goodness, he just might get on board.

  34. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife October 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Beautiful! I love this and the photos!
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  35. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) October 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    “Comfort food is a big warm hug from the past.”

    ‘Tis the truth!

    I love the heat and textures going on in this dish. Hearty and healthy…
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  36. Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) October 17, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Love the touch of harissa in this!
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  37. Sarah October 18, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    This dish sounds amazing! I love gratin. Tomaotes and cauliflower sound wonderful with the spices.
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  38. Amanda October 20, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    What a great way to add flavor to cauliflower!

  39. Anne @ Webicurean October 28, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    This sounds really good. I love cauliflower, yet for some reason, I don’t cook it as often as I should. Hubby will like this one too, so definitely want to give it a try soon.
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