Pumpkin-Poblano Casserole

Pumpkin-Poblano Casserole


2 poblano peppers 1 large red bell pepper 3/4 cup thinly vertically sliced yellow onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 3/4 pounds sugar pumpkin or kabocha squash, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1/3-in.-thick wedges 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 1/4 lb.), peeled and thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper Cooking spray 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated low-fat milk 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

How to Make It

Step 1
Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2
Place poblano and bell peppers on a baking sheet lined with 2 long sheets of foil. Place pan on top rack of oven; broil 12 minutes or until blackened and charred, turning after 6 minutes. Remove from oven; loosely wrap peppers in foil, crimping edges to seal. Cool. Working on foil, peel and seed peppers. Transfer to a cutting board; discard skin, seeds, membranes, and foil. Cut peppers into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 4
Combine onion, oil, pumpkin, potato, and garlic; toss. Sprinkle with flour and next 4 ingredients (through ground red pepper), tossing to coat. Place one-third of pumpkin mixture in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with one-third of pepper strips. Repeat procedure twice with pumpkin mixture and peppers. Pour milk over vegetables. Coat top layer with cooking spray. Cover with foil; bake at 400°F for 45 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes and pumpkin are tender.