Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spinach Souffle (Adapted for 100-Miles)

THIS WAS A WONDERFUL DINNER DISH ACCOMPANIED BY SOME ROASTED VEGETABLES AND SOME MEATY MUSHROOMS. IT WOULD ALSO BE NICE AS A LIGHT LUNCH ALL ON ITS OWN. 


ingredients


  • 4    egg yolks
  • 4    egg whites
  • 1/4  cup  butter or margarine
  • 1/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • pinch of cayenne (I had to use  local ground dried chili) 
  •   Dash  ground red pepper
  • 1  cup  milk
  • 2  cups  shredded cheddar, colby, Havarti, Swiss cheese, etc (8 ounces)
  • 1/2  cup  blanched, drained and chopped fresh spinach (I used hot house spinach from Tevistock) 

directions


1. Allow the egg yolks and egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter; stir in flour, Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Add cheese, a little at a time, stirring until melted. In a medium bowl beat egg yolks with a fork until combined. Slowly add cheese sauce to egg yolks, stirring constantly. Cool slightly.
3. In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gently fold about 1 cup of the stiffly beaten egg whites into cheese sauce.
4. Gradually pour cheese sauce over remaining stiffly beaten egg whites, folding to combine. Fold in the drained spinach. Pour into an ungreased 2-quart souffle dish.
5. Bake in a 425 degree F oven, then close the door and immediately turn the temperature down to 375 degree F and bake for about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Serve immediately. Makes 4-6 servings.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe Claire! I made it for dinner tonight...except that I had no spinach, so I grated and sauteed a couple of zucchinis, and used parmigianno reggiano for the cheese. It was delicious!

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  2. Awe! No problem Laura!
    ...I'm never exact with recipes anyways, unless it's baking... but that's a whole other genre.
    How'd the zucchini work? What a fab idea!!

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  3. Look how nice and fluffy your souffle looks, has risen really nice by the picture.
    Thanks for a nice brunch idea.

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