A soufflé brings to mind a time-consuming, temperamental, intimidating dish not something easily whipped up for a weeknight supper. But soufflés are very simple. They involve very few (and basic) ingredients, a short prep time, and a good 30-minutes in the oven that allows you to do other things. (The 30 minutes standing time in this recipe allows the eggs come to room temperature.) Serve this airy, cheese-and-spinach dish with a green salad and crusty bread.
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
- 4 eggs
- 1½ cups lightly packed chopped spinach
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon
- ½ cup finely shredded Swiss or Gruyère cheese (2 ounces)
- Separate eggs. Allow egg yolks and whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Position oven rack so it is in the bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease bottom and sides of a 1-quart soufflé dish with a 6-inch diameter. To make a collar for the soufflé dish, measure enough foil to wrap around the top of the soufflé dish and add 3 inches. Fold the foil in thirds lengthwise. Lightly grease 1 side of the foil. Attach the foil with greased side toward center, around the outside of the dish so the foil extends 2 inches above the dish. Tape or pin the ends of the foil together; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan cook spinach in a small amount of boiling water about 3 minutes or just until wilted. Drain in a colander, pressing most of the liquid from the spinach. Pat dry with paper towels. You should have about ¼ cup cooked spinach; set aside.
- For sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat about 2 minutes or until mixture starts to turn golden. Carefully add milk whisking constantly until combined. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in cooked spinach and the tarragon.
- In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium to high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold about 1 cup of the egg whites into the sauce to lighten. Fold the sauce and the cheese into the remaining egg whites in bowl. Pour mixture into the prepared soufflé dish.
- Bake in the lower third of the oven about 35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted near the center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Carefully remove the foil collar. Serve immediately. To serve, insert two forks into the center to gently tear the soufflé into four pieces.
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* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.
DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not allfoodchef.com recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.