VALENTINES day is this coming Sunday so why not make something different and surprise him or her with a super tasting savoury spinach/cheese soufflé?
You were probably thinking chocolate right?
A soufflé (I love the sound of the word – it rhymes with “to play”) is likely something you don’t make very often if at all, and most people love them. A perfect soufflé is always crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. This recipe comes courtesy of my friend Ruth who recently made it to rave reviews including mine. Now I’m making it too. I might even double the decadence and make *chocolate soufflé (my recipe below) for dessert. Chocolate is good for the soul especially for Valentines Day. Enjoy!
(serves 4 -6 with a side salad)
Set your oven to 375F
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
4-5 eggs separated
1 bunch spinach
Make a *roux with the butter & flour
*To make a roux heat the butter in a pan or skillet over medium heat until just melted. Then add the flour. Use a whisk and begin stirring the mixture constantly. Break up any lumps with whisk and distribute mixture evenly. If you’ve never made a roux you might want to click on the link below – it’s pretty easy.
blend in milk, cayenne, dry mustard + salt to the roux
Cook, stirring until thick. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
Add de-stemmed, cooked, chopped spinach. I prefer to steam it first.
Remove from heat and beat in egg yolks
Beat whites until they peak
Using a spatula, fold in egg whites, half at a time. Do not stir!
Pour into buttered 1 1/2 quart soufflé dish. Draw a circle with knife an inch or so from rim
Place in middle of oven – Bake at 375F for about 35 minutes (I add 5-10 extra minutes so it’s well done in the middle)
How to make a Roux: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Roux
Chocolate Soufflé Recipe: https://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2013/02/05/simple-satisfying-chocolate-souffle/