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Asparagus Souffle

Asparagus Souffle

I have been wanting to try making a souffle for a while now. They have seemed a bit intimidating and I had been holding off but when I saw this recipe for an asparagus souffle I just had to try it. I had a lot of fresh local asparagus and this sounded like a perfect way to enjoy some of it. I cut the recipe back a bit as I only had 4 ramekins. I was not sure if playing with the ingredient ratios was a good idea given that souffles are supposed to be a bit challenging to make. This souffle is basically a puree of asparagus mixed into a bechamel sauce that is then folded into some beaten egg whites. I have made bechamel and beaten egg whites several times so the souffle actually came together fairly easily. The ramekins that contain the souffle are in hot water while cooking and this is called a bain marie. I was pleased to see that the souffles puffed up nicely while cooking and I pulled out my camera right away. The souffle deflated quite quickly as I was taking pictures. Souffles are even harder to photograph that melting ice cream! The asparagus souffles were super light and fluffy and moist and good! They did not end up with the dark green colour that I was hoping for but they were really tasty. I think that the next time I make them I will use more asparagus. I really enjoyed the souffle and I now look forward to experimenting with different flavours, both savoury and sweet.

Ingredients:
4 ramekins
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 cup asparagus (cut into one inch pieces)
1 teaspoon butter
1 shallot (chopped)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon thyme (chopped)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 egg yolks (lightly beaten)
1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano or gruyere cheese (grated)
2 egg whites

Directions:
1. Butter and coat the ramekins with the bread crumbs.
2. Boil the asparagus until just tender.
3. Run the asparagus under cold water to stop the cooking process.
4. Melt the butter in a pan.
5. Add the shallot and saute until just tender, about 3-5 minutes.
6. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
7. Puree the asparagus, and shallots in a food processor.
8. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.
9. Add the flour and stir to mix.
10. Add the milk, egg yolks, nutmeg, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk until it thickens.
11. Add the cheese and mix it in as it melts and remove from the heat.
12. Mix the cheese mixture and asparagus mixture together.
13. Beat the egg whites in a bowl until just stiff.
14. Fold the egg whites into the cheese and asparagus mixture.
15. Pour the batter into the ramekins, place the ramekins into a baking dish and fill the baking dish with hot water up to half the height of the ramekins.
16. Bake in a preheated 400F for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 350F and bake for another 15 minutes.

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43 comments:

Gloria said...

Kevin I love Asparagus, are delicious! and you, is the first time you make this??? amazing!!
This is really lovely and yummy!!!Gloria

VeggieGirl said...

I'm DEFINITELY intimidated by the idea of making a souffle; but wow, you make it look so easy!! It looks FANTASTIC!!

Tara said...

Oh man, this sounds (and looks!) so good... I love asparagus and I have yet to attempt a souffle. I'll bet the texture is amazing. Very nice!

Dani Spies said...

Big fan of the addition of nutmeg...yum!! Kevin...do you ever stop cooking;)?

Vicarious Foodie said...

Congratulations on your souffle success! I've never made one myself--I know I'd mess it up.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Yumm, looks great Kevin. I know what you mean about being hard to capture on film (err.. compactflash). Nice job!

Ginny said...

Yummy! I love making souffles...taught my boyfriend just last night! We made goat cheese herbs ones :)

Diana Evans said...

this looks very yummy...I have some fresh asparagus from the garden....if only you could make me one of those with it...lol

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Kevin, as if you have ever stepped back from a challenge.....these souffles look delicious.

Heather said...

Dude, do you have a day job? Beautiful souffle. You're a real trip, you know that?

Charlotte at Great Big Veg Challenge said...

Kevin - As I was reading this I thought - I hope you have submitted this to in the bag.
Its a great recipe and looks delicious.
Have printed off the recipe to try out!
Hope you are well..

Bellini Valli said...

Plenty of delightful flavours in this souffle. They are hard to photograph aren't they:D

yen said...

That sounds awesome! I'm always looking for new ways to use asparagus - thanks!

jasmine.celion said...

that texture is amazing it is s onice

jasmine celion
cool-hotstuff.blogspot.com

sher said...

I haven't made a souffle in a long time. And now I think I'll correct that, since seeing that delicious picture.

Lori said...

Great job on the souffle...and on getting the nice picture! Sounds like a good way to get some vegetables in. :)

giz said...

perfect size in a ramekin. The souffle looks lite as it should be and would be really flavourful with the asparagus.

Pam said...

I've never tried making a souffle. Too scary.

LyB said...

"Harder to photograph than melting ice cream", that made me laugh! What blogging does to us! Your soufflé looks delicious Kevin, I just love asparagus.

nicisme said...

Oh what a beauty! I had to laugh as I imagined you with your camera in position as it came out of the oven!
Well done, I'm suitably impressed!

amandalwh said...

I always wanted to try, but i'm intimidated by the idea of making a souffle. =X i bet i will most certainly messed it up! congrats on your success kevin! :)

Amanda

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

My hat's off to you, Kevin. A souffle is an ambitious undertaking and you did it beautifully. Great Job!

Lisa said...

I could eat this anytime of day. A perfect use of asparagus Kevin. You never fail to please.

Daziano said...

Yes, souffle is so intimidating!!! I have never tried to make one of my own.. I'm sure I'd burn it! Sei bravo Kevin!

diva said...

i agree. souffles are intimidating but they sure are yummy!

kimberleyblue said...

Those are a lot of instructions!

But the final result looks so worth it. Mmm!

Lina said...

im too scared to try making souffles. asparagus souffle sounds great! wow!

Mansi Desai said...

the souffle looks great Kevin! even i was skeptical about trying it the first time, but its not as hard as the buzz that surrounds it:)

nice way to use asparagus:)

gaga said...

Wow! I'm impressed that you even attempted a souffle. And on top of that, it's gorgeous! *clap* *clap* *clap*

Sylvia said...

Wow Kevin , looks great. I made one in September , I guess, and I love the taste.
Congrats , looks delicious

christie said...

Impressive...really impressive!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Wonderful job Kevin, it looks golden, fluffy and savory!

Elle said...

I'm so nervous about making souffle, but I've always wanted to try! These look delicious, Kevin!

cookinpanda said...

I've never made a souffle. This sounds really great though... the idea of using asparagus. Your directions are very direct and clear. They will definitely be useful if I ever get around to trying a souffle of my own.

Deborah said...

I have always wondered how difficult it would be to photograph a souffle! This sounds so delicious, though - and I've been seeing some great asparagus lately!

RecipeGirl said...

lol... I've had a tough time photographing souffles before too. It's almost better to photograph them while they're still inside the oven!

Rosie said...

Asparagus Souffle oh my Kevin this has to be food for the gods - looks wonderful as always :)

Rosie x

kristina said...

Asparagus finds it's way into my cart every trip to the grocery store. Thanks for this and the asparagus mushroom quiche recipe!

We Are Never Full said...

this may be one of the best things you've made on this blog (to me only b/c i love both souffle and asparagus! beautiful job.

maybelles parents said...

gorgeous. I made aspargus souffle too for In the Bag, but I like yours better.

*M* said...

This is absolutely WONDERFUL! At first I was unsure if it was done because the souffles turned out pale green and not brown at the top. My friends loved them and I would definitely make them again.

A note: the process is very convoluted. Make sure you read all directions and keep an eye on all pots--especially if you are cooking an entire meal.

eatme_delicious said...

Yum another delicious looking thing on your blog! I've never had a souffle before.

Jaime said...

your souffle is beautifully puffed up! well done! i have yet to try my hand at souffles

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