Spinach and Gruyere Souffle: Not Intimidating

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

spinach and Gruyere cheese souffleSouffles are really not that hard to make. They just look intimidating. The trick is to not be overly eager and open the oven too soon. If you have the proper ingredients, enough time and the right utensils, you  can be the proud presenter of a grand souffle at the dinner table.

Bon appetite!

 

Spinach & Gruyere Cheese Souffle 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking dish

1/3 cup plain dried breadcrumbs

5 cups (5 ounces) packed spinach, trimmed and washed

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk

1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese

Coarse salt and ground pepper

2 large eggs, separated, plus 2 large egg whites

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a round 1-quart tall-sided baking dish and dust with breadcrumbs; set aside. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons water over medium-high. Add spinach and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a strainer to cool; press to release liquid.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium until bubbling. Add flour and whisk until a paste forms. Continue to cook until pale blond in color, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisking, gradually add milk. Cook, whisking, until lumps are gone and mixture is thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted; season with salt and pepper. Transfer souffle base to a large bowl.

In a food processor, pulse spinach and egg yolks until coarsely pureed. Add 1/4 cup souffle base; pulse until blended. Stir  mixture into remaining souffle base.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 4 egg whites and pinch of salt on medium-high until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat), about 3 minutes. In 2 additions, gently fold egg whites into souffle base. Pour batter into prepared dish and bake until souffle is tall, browned, and firm to the touch, about 35 minutes. (Avoid opening oven during first 25 minutes of baking.) Serve immediately