Spinach Cheese Bacon Souffle

Tonight for dinner I had spinach to use up, so I made a souffle.  I saw this done on America’s Test Kitchen, and it looked pretty easy.  I just tweaked the ingredients, but the steps are the same.  Mix your flour, butter, milk mixture until it is a custard consistancy, then add the egg yolks and flavoring ingredients.  Beat the egg whites (use cream of tartar and sugar to stabilize the protein structure) until they form peaks.  If you whip them too much the whites will fall and get watery.

Here is the recipe I used from Big Oven

1 container Nonstick Cooking Spray Enough to line pan 1 cup Milk
1/4 cup Parmesan grated 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese grated
4 tablespoon Butter (or Margarine) melted 8 large Egg separated
1 small Onion diced 1/4 teaspoon Salt
4 tablespoon Flour 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1 package Frozen chopped Spinach thawed 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions A-1) Heat oven to 400 2) Spray inside surfaces of 8 inch x 8 cup souffl dish or other 8 inch by 4 inch or higher bake able pot/casserole, then “flour” with the grated parmesan or other finely grated cheese. (this will give souffl traction to rise. If needed sides can be extended by wrapping either bakers parchment or aluminum foil around pan to increase height. If using foil, treat as the pan sides. Souffl will double in volume! B) In saucepan, melt butter, add the diced onion, and cook until translucent. 2) Gradually stir in flour. 3) Allow butter-flour mixture to cook for a few minutes. 4) Add the chopped spinach, no need to drain, as water will be part of the liquid additions. 5) Slowly stir in milk and cook until thickened. 6) Reduce heat and stir in grated cheddar cheese. 7) When cheese is melted. Turn off heat and allow to start cooling 8) Add egg yolks one at a time stirring to keep thick, add salt, and pepper to taste. When all yolks are added, start whipping the egg whites, this will allow for more cooling time. C-1) Add the baking soda to the egg whites and whip until stiff, they should form and hold peaks. 2) Slowly fold stiff egg whites into cheese mixture. 3) Pour mixture into prepared souffl pan. D) Place on middle rack of oven and turn oven down to 350 1) Bake 30-40 minutes. DO NOT OPEN OVEN for first 25 minutes! 2) Souffl will hold in oven for about 5 minutes, but ideally should be served immediately.

And what you’ve all been waiting for:  The finished product!


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