Spinach Souffle

souffleSometimes I do crazy things.

We saw Julie and Julia this weekend, and I finally caught the Julia Child bug.  I had some truffle butter that I bought a few weeks ago that I wanted to use tonight, so I bought a steak. I wanted to have something different on the side, so in true Julia form, I decided to make a souffle. Never mind that I’ve never made souffle before. Never mind that it’s 90 degrees in the house. Never mind that I can’t find the whisk part of my Kitchen Aid and the recipe required egg white beaten until stiff. Sometimes I do crazy things.

baking souffle

I ran into a few problems – my rammekin was the wrong size, I think the ratio of wet ingredients to dry ingredients in the recipe I used may have been off a little (my batter was very dry), I ran out of white flour and had to use mostly wheat, and I gave up beating those egg white a little before I should have because I thought my arm was going to fall off and I was drenched in sweat. But aside from that, this came out pretty good. It puffed up like it was supposed it. It was light and airy and slightly eggy. It had a great spinach flavor, without tasting very strongly of anything.

There were a few moments where I thought this wasn’t going to work out. I even started to cook up some extra spinach in case it was inedible. I shouldn’t have second guessed myself. Cooking isn’t difficult – it’s a science, but it doesn’t need to be perfect in order to taste good. I choked because souffles are supposed to be intimidating. I shouldn’t have cared. As Julia said, “you just have to have the courage of your conviction.” If we never attempt the crazy in the kitchen,we never learn new things. This souffle may not have been perfect, but I know where I went wrong, and I know that I can do better next time. So here’s my challenge to you: this week, do something new and scary in the kitchen; something that intimidates you. Don’t be afraid of failure. Even if it comes out horribly, what do you lose? A few eggs and some milk? Not the end of the world. Let me know what you make, and if you succeed. I’ll be waiting anxiously to hear your stories.

Bon Appetit.

souffle 2Spinach Souffle

  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup spinach, blanched and chopped
  • 3 egg whites

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, for about 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Stir a little bit of this mixture int you egg yolks to bring them up to temperature, then whisk all of the egg yolks into the mixture. Let cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spinach.

Beat the egg whites until they form medium to firm peaks. Fold egg whites into spinach mixture.

Butter a medium rammekin, then add the souffle mixture. Bake in a 400 degree oven until the souffle puffs up, the top turns golden, and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the baking dish – about 20 minutes. Resist the udge to open the oven door white the souffle bakes- the vibration from it closing can cause it to fall. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Serves 2-3.

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Comments

  1. Well, for making some mistakes it sure did photograph well! It looks good enough to eat!

    That is a great challenge. I found a recipe for hot milk caramel cake that when I first read the instructions I thought, “Wow! This sounds complicated.” But I have decided to give it a try this weekend anyway.

  2. it looks like it turned out great!

  3. The recipe sounds delicious. Give it another try. Didn’t you love the movie ? I though it a perfect summer movie.

  4. Lovely job on the souffle. I like how the spinach just wants to burst out of there. I’ve been wanting to try an make one, but I have a fear of screwing it up. i’ll eventually try it, but for now. I’ll have some of yours. LOL.

  5. This looks ridiculously delicious!!

  6. I think the souffle looks wonderful & inspiring! I think I will have to try something new in the kitchen this week. As my husband would say “If it doesn’t work out, we can always have pizza!” :-D

  7. Yummie, this spinach souffle looks delicious…a very hearty meal! Nice pictures as well.

  8. You worked out your little problems for an awesome turn-out!! You reminded me of a Julia quote I have on my foodbuzz profile; “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” You certainly had that here – very inspirational!

  9. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Great job on a souffle! The flavors sound delicious! It will definitely be easier next time, especially with the kitchenaid :)

  10. I loved Julie & Julia and would see it again in an instant!! Your souffle looks perfect!

  11. Wow, that came out beautifully!

  12. Like the recipe but you mention 2 egg yolks and I didnt see where it is added.

  13. I love the idea that you challenged yourself, and are challenging others. I’m game, but not until this 90 degree plus heat stops will I turn on my oven.

  14. Souffle looks delicious!

  15. Your souffle looks so Amazing!

    I have bookmarked it! I have had a souffle dish forever, so I think it’s time to use it….lol!!!

    Thank you!

  16. No matter the little mixups in the kitchen your souffle looks amazing!

  17. Bonjour
    Sounds excellent

  18. Albany Jane says:

    LK – you are a BADASS! Souffle? That is some hard core baking shizz right there!

  19. If this is bad,then you should see the mishaps in my kitchen!!
    I would love to try out this :)

  20. Good for you for trying and it looks really good. One of these days I am going to try a souffle. ;-)

  21. It turned out beautifully!! i think Julia Child would be proud

    I want to see Julie & Julia so bad!! I’m thinking it’ll be a good movie to see with my Mom :)

  22. TCB- that cake sounds decadent!
    VelleyWriter- haha, yeah we eat a lot of pizza ;)
    Trudy- thanks for pointing that out! I updated the recipe, they go in before the spinach.
    AlbanyJane- you comments always make me smile :)
    Sarah- you should see it! it was really good- especially for people that like food. I liked the Julia parts best though. Julie annoys me.

  23. Looks great to me!!!

    LOL @ the “egg beating”! I’ve done that before and I feel your pain ;P

  24. I love spinach souffle. I recently saw the movie too and had to jump on beef bourguignon! ;)

  25. This looks really yummy. I love anything with spinach :-D
    thanks for the recipe!

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