From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
I do love the classic French Soufflé, but here I am suggesting a Soufflé that is much easier to make, prepare ahead and perfect for that large dinner party or luncheon. This has the basic formula of Strata…but we kick it up a bit. It won’t fall, is perfect to remove and plate, just a great idea for an elegant appetizer or lunch entrée. Delicious!
(However, for Gluten Free, we have you covered, just separate eggs, whip whites until firm, follow recipe but omit bread….and bake 10 mins less but same method)
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!
1 lb. asparagus medium chop
1 cup aged sharp cheddar shredded
½ cup shredded Parmesan
½ loaf of a baguette or white bread cubed
1 tsp each of finely minced Parsley and Green Onion (Optional)
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
½ cup butter melted
1 tsp The Amazing Heat
½ tsp dry mustard
2 oz. of dry sherry
Prepare 6 individual ramekins by greasing with butter. Roast chopped asparagus for 6-8 minutes in 400 degree oven with salt and pepper.
Reserve half of the asparagus pieces to assemble and blend half with milk and cream. Arrange the asparagus, cheese, and bread into layers in the ramekins.
Pour melted butter evenly over each mixture. Now, In a medium bowl beat the eggs, add the mustard, Amazing Heat, pinch salt/pepper, milk/ cream/blended cooked asparagus. When well blended add the dry sherry. Pour egg mixture over breaded Ramekins and let sit for minimum 2 hrs (can be overnight) Bake in a 350 degree oven for approx 40 minutes. Can be served in Ramekins or removed and plated on (Asparagus) Béchamel Sauce.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add flour to from Roux. Cook stirring for 2-3 minutes til sizzling but still pale in color. With wire ship stir in ½ and ½ cream; beat well to distribute. Simmer 3-4 mins. Sauce will thicken and become silky. Stir in cheese, Pummull Spice, salt & pepper, and a dash of Blazing Belle spice. That is a great Béchamel but if you want an Asparagus Béchamel, add ½ Cup of Puréed Cooked Asparagus. Viola, either choice is a winner!