Je Goûterai - I will taste

Photography student who loves to cook and bake! My New year's resolution, to try my hand at cooking at least 52 new recipes!

28.6.12 - 52 recipes done!

Next target, 104 recipes to reach by the end of the year!
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No. 3: Cauliflower Cheese Soufflés - 4.1.12

I didn’t make these the yesterday as I said I would, was being a bit lazy to be honest so instead I decided to make them today for my lunch! I didn’t want to make a whole batch of this recipe as I’ve never tried a soufflé before so I didn’t want to waste ingredients on something I didn’t like! So instead I halved the recipe as much as I could and made my soufflés in ramekins instead of a soufflé dish! I also didn’t have a cauliflower but instead I had half a broccoli leftover so used that instead!! Here is the original quantities for this recipe!

25g of butter or marg
2-3 tbsp of flour
250ml of milk
3 eggs, separated
25-50g of Cheddar Cheese, grated
25g-50g of Parmesan, grated
(To be honest you can use whatever cheese you have lying about in the fridge)

  • Cut the cauliflower (or in my case, broccoli) into florets and simmer gently in a saucepan of boiling water, or steam it for a few minutes. It should be a little cooked, slightly softened but not to the point where they just fall apart and are nearly mushy.

  • Drain and then transfer to your soufflé dish or split them amongst 6 single serving ramekins. And now PRE HEAT THE OVEN TO 180oC

  • Now to making the cheese sauce! Melt the butter in the pan and add the flour to make a rue. (It is meant to be quite thick at this point so don’t worry, just whisk the crap out of it when adding the milk to get rid of lumps!) Now add the cheddar cheese and milk a little bit at a time, whisking in between to make sure you get a smooth even mix. At this point I had put both my cheeses in as, again, I didn’t read the recipe. It was so amazingly cheesy! (YUM)

  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks.

  • In another bowl whisk the egg white till they form stiff peaks and fold this into the cheese sauce with a metal spoon. When done, pour over the cauliflower and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.

  • Transfer into the oven for about 20-25mins until slightly risen and golden brown!!

This is meant to be a side dish for a main meal but you could add lots of different veg such as onion, mushrooms (boff), tomatoes or whatever, just to make it a bit more filling!
I was shocked at how simple and well this recipe went. I seem to have cocked up on everything I’ve tried so far so it was a nice change for everything to run so smoothly! I had 2 of the ramekins for a small lunch (I had a late breakfast so wasn’t very hungry) and they were really nice! I used a combination of Cheddar and a quite strong mature cheese and it tasted really nice! Broccoli seemed to work fine in it as well! So now I have a recipe to show of a little if I have to cook for my family or friends ;)  

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