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Odd short-cut souffle recipe...will this work?

danna Apr 2, 2012 12:44 PM

Looking for a souffle recipe for tonight and ran across the following :

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

It calls for mixing the yolks into the spinach and cheese, then folding in whipped whites. Skips that whole pesky bechamel part. Notice it calls for a pie plate rather than a souffle dish.

So...what do you think this would be like? Most of the reviewers were ok with it, although several mentioned it didn't puff up like they expected. If it's 90% as good as the real thing, it might not be a bad item to have in the week-night repertoire.

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    Isolda RE: danna Apr 2, 2012 01:13 PM

    Since the bechamel is already present in the creamed spinach--at least I think it is, never bought it, but I'm guessing it's just spinach cooked in white sauce, right?--you'll probably be fine with this recipe. It probably won't rise like a regular souffle, but I'm sure it will get puffy and have a nice texture. And if you get a good brand of creamed spinach (no preservatives or anything you wouldn't have in your cupboard or fridge), it will probably taste good, too. Even a fallen souffle can still taste fantastic.

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      danna RE: Isolda Apr 2, 2012 01:17 PM

      Ohhh! duh. I just thought creamed spinach was another name for pureed spinach (you know, like when you "cream" butter and sugar?) I didn't realize it had actual cream in it. Hmmm... I was planning to use fresh spinach and puree. thanks for the heads up!

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        danna RE: danna Apr 2, 2012 01:19 PM

        note: I just googled "creamed spinach" and up popped a Paula Deen recipe. So it must have cream AND butter. ;-) Pass.

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          jeanmarieok RE: danna Apr 2, 2012 01:30 PM

          A lot of creamed spinach recipes have butter and cream in them. As does bechamel. So it's not a Paula Deen thing.....

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            danna RE: jeanmarieok Apr 2, 2012 01:58 PM

            this thing... ;-) ....is meant to indicate a joke. although if you have to tell people somthing is a joke...i think that means it's not funny. sorry.

            Anyhow, here's another one: another recipe calls for 1/4 white wine in the bechamel. Is this common in souffle?

    2. GretchenS RE: danna Apr 2, 2012 01:51 PM

      If you try it, please report back! I vaguely remeber doing something similar with spinach and goat cheese awhile back that was mighty tasty but have no recollection what exactly it was or where I got it.

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