Recipe: Easy & Cheesy Broccoli Souffle
“The Brady Bunch” taught me a lot – pork chops go with applesauce and freckles can be bleached with lemon juice. But it was Alice tiptoeing as her soufflé baked that really stuck with me. Seems I was duped – loud noises don’t level a soufflé, but repeatedly opening the oven does. So leave the door shut and let this airy, savoury soufflé soar. One whiff of the melted cheesy goodness and like Marsha, you too will be saying, “Oh! My nose!”
1 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 cups broccoli florets (1 large head of broccoli)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 large egg yolks
6 large egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1) Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat the bottom (not the sides) of a 2-quart soufflé dish with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the bottom of the dish and shake to coat. Set aside.
2) Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add broccoli, turn heat to low and cook 2-3 minutes until tender but not mushy. Drain well and chop florets into smaller pieces. Set aside.
3) In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add flour, whisking constantly until smooth, 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk and continue whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Add salt and Dijon mustard, continuing to stir until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and broccoli.
4) In a small bowl, lightly whisk egg yolks. While constantly whisking, add a small amount of the warm cheese mixture to the yolks. Once combined, add the rest of the yolks to the remaining cheese mixture, whisking briskly to mix. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool slightly.
5) Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Lightly fold half of the egg whites into the cheese sauce. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites taking care not to overmix. Carefully pour batter into prepared soufflé dish. Bake 50- 55 minutes until puffy and golden brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Bite Me Bit: “Well, all day long at school I hear how great Marsha is at this or how wonderful Marsha did that! Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”-Jan Brady, ‘The Brady Bunch’
Buy some extra broccoli because you’re going to love this fresh and fantastic Broccoli, Grape & Cranberry Salad.
Authors of bestselling cookbooks Bite Me, Bite Me Too and Lick Your Plate, saucy sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat love eating, feeding, entertaining and dishing up easy recipes at BiteMeMore.com.