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Vibrant Vegetarian Spinach Soufflé with Parmesan Cheese

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Michel Roux Jr., Level 1
Michel Roux Jr.
Welcome to Michel Roux's Easy French Cooking, where he will teach you some of his favorite traditional French dishes. Learn Michel Roux's tips for a soufflé that is light as a feather and full of flavor, with a crunchy outside and a rich, gooey center. Join our Michelin-starred chef in this Grokker Premium video, and learn how to make a vibrant spinach soufflé that practically floats!

Cooking Recipe

Serves: 4

1 lb fresh spinach
¼ cup (60g) Parmesan cheese, grated
8 medium free-range egg whites
Pinch of salt
Unsalted butter, for greasing

For the Béchamel sauce:
3 tbsp (40g) unsalted butter
3 tbsp (40g) flour
1 cup (200ml) milk
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 medium free-range egg yolks

1. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and blanch the spinach for 30 seconds. Plunge the spinach into iced water to refresh, then drain and press out some of the water with your hands. Blitz the spinach in a food processor until it is smooth, then place it in a clean cheesecloth and press and squeeze out as much water as you can until the spinach purée is as dry as possible.

2. To make the Béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a small pan. Stir in the flour and cook for 3-4 minutes without letting it color, then whisk in the milk. Bring the sauce to a boil and whisk it until it is smooth. Season with the freshly grated nutmeg and some salt and pepper. Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the egg yolks, then cover the pan to prevent a skin from forming.

3. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Butter your ramekins or mould and coat the insides with grated Parmesan. Put 4 tbsp of Béchamel in a bowl, add 4 tbsp of the spinach and mix well. Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl with a pinch of salt until stiff, then fold into the Béchamel and spinach mixture a little at a time until smooth. Do not over mix.

4. Pour the mixture into the ramekins or mould. Optionally, level off with a spatula. Run a knife or your thumb around the inside rim to ensure a straight rise. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 8-10 minutes for individual soufflés or 16-18 minutes for a bigger one. Serve immediately on its own or with a sauce such as tomato coulis.


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