carrot parsnip soufflé

I’m a little late with this one.

Dave and Linda from Monkeyshines in the Kitchen chose Soufflés as our November 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge! Dave and Linda provided two of their own delicious recipes plus a sinfully decadent chocolate soufflé recipe adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s recipe found at the BBC Good Food website.

carrot parsnip souffle mise en placei

Three days to be exact. I made this carrot parsnip soufflé last week, before an overnight trip to New York and before I returned with a cold and an appetite for not much more than tea and toast.

butter shallot saute

Soufflés are comfort food akin to the light airy quality found in marshmallows.

carrot parsnip roux

The root vegetables and nutty undertones of Gruyère cheese make it altogether too easy to eat spoonfuls standing at the kitchen stove.

beaten egg whites

Forget plating it.

butter & Parmesan dusted souffle dish

Soufflés are at their best piping hot from the oven, right from the dish.

carrot parsnip souffle

Of course, you may want to explain this to your dinner guests first. Or just hand them a spoon, they’ll understand.

Carrot Parsnip Soufflé

Yield 4 servings

1 to 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup carrots (cooked, seasoned, and puréed)
½ cup parsnips (cooked, seasoned, and puréed)
Butter, plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, for the dish
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup diced shallots
3 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour
1 ¼ cups warm milk
sea salt
fresh-ground pepper
pinch of cayenne
pinch ground nutmeg
1 thyme sprig, leaves only
4 egg yolks
¾ cup grated Gruyère cheese (goat’s milk Gruyère is especially good here)
2 ounces crumbled fresh goat cheese
6 egg whites

Prepare the carrots and parsnips: steam, drain, and season with salt and pepper. Cool slightly then purée in a food processor or a blender with a drizzle of olive oil until smooth, adding slightly more olive oil if necessary. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Butter a 6-cup soufflé dish or another baking dish such as a gratin dish and coat it with the Parmesan.

Melt the butter in a deep bottom skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for a few minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes more. Whisk in the milk all at once and stir vigorously for a minute or so as it thickens, then add salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, and thyme. Remove from heat. Add the carrot and parsnip puree. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time until well blended, then stir in the Gruyère and goat cheeses. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form firm peaks. Stir a quarter of them into the base to lighten the mixture. Then gently fold the soufflé base into the rest of the egg whites, being careful not to deflate them. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish, then put in the center of the oven and lower the heat to 375F. Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden, but still soft and wobbly in the center. Serve immediately.

(This recipe is inspired by Deborah Madison’s recipe for “Goat Cheese Soufflé” found in her book Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone).

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Comments

  1. A Plum By Any Other Name says:

    What a great way to use hearty root vegetables to transform them into a light main course. Love souffles, probably for the same reason that I love marshmallows! Thanks for getting me to think about explanding my souffle horizons!

  2. Gorgeous Autumn flavors, I think you just turned a soufflé into pure comfort food. Beautiful!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A lovely soufflé! Parsnip is such a refined veggie.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Mother Rimmy says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I've never attempted a souffle. I think I could tackle it with your directions. I have both carrots and parsnips that just came in my CSA.

  5. Carolyn Jung says:

    Now, this would make anybody eat their veggies. It's so beautiful, golden and poofy.

  6. Island Vittles says:

    This looks delicious…I had some parsnip puree at a Christmas potluck last year. I went back for more, but the dish was clean — the only one without leftovers. Everyone loved it! Great to have a recipe now — thanks. Theresa

  7. Fun and Fearless in Beantown says:

    Souffles definitely intimidate me so I'm definitely impressed by yours!

  8. Great job! Your souffle looks as delicious as it sounds!

  9. Hi sweet! I loved this recipe. I made this and my daughters loved it. Now, I’m a new follower.
    Please, visit my blog to know a little bit of Brazilian cooking.

    Kisses from Brazil.

    Luiz

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