Chef John's Asparagus Souffle

Chef John's Asparagus Souffle
Adapted from allrecipes.com
Chef John's Asparagus Souffle

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2

    tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1

    cup cold milk

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1

    pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1/2

    clove garlic, minced

  • 4

    eggs, separated

  • 1/2

    cup grated sharp white Cheddar cheese

Directions

Cook asparagus in a saucepan of boiling water until bright green but still crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer asparagus to ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and stir until mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Whisk milk into butter-flour mixture; bring to a simmer and cook until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Place milk mixture, garlic, and asparagus in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour asparagus mixture into a large bowl; stir in egg yolks and Cheddar cheese. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) Generously butter 4 (6-ounce) ramekins Beat egg whites in a large glass or metal mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites will form soft mounds rather than a sharp peak Stir half of egg whites into asparagus cheese mixture until just combined. Gently fold remaining egg whites into mixture. Fill prepared ramekins about 3/4 full and place on a baking sheet; bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes

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