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Savory Carrot Souffle

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend – ours was uneventful (it rained a lot).  We did finish watching the 3rd season of Mad Men on DVD and are now chomping at the bit for Season 4 to come out later this month.  That’s how we watch television – we wait for someone we know (and trust) to carry on about how good a show is then buy it on DVD…or watch it on Netflix and Amazon video like we did with the first four seasons of Dexter.

Anyone have any good suggestions for what show we should watch next?   Nothing that we have to schedule ourselves to sit down every week on a certain day at a certain time; we just don’t roll that way.

Anyhoo…moving forward.

I made this last week while staring at 2 pounds of baby carrots in my fridge that needed to be used.  I like carrots a great deal, but they don’t exactly inspire me to prepare them in new and unusual ways.  Fortunately, inspiration struck and the next thing I knew we were eating this for dinner; even The Young One, who prefers his carrots raw, ate a few bites – and willingly!

Carrot Souffle

Carrot Souffle, Plated

Savory Carrot Souffle

serves 8

2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 large onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 large eggs, separated

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 2-quart casserole or soufflé dish and set aside.

Place the carrots in a large pot and cover with water; add about a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to the bowl of a food processor; puree until smooth.

While the carrots are cooking, melt the butter in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and nearly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one minute more. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites on high until stiff, but not dry. In a separate, small bowl, beat the egg yolks with a fork until thick and lemon colored.

Transfer the carrot puree to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the onion/garlic mixture, salt, pepper, cayenne, cheese and beaten egg yolks until well-blended. Gently fold in the egg whites with a rubber or silicon spatula.

Scrape the carrot mixture into the dish and smooth with the spatula. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly puffy. Serve immediately.

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19 comments

Michele says:

This sounds awesome! I’ll be trying it out next week, won’t be home and no carrots this week.

Hey, sent something your way. You should see it there by Wednesday or Thursday.

Jan says:

Make the souffle – you will LOVE it.

*SQUEEEEE* I can’t wait to get it!!!

chuck says:

ok, while your writing your cookbook, you should also open a restaurant. your recipes look so good.

Jan says:

I’m flattered, but I’ve worked in food service before – back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I managed a bakery/lunch cafe. A restaurant? Not these days.

Lisa says:

Delicious. And how great to have something I can do with the carrots I often buy and look at.

Jan says:

It’s different, for sure! I made some interesting “pancakes” with the leftovers; they need work, but when I’ve got them perfected, I’ll post the recipe.

rubbish says:

Hi Jan,
Since Xmas the Mrs and I have been watching Bones. Just finished Season 4 and have ordered Season five off of Amazon. Really enjoyed it. Also watching 30 Rock which I hadn’t seen before.

Jan says:

Someone else recommended 30 Rock – we’re looking into it.

I love carrots any way you slice them and dice them, but this way may become my favorite.
As for seasons, give Modern Family a chance. The cast and writing are perfection!

Jan says:

I think Beloved’s looking into Modern Family on your recommendation alone. :)

Oh man – even with my reduced appetite and wonky taste buds because of being sick, that looks SO GOOD!!!

Jan says:

It was good! I hope you’re feeling better. I’ve been so busy I’ve barely had time to read any blogs, but I’ll be over to visit you here in a bit.

Jolly says:

I want to try this with G, I think he would love this!

Jan says:

Come on up to visit, and I’ll make it for you! ;)

Mmm that looks good! I have one more disc to go on Mad Men myself. We do the same thing …

Jan says:

Ohhhhhh – wait till you see the last episode! And yes, that’s all I’m saying. :P

SSG says:

this looks delicious!

Jan says:

Well, hey there, you! Long time no see! Everything okay over there across the pond?

Erin says:

Other half and I still haven’t watched the last season of Lost.

Mad Men – sigh – I sometimes try to stay up late for that one – it’s on in the summer at least.

xoxo

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