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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sweet Potato and Smoked Gouda Souffle

Sophie had me try smoked Gouda a few years ago. I've been a fan ever since. This souffle has roasted sweet potato and a bit of nutmeg mingled with the smokey flavored Gouda all contained in a pecan crust. I think you're going to be so happy you tried it...
Sweet Potato and Smoked Gouda Souffle
1 cup sweet potato chunks, peeled, 1- 2 inch dice
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 1/3 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 to 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 eggs
1 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (or hazelnuts or bread crumbs)
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle sweet potato chunks with olive oil, toss to coat and place on a baking sheet. Roast for about 20 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Remove from oven and mash until smooth with a fork. Measure 1/2 cup and set aside. (Use any remaining for another recipe.) Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet until melted. Stir in flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly stir in milk and continue to cook until thickened. Stir in salt and nutmeg. Set aside to cool. Separate eggs, placing whites in a large mixing bowl and yolk in a smaller one. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat whites to stiff peaks and set aside. Beat yolks slightly with a flat wire whip, then whisk into cooled milk mixture (white sauce). Combine thoroughly. Whisk in mashed sweet potatoes and then Gouda. Take about 1/3 of the egg whites and lightly fold into the egg yolk/ cheese mixture to lighten it. Spoon mixture into remaining egg whites and fold in with a rubber scraper until mixture is combined and has few white streaks. Prepare souffle dish by buttering the bottom and 3/4 up the sides. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and twist dish to coat. Even out any loose nuts in the bottom of the pan by shaking it. Spoon souffle batter into prepared dish and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
Hints: Roasting the sweet potatoes adds a depth of flavor that pairs well with the smokiness of the cheese. (I roasted more than a cup and will post a recipe that used the rest.) Grating nutmeg is easy on a micro-plane but you can use ground nutmeg. Measure the cheese loosely, not packed. If you don't eat nuts, the bread crumbs will work fine, but the toasted nut flavor really adds the final note of deliciousness here. A perfectly cooked souffle will be just barely set in the center, still moist and very jiggly. The nut crust will be crispy but not charred. The souffle can wait before cooking for a few minutes, but needs to be served immediately once baked. This recipe could be cooked in 12 ounce ramekins for individual servings and would need to cook about 25 minutes.
This souffle has a scent and flavor so well suited to cold weather! Gathering around a table to spoon out a portion to those you care for in the warmth of your home is so satisfying. Laughing and talking about how their day went or plans for tomorrow or challenges we face is a way to connect and re-connect as you share a lovely meal together. Of course connecting can be done without the lovely meal, over fast food takeout if need be. But there is something extra, some bit of intimacy that occurs when we cook for those we love and they partake with grateful hearts.






3 comments:

  1. Holy smokes! Smoked gouda- putting this on my list to try! Looks heavenly, Auntie Megan. Thank you for posting.
    Tristie

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    1. I think you will like smoked Gouda! And you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by when you were in town last week--It was super to see you all!

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  2. This is something I also have to try! I am not sure my family will eat it, but that means more for me!

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