Sunday, January 29, 2012

Very Good Recipes breakfast challenge

     Very Good Recipes is holding a breakfast around the world challenge. That alone is exciting, but being a judge is thrilling for me! I have been perusing the recipes and they look and sound amazing. I am dedicating time this coming weekend to preparing some of the recipes. One of the nice aspects of the challenge is the fact that it is a global call to breakfast. It's interesting and something I've never thought of before, but I could conjure up a dinner from Finland, France, and Florida, but would be hard pressed to think of breakfast from Iceland, Iran or Iberia. Thanks to Stephane Gigandet and Very Good Recipes we will be introduced to wonderful foods and ideas.
     As a judge I also am required to submit a recipe ( not for judgement). I thought long and hard, made a few flops, looked around for something eggy/omelety and came up with spinach souffle. Well Julia Child came up with the recipe actually, I am just reaffirming its yumminess. I was also thinking about a time-versatile recipe....think breakfast for dinner. Feel free to play around with omelet type ingredients...sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms, ham, varied cheeses....
   BTW....dear family loved leftovers!

from Julia Child's, Mastering the Art of French Cooking:

6cup souffle mold
enameled saucepan
1 tb minced shallots or green onion
1/4 cup blanched chopped spinach (or chopped frozen-which will take several minutes more cooking)
1/4 tsp salt
SOUFFLE BASE (see below)
5 egg whites pinch of salt
1/3 to 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese ( I used a combo of Gruyere, cheddar, Swiss...actually whatever I had on hand)

 3 TB butter
2 1/2 quart saucepan
wooden spatula or spoon
1 cup boiling milk
wire whisk
1/2 tsp salt
1/8tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 egg yolks....
Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour with wooden spatula or spoon and cook over medium heat until butter and flour foam together for 2 minutes without browning. remove from heat; when mixture has stopped bubbling, pour in all the boiling milk at once. Beat vigorously with a wire whip until blended. Blend in the seasonings. Return over modestly high heat and boil, stirring with the wire whip, for 1 minute. Sauce will be very thick. Remove from heat. Immediately start to separate the eggs. Drop the whites into egg white bowl, and the yolk in the center of the hot sauce. Beat the yolk into the sauce with wire whip. Continue in the same manner with the rest of the eggs. Correct seasonings.

For Spinach Souffle:
                Butter the mold and sprinkle with cheese. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Measure ingredients.
                             Cook shallots ( I used regular onions) for a moment in the butter.
                    Add spinach and salt, and stir over moderately high heat for several minutes to evaporate as much moisture from the spinach as possible. Remove from heat.
Prepare the souffle base.

stir in the spinach. Correct seasonings.
Beat in egg whites and salt until stiff.
Stir in all but one fourth of them into sauce. Stir in all but a tablespoon of the cheese.

Fold in the rest of the egg whites.

and turn mixture

into prepared mold. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and set on a rack in the middle of preheated oven. Turn heat sown to 375 and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.


Breakfast from my part of the world.

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