Soufflé Edged with Asparagus

By feastingonart
May 7, 2011
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Author Notes: Inspired by a still life painting by Nicolas-Henry Jeaurat de Bertry, the asparagus, when plucked from the soufflé, acts as a vehicle to transport the spongy egg of the soufflé.feastingonart

Serves: 4

  • 30 stalks of asparagus
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 ounce unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 eggs, separated
  1. Carefully wash the asparagus and trim the tips so that they stick 1-inch above the rim of the ramekin. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  2. In a small pan, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil with the salt for about 5 minutes until soft. Using a hand blender, puree the onions and slowly add the milk. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat and add the flour. Immediately begin whisking to form a roux and cook, stirring continuously for 2 minutes. Once the roux begins to brown, add the onion and milk mixture and stir until smooth. Increase the heat to medium-high, bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan. Once cooled slightly, add the four egg yolks and stir until very smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer set to medium-high. Beat until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Take a large spoonful of the egg whites and stir into the soufflé mixture. Once incorporated, lightly fold in the remaining egg whites. Pour the soufflé mixture into the 4 asparagus-lined ramekins. Place on baking try and slide into oven.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes until the soufflé has risen. Test, insert a skewer into a crack on the side and when removed, should be clean. Serve immediately.

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