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Cheese and Squash Soufflés

Photo: Ditte Isager
Hands-on time 48 mins
Total time 1 hr, 48 mins
Yield Serves 5 (serving size: 1 soufflé)
The skin of the sweet dumpling squash is edible when cooked, so you don't have to peel these gems: Simply chop, roast, puree, and proceed with the recipe. If you can't find it, substitute peeled butternut. If you prefer, serve this soufflé as a side to accompany roast chicken, pork, or beef. Simply serve eight smaller portions.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups (1-inch) cubed sweet dumpling squash (about 2 medium squashes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 shallot, peeled and cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (1-ounce) slice French bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 6 large egg whites

Nutrition Information

  • calories 268
  • fat 13.4 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • monofat 5.5 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 16.2 g
  • carbohydrate 22.3 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • cholesterol 151 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 478 mg
  • calcium 309 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place a small roasting pan in oven. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Remove hot pan from oven; melt butter in pan. Add squash and next 3 ingredients (through shallot) to pan. Sprinkle squash mixture with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; toss. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender, turning once. Cool squash mixture. Place squash mixture in a food processor; process until smooth. Scrape squash mixture into a bowl.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 425°, and place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven.

  4. Place the French bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until fine breadcrumbs measure about 1/2 cup. Lightly coat 5 (8-ounce) soufflé ramekins with cooking spray; sprinkle crumbs evenly over dishes.

  5. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add cheeses; stir until smooth. Stir in squash mixture and egg yolks.

  6. Place egg whites in a large mixing bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until medium peaks form (do not overbeat). Gently stir one quarter of egg whites into squash mixture; gently fold in remaining egg whites. Divide mixture evenly among prepared dishes. Sharply tap dishes on counter 2 to 3 times to level. Place dishes on preheated baking sheet; place in 425° oven. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 350°. Bake soufflés at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden, puffed, and set. Serve immediately.