Cauliflower Recipe: Cauliflower Thyme Souffles

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I will be the first to admit that I don’t like that many vegetables. That can be a pain for the hubby but he does he best to grow what I do like so I am fortunate to be able to freeze romanesco, broccoli and cauliflower. Last year I froze some tomatoes for the first time so I had them for various recipes like Tomato Beef. Broccoli and cauliflower are my favorites and I use them frequently; cauliflower soup appears many times on our dinner table and recently I found a recipe for an easy broccoli stir fry that we both enjoyed very much. This cauliflower recipe is a little more involved but it is well worth the effort.

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cauliflower thyme souffles

Cauliflower Recipe: Cauliflower Thyme Souffles

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups cauliflower
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Preheat the oven to 350°

mash cauliflower with a fork

  • Boil the 2 cups of cauliflower in salted water until very soft. Drain and mash with a fork. Set aside.
  • Butter 6 small ramekins or souffle dishes (1/2 cup ea)  Alternatively, butter a 1 quart souffle dish 

foil band

  • Make a 4″ band of aluminum foil 2″ longer than the circumference of the dish, butter 1 side and secure it, butter side in, around the dish.
  • Heat butter in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Blend in flour, salt,mustard and red pepper.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.
  • Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

mix with immersion blender

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  • Mix the cheese, mashed cauliflower and thyme. Add this mixture to the milk mixture. It will be a bit lumpy so mix with an immersion blender or hand mixer.

add whipped egg yolks

  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff but not dry. Beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon colored, about 5 minutes; stir into cheese mixture. Add about 3/4 of the egg whites into cheese mixture and gently fold in.
  • Fold cheese mixture into remaining egg whites.

add souffle mixture

  • Carefully pour into the souffle dishes. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until they are nice and puffed and start to brown on top.

baked souffles

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  • Carefully remove the foil and serve immediately.

How Was the Cauliflower Recipe?

These souffles were delightful. They didn’t rise as high as a cheese souffle due to the addition of the mashed vegetable but they were very flavorful. The thyme was a perfect complement to the earthy cauliflower. A mini souffle makes a delightful side dish or you can make the recipe in a full sized souffle dish and serve it with a salad and be all set for a wonderful dinner.

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