Courgette Soufflé

Hello dear reader.

At this time of year we often have an abundance of courgettes.  These are such an easy to grow vegetable (well technically a fruit) that I always recommend them to beginner veg growers.  They do require a bit of space as they can get quite large but are successful grown in a pot too.  Whilst browsing the internet I found a lovely recipe by Delia Smith for a courgette soufflé.  The only other soufflé I have ever made was a chocolate soufflé, coincidentally also by Delia, which was a complete success, so I thought I’d give this one a go.   This is what I did…

2-Sliced
Thinly sliced one courgette

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3-Fried
Fried gently in butter

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4-Drained
Drained on kitchen towel and seasoned

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5-Roux
Melted 2oz butter & stirred in 3 tablespoons plain flour

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6 - Milk
Gradually added half a pint of milk

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7 - Thicken
Heated until thickened & then took off heat to cool

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8 - Egg
Beat in 5 egg yolks

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9 - Grated cheese
Grated 3 oz cheddar cheese

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10 - Chive
Finely chopped several chives

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12 - Mix
Mixed cheese & chives into white sauce & seasoned with salt, pepper & nutmeg

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14 - Greased dish
Liberally buttered a 2.5 pint soufflé dish

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13 - Egg white
Stiffly beat 6 egg whites

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15 - Fold
Folded egg whites into cheese sauce

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16 - Base
Spooned half the mix into the dish

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17 - Courgettes
Added courgettes

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18 - Fill
Topped up with rest of mix

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19 - Baking tray
Put dish into a roasting tin with 1 inch of hot water

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20 - Baked
Baked at 170 C for 40 minutes, then at 200 C for a further 10 minutes

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21 - Serve
Served and enjoyed tremendously!

The soufflé was absolutely delicious, light and airy inside and crisp on top.  If you’d like the full recipe, go to Delia.  I have heard tell that soufflés are supposed to be difficult but I think as long as you keep the oven door closed throughout cooking, then everything should be good.

I am entering this into the August “Cooking with Herbs” blogger challenge run by the lovely Karen over at Lavender & Lovage.  The chives in this soufflé were picked from my ever-expanding clump of chives in my back yard grow bags.

Cooking-with-Herbs

So do tell, have you ever tried cooking a soufflé?  Did it rise to the occasion or was it a complete flop?

Vohn

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17 comments

  1. Oh yes, I’ve saved this one, looks really fabulous!

    • Thanks Kavey – it was fabulous – that’s Delia for you! 😉

  2. This recipe is a keeper! I am always looking at ways to use our zucchini (as we call them here in the states,) and this looks like a perfect and delicious dish. Thanks for the great post.

    • Thanks so much Dan. Agreed – zucchini/courgette recipes are like gold dust as they fruit so prolifically! I think “zucchini” is from the Italian, whilst “courgette” is from the French, so the history of a country influences which name is used there. 🙂

    • Soufflés have such a reputation of being difficult but, as long as you keep the oven door shut, you shouldn’t have any problems! Go for it KC – you could put lots of chopped stuff in there too! 🙂

    • Oh thank you so much Karen! Delia is a gem. Glad you like the photo sequence! Vohn x

  3. Lovely soufflé so easy to make. Even my daughter who doesn’t like eggs ate it and enjoyed it.

    • Thank so much Melanie! It is easy isn’t it? I was always told soufflés were difficult! Good for your daughter giving it a try. Glad you both liked it. Vohn x

  4. Ooh that does look good. My mother used to make a wonderful cheese souffle when I was growing up, but she certainly never added courgettes – lovely idea. Like you, it’s courgettes for every meal at the moment.

    • Thank you Choclette. It’s a new taste/texture for me, as I’ve never had anyone cook me soufflé – lucky you! xx

    • Thanks Lorraine. Yes I do adore courgettes but when it’s the height of the growing season they can be a bit too successful! I guess I could start popping them through neighbours letter boxes! 😉 xx

  5. That looks stunning and you have made a fabulous job of showing how to make it. Thanks. x

    • Thank you so much for the kind words Susan. It was delicious – I couldn’t stop myself going back for more! xx

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