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Twice Baked Spinach, Feta Soufflés with Curly Endive and Grapes


25g butter
3 tablespoons plain flour
115ml milk
20g baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
35g Danish feta, crumbled
1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
2 eggs, separated
1 pinch cayenne pepper
100ml thickened cream
Breadcrumbs, fine
Sea salt & cracked pepper
Curly endive or rocket, chilled in iced water
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted*
9 black grapes


Serves 2  (This recipe can be made the day before up to step 5)

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) fan-forced. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add flour and stir continuously for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and whisk until you have a smooth sauce. Add spinach leaves and cook 2-3 minutes stirring continuously until thickened. Remove from heat and add feta, egg yolks, parsley, cayenne pepper and season to taste.
  2. In a small bowl whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold egg whites into the sauce.
  3. Grease 2 x (9 x 6cm) ramekins and dust with breadcrumbs. Pour mixture into ramekins and place in baking dish with enough boiling water to come 2/3 way up the sides of the ramekins.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes then reduce to 140°C (280°F) for another 10 minutes or until soufflés are puffed and golden. Remove from oven and cool. Once cool, run a palate knife around the ramekin and invert the soufflés onto a plastic wrapped tray, place in refrigerator overnight or set aside if you are serving soon.
  5. For toasted pine nuts, place in a dry pan over medium high heat and toss until golden, set aside.
  6. In an ovenproof dish place half of the cream in the base, place soufflés top side down and top with remaining cream. Bake in preheated oven at 220°C (425°F) fan-forced for 15 minutes or until they rise and are golden. Remove from the oven and get ready to serve.

To Serve

On 2 serving plates place soufflés in the middle of each plate. Arrange drained curly endive around the soufflé, garnish with 3 whole grapes and 3 halved grapes for each plate. Scatter around the pine nuts and serve immediately.

Chefs Notes

*If you are short on time you can buy toasted pine nuts at most supermarkets.

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