In exchange for use of our wedding pictures, my friends at Fox Fire Farms gave me a couple dozen gorgeous pastured eggs. Some people get excited to shop for new clothes or go out on the town. I get excited about fresh eggs, knowing exactly where they came from and who tended to them. Since our bartering transaction I have been day dreaming about the many possibilities in which I could showcase these beauties. Some will be hard boiled, some scrambled, and some cooked perfectly over medium in a smidge of butter. I wanted to get fancy though, really prove my capabilities in the kitchen. Souffle. It had to be a souffle, a savory one and I would make it for dinner.
Working in school food services, I feel like some days a bit of my soul is sucked away. Dramatic, yes, but with each "Rib-BQ" served, my spirit breaks a little more. I find refuge at home in my cozy kitchen where I create whatever my heart desires and my values in good wholesome food are restored. Today was one of those days, and after a chilly evening run, I warmed up in front of the oven to prepare my souffle.
If you've never had farm fresh eggs, well, really there is no comparison to store bought mass produced eggs. The yolks are like nothing you've ever seen or tasted before, bright balls of orange and a silky texture more alluring than sinking into a freshly fluffed feather bed. The rich flavor is remarkable. Not only that, these eggs are nutritionally superior to store bought eggs, containing significantly more of vitamins A, D, E, beta carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. And guess where all of this goodness lies? That luscious yolk!
To compliment the souffle I decided on something simple: roasted (homegrown) delicata squash and sauteed chard. The simplicity of these items allowed me to focus on the souffle to make sure it fluffed to light, airy perfection. I couldn't help but stand at the oven, continuously peeking in at the risen gold crust. Proudly, I pulled it out of its safe home in the oven, admired it, and promptly dug in, making sure to serve it up before losing any volume. Smooth pillows of egg were contrasted by soft bits of cauliflower, aromatic parsley, and creamy jack cheese. I slowly savored each bite and enjoyed the sweet, salty, buttery-ness of the squash. Full belly of delicious nutritious food = content. "Rib-BQ's" ain't got nothin' on me!
Creamy Cauliflower Souffle
This incredibly fluffy egg dish will impress any guest for brunch or can be whipped up for a simple, cozy dinner. Using local pastured eggs will yield a beautiful golden souffle and truly enhance appreciation for the simple yet wonderful egg.
Prep Time: 20-25 minutes Bake Time: 30-35 minutes Yield: 4 servings