Last Saturday DaHub was reading the newspaper and said “This looks good”. He was referring to this recipe for Asparagus And Ramp Skillet Soufflé. You know what? I made it the next day for breakfast and it was good. Really good.
Amazingly, the crust was crisp, which ramped up the goodness quotient. And the cheese. Really good.
I didn’t have ramps on hand, so I used green onion instead. Ramps are a garlicky wild leek. The next time I see ramps at a market (which probably won’t be until next spring) I am definitely going to make this recipe to try it with them in it.
Don’t let a lack of ramps stop you from making this recipe. Oh, and invite me for breakfast when you make it.
Asparagus and Ramp Skillet Soufflé
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup all-purpose white flour
1½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
15 spears asparagus, about ½ pound
4 ounces aged cheddar cheese (Cabot’s Seriously Sharp is my favorite)
5 ramps or spring onions, thinly sliced, yielding about ¾ cup
2 tablespoons butter
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place a 10-inch skillet, preferably cast iron, in the oven as it heats.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in milk until well combined.
3. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cayenne into egg mixture. Whisk until there are no lumps and just combined, about 20-30 seconds. Season batter with black pepper and set aside.
4. Trim tough ends from asparagus and slice 3 spears lengthwise. Cut remaining spears crosswise into ½-inch pieces. Grate half the cheese and cut other half into small cubes.
5. Stir sliced ramps and ½-inch asparagus pieces into batter.
6. Using an oven mitt, transfer pan to stovetop and set over medium-high heat. Swirl butter into pan and immediately pour in batter. Cook for 20-30 seconds.
7.Meanwhile, quickly scatter cheese cubes evenly throughout batter. Neatly crisscross lengthwise asparagus in center and scatter grated cheese over top.
8. Transfer soufflé to oven’s top rack and bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden and voluminous. If top isn’t golden brown, broil soufflé for final 2 minutes.
9. Serve immediately—the skillet soufflé deflates quickly.
Recipe from Andrea Reusing
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