As the years passed, cooking shows were often on, mostly on public television. I loved watching them.
Occasionally, a souffle would be the star of the show. I recall my dad asking mom to make a cheese souffle. Too much work she would say. Of course, I am certain she was also thinking how do I feed 8 of us a souffle? I would be breaking eggs forever!
When I came across this recipe for Amaranth Souffle I was intrigued. A grain in a souffle? Heck, it has gouda in it so how bad could it be?
No. Not bad. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact. Very. Very. Gouda.
Sorry, could not resist!
I had planned on a side of sauteed spinach, but was starving after getting home from the gym. I got the souffle done and into the oven, then decided to make a spinach salad as a side. I wanted the salad to be the real star, and the souffle as a side dish.
This salad was a great way to hold us over until the souffle was ready.
Bagged spinach, spicy pecans from Trader Joe's (crackalicious) and dried pomegranates from Trader Joe's as well. This could be an amazing dinner salad with some protein; maybe some garbanzo beans or some goat cheese, or grilled chicken. Or all of them!
We lessen dishes we have to wash by just sharing the salad off the plate!
This was half the recipe; designed to feed 3 it fed 2!
Some recipe notes:
I made the amaranth on Sunday and used it cold out of the refrigerator. No problem.
I grated the cheese on my box grater. Easy.
I followed the directions exactly. Don't change a thing. Don't use Cooking spray instead of butter. Don't use a low fat cheese. Don't even think on messing with the eggs. Yes, the recipe is high in saturated fats, but when you balance out your choices during the rest of the day, you can do it!
So, the recipe says bake until brown and puffed...never actually giving a time. It might have been helpful if I had paid attention for you so that I could tell you, but I was busy making and eating the salad!
I loved this one. Go the the Rancho Gordo site, order some amaranth (and some beans while you are there) and make this.