Market Matters- Green Garlic, Leek & Goat Cheese Souffle

It’s Sunday, time for another Market Matters from the Hollywood Farmers Market. Today I set my sights on green garlic, which is the immature bulb and stalk of the garlic you know and love. It only makes an appearance for a brief time in spring. I was determined to get my hands on some today. The market did not disappoint either. I came home with a couple of big bunches to use the this goat cheese souffle. How lucky is that?

Speaking of lucky, I don’t know what’s happening to me. I think I am on a roll!

Because the food I have been presenting lately has really inspired me. I think I have upped my game here at SippitySup. I am a pretty good cook. But I am what I consider a casual cook. But some of this fare lately; it seems downright fancy! What’s gotten into me? I might get used to sacheying around the blogosphere like a real cook. Something’s got to give though… there’s a flop in my future. I can feel it.

But not today. I made souffle, or rather souffles– 8 perfect little individual-sized Green Garlic, Leek & Goat Cheese Soufflés. Not only were they not a flop, they weren’t flat either. They rose right out of those little ramekins and held their volume long enough for me to snap a photo of them right at their peak. If you’ll pardon the pun. So I hope you will click over or scroll down and take a look-see at how pretty they are.

And as if that weren’t lucky enough. I was even able to get them to the table for lunch with friends; proudly towering and piping hot. I served them with a simple green salad, really good bread and a nice bottle of Sancere.

Yeah, it’s a pretty good life!

Green Garlic, Leek & Goat Cheese Souffle Makes 8 (6 oz) ramekins CLICK here for a printable recipe

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  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • 6 green garlic bulbs, trimmed with most of the greens attached
  • 3 T olive oil
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c dry white wine
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped & rinsed
  • 3 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 c whole milk
  • 6 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 T chives, minced
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 pn cream of tartar

Butter the bottoms and sides 8 (6 oz) ramekins. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto the buttered surfaces, tapping to remove the excess. Move the ramekins to the refrigerator until ready to use.

Thinly slice the trimmed green garlic. Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium-sized saute pan set over medium heat, adding the green garlic before the oil gets too hot. Season with salt and white pepper. Cook until the green parts begin to soften, but retain their green color, about 3 minutes. Add the white wine, and cook, stirring often until the pan is nearly dry. Scrape the green garlic into a small bowl and set aside.

Using the same pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the clean, chopped leeks and cook, stirring often, until they caramelize some, about 15 minutes. Slowly sift the flour into the leeks using a sieve or sifter, stirring the whole time. Let it cook 1 or 2 minutes, continuing to stir until that raw flour taste goes away. Season with salt and white pepper.

goat cheese souffleWhisk the milk into the mixture slowly. Once the mixture thickens and begins to form large bubble on the edges of the pan add the goat cheese, whisking to incorporate. Stir in the reserved green garlic mixture along with the chives. Remove the pan from the heat, and let it cool about 10 minutes. Add the egg yolks, one at a time; whisking as you work to avoid scrambling or separating the eggs from the base. Cover the pan and set aside.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until medium-firm peaks are achieved. Do not take them to stiff and glossy. You may alternatively use an electric mixer, but beating eggs by hand is one of life’s true joys. Gently fold the whites into the green garlic, leek, yolk base, working in 1/3 increments. Do not thoroughly mix the ingredients. Streaky and fluffy is your goal.

Remove the ramekins from the refrigerator and fill them to heaping with the souffle mixture. Level them for an elegant presentation or leave it mounded for a more rustic look. Cook the souffle in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden. If you prefer a firmer texture a minute or two more is required.

Remove the souffle from the oven and serve immediately. Hear that applause? It’s for you!


Greg Henry