Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fines Herbs Souffles recipe, By The Side Of The Road Inn

Another Recipe from the Mid Atlantic Innkeepers COOKBOOK
Fines Herbs Soufflés (fenz herb)
By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages • Harrisonburg, VA        

By the Side of the Road
[FEEN erb; FEENZ herb] A mixture of very finely chopped herbs.  
The classic quartet is chervil, chives, parsley and tarragon
though burnet, marjoram, savory or watercress are often used
as part of the blend. Because they quickly lose their flavor,
fines herbs should be added to a cooked mixture shortly before
serving. Unlike bouquet garni, they’re not removed from the
dish before serving. Though not classic fines herbs, at By the
Side of the Road, we use oregano, thyme and whatever savory
herbs we have available.

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

Fines Herbs Soullles
1 dozen eggs (at room temp).
Whip for a full four minutes until thick and lemon colored.

4 cups grated cheeses;  choose your favorites;
mix mild & pungent; whatever you like.
Finely grate cheeses; we use a pre-grated Mexican mix.

½ cup flour
2 tsp. Baking powder

¼ cup savory herbs;  thyme, parsley, oregano, chives, your choice.

Sift together the flour and baking powder over the grated cheeses, add over the grated cheeses, add herbs and mix with hands until coated evenly. Herbs may be fresh or dried. Adjust quantity accordingly.

Two cups small curd cottage cheese
¼ cup melted butter, cooled

Gently fold together grated cheese mixture & cottage cheese with eggs & melted butter until uniform in consistency. Pour into 12 6oz. individual ramekins that have been coated with non-stick spray or heavily buttered. Bake for 30-35 minutes until puffy and beginning to turn golden. If centers are soft, increase baking time by a few minutes. May be served in ramekin or cooled briefly, removed from ramekin and placed on cooling racks, then frozen. If frozen, defrost and reheat in microwave for 1 minute per serving. You may also bake in a 13X9 casserole, cool briefly and cut into squares for “family style” service.

Sausage, bacon, ham, seafood, vegetable, whatever you like, may be added to the soufflés prior to baking, if preferred. We serve the meat as an accompaniment. ENJOY!

The next time you are looking for a Harrisonburg VA Bed and Breakfast, consider staying By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast!

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