Nettle Souffle is nutritious and delicious.
If kale is your go-to leafy green because of its high calcium content, you'll swoon over stinging nettle, which boasts four times the calcium at 428 mg of calcium per cup, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nettles are also rich in vitamins A, C and K, iron, potassium, protein and more, making them an ideal food to add to any meal
1 1⁄2 cups water
4 cups young nettle tops
2 tbsp. olive oil or butter
1 medium onion or leek, minced
2 tbsp. flour
1⁄2 cup milk or nettle broth
3 egg yolks, beaten
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1⁄2 cup goat cheese
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Cook nettle in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Drain well; save broth. Puree nettle in blender or food processor; set aside.
Saute onion in oil until golden. Add flour and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Slowly add 1/2 cup nettle broth or milk and cook, stirring often until dry and thick. Add a little of this at a time to the beaten egg yolk, until they are well mixed. Now stir in nettle puree, salt and cheese.
Last, carefully fold in egg whites. Put in a souffle dish or carefully spoon into ramekins. Bake in a water bath at 350 degrees until firm, 30-40 minutes.
Notes:You can also make this Nettle Souffle using dried nettle. Combine 2 tablespoons dried nettle with 1/2 cup milk, and allow to steep while you saute onion. After onion and flour are cooked, add nettle and milk mixture and cook until it thickens slightly. Add this combination to the beaten egg yolk, and continue preparing as described above.
Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Copyright 2009, J. Adler, original recipe.