Sarina’s Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)

Miniature Hot Pepper Souffles

I have always been intimidated by soufflés. No, that’s not quite true. I had never thought of a soufflé� as something that should intimidate me, until I saw the horrors that Lucy Liu’s character had with them in one of the Charlies’ Angels movies. Ever since then, I had been intimidated by soufflés. As one of my resolutions for 2007 was to overcome my fear of dishes that deal with whipping egg whites when I saw the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day challenge with Soufflé as its theme I knew I had to take it.

This was my first time making a soufflé of any kind. I had fully intended to find a recipe and follow it to the letter. And I did. Kinda. Sorta. Let’s say I had the best of intentions, but like Chennette I often find myself beginning with one recipe and then improvising so much that I end up with something completely different. :)

The results of this, my first attempt, were flat to say the least.

Sad Souffles Make a Sad Gourmet :(
:**(

I would have been more depressed if they hadn’t tasted so damn good though. I knew I was on to something!! :) I IM’d my college friend Lynn of RedSheepCrafts and asked her to tell me where I had gone wrong. With a little virtual diagnosis I was armed with a series of ‘tactical’ changes for my second attempt 24 hours later.

Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés

To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement :D I immediately IMd the pics to Lynn while rhapsodizing on the bite-sized creamy fluffiness that were these cocktail worthy concoctions. Next time I -may- add a tad more pepper but I think they are perfect as they are, and any further tweaking would just be me not knowing when to leave well enough alone :lol:

Sarina’s Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés
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INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter plus additional for buttering muffin cups
2 1/2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
6 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 egg whites
2 egg yolks

Mise en Place

METHOD:

1. Butter muffin cups.
2. Dust bottom of cups with flour mixture, knocking out excess.
3. Sprinkle bottom of cups with a little of the Parmesan

4. Make about 9 cuffs with strips of aluminum foil (thoroughly greased and floured), place in muffin tin

Miniature Hot Pepper Souffles

5. Combine finely minced onion and scotch bonnet pepper
5. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat.
6. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons flour and onion/pepper mixture
7. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
8. Whisk in milk (mixture will temporarily look curdled) and bring to a simmer, whisking, then cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes.
9. Transfer to a bowl and add cheese, salt, pepper, mustard, and egg yolks, stirring until mixture is well blended.

10. Cool to room temperature,about 15 minutes.
11. Meanwhile, put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 400?Ǭ?F.
12. Beat egg whites in a small deep bowl with an eggbeater or a handheld electric mixer at high speed until it just barely holds stiff peaks.

13. Stir one fourth of whites into souffl?ɬ� mixture to lighten, then fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly.
14. Spoon into cuffs, filling about halfway.

Miniature Hot Pepper Souffles

15. Bake soufflés until puffed and golden, 9 to 11 minutes.

Miniature Hot Pepper Souffles

16. Cool in pan on a rack just until warm.
17. Remove cuffs carefully. They should come off easily though. (Souffl?ɬ�s will fall slightly as they cool.)

Makes 9 mini soufflés

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  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Oh wow, those look amazing. Scotch Bonnets in Souffle . . . AWESOME! I of course waiting to the last minute to make mine for this event and will attempt my first souffle ever tomorrow night. Hope I have better luck with my first batch!

    • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

      souffles
      mmm

      you know Rachel, I had a habanero pepper/lime cheesecake once

      i saw it and i just had to try it!

      • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

        was it th3 yum? :)

        • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

          so very yum
          pepper in my cheesecake

          :-)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      yeah :) so we will both be souffl?ɬ© newbies :D I can’t wait to see how yours come out :D One of my friend’s suggestions was to ad 1 more egg white than the recipe calls for :D and make sure that there is enough dusting on the sides of what you’re using to let the souffl?ɬ© cling and rise :D using a cuff if necessary :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      the anticipation builds :D

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Oh wow, those look amazing. Scotch Bonnets in Souffle . . . AWESOME! I of course waiting to the last minute to make mine for this event and will attempt my first souffle ever tomorrow night. Hope I have better luck with my first batch!

    • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

      souffles
      mmm

      you know Rachel, I had a habanero pepper/lime cheesecake once

      i saw it and i just had to try it!

      • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

        was it th3 yum? :)

        • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

          so very yum
          pepper in my cheesecake

          :-)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      yeah :) so we will both be souffl?ɬ newbies :D I can’t wait to see how yours come out :D One of my friend’s suggestions was to ad 1 more egg white than the recipe calls for :D and make sure that there is enough dusting on the sides of what you’re using to let the souffl?ɬ cling and rise :D using a cuff if necessary :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      the anticipation builds :D

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Not so easy, is it? I recently saw an on-line food blog index that had an entry with “souffle” in the title, with the helpful operational note alongside it – “down”. I laughed so much it hurt.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      HAAHAH :) why you laughed Trig :) hahaaha :D
      it was fun though (once i pushed past frustration) :) and now I think I am gonna get some ramekins next month and try more :D !!

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Not so easy, is it? I recently saw an on-line food blog index that had an entry with “souffle” in the title, with the helpful operational note alongside it – “down”. I laughed so much it hurt.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      HAAHAH :) why you laughed Trig :) hahaaha :D
      it was fun though (once i pushed past frustration) :) and now I think I am gonna get some ramekins next month and try more :D !!

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    Oh those souffles look like bite size goodies of fluffines! the pepper must have added a good zing to it too!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      I love me my pepper :D First one I’ll tackle when I get my ramekins is your oatmeal one :D Looks like the most elegant of comfort foods :D

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    Oh those souffles look like bite size goodies of fluffines! the pepper must have added a good zing to it too!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      I love me my pepper :D First one I’ll tackle when I get my ramekins is your oatmeal one :D Looks like the most elegant of comfort foods :D

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I LOVE that you showed the pic of the flat souffles… very comforting.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      really? :D i was feeling so shame about puttin’ it up :) like everyone would be laughing at me :cry: but i just wanted to be honest, y’know? but you are now the second person to say it helped, so I feel a little better now :) :D

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I LOVE that you showed the pic of the flat souffles… very comforting.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      really? :D i was feeling so shame about puttin’ it up :) like everyone would be laughing at me :cry: but i just wanted to be honest, y’know? but you are now the second person to say it helped, so I feel a little better now :) :D

  • Marsha

    Nikki,
    Just before you add the egg yolks do you have to cool the mixture when it comes off the stove? or you can add the egg yolks just as it comes off the stove?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      what i do with rouxs and such is i whisk them til they start to get thick and then take them off the stove still whisking cos the heat will continue thickening them for a little bit and then the whisking cools it too… so that’s what i did … so the mixture was cooled a little bit (maybe 5 minutes?) and then i whisked in the yolks wikked fast …

      mosquito bitin meh :(

      • Marsha

        ok…i am on y way to trying these today

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          awesome :D !

          • Marsha

            Girl it in the oven now and I am scared to look hahahah…I know what they say about them falling!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            put on the light :D put on the light :D heeheeheheehe

          • Marsha

            Girl it flat but it tasting DAMN GOOD! I will try it again a next time but these will be eaten!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            yes, see that taste was why i tried again!! :D

  • Marsha

    Nikki,
    Just before you add the egg yolks do you have to cool the mixture when it comes off the stove? or you can add the egg yolks just as it comes off the stove?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      what i do with rouxs and such is i whisk them til they start to get thick and then take them off the stove still whisking cos the heat will continue thickening them for a little bit and then the whisking cools it too… so that’s what i did … so the mixture was cooled a little bit (maybe 5 minutes?) and then i whisked in the yolks wikked fast …

      mosquito bitin meh :(

      • Marsha

        ok…i am on y way to trying these today

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          awesome :D !

          • Marsha

            Girl it in the oven now and I am scared to look hahahah…I know what they say about them falling!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            put on the light :D put on the light :D heeheeheheehe

          • Marsha

            Girl it flat but it tasting DAMN GOOD! I will try it again a next time but these will be eaten!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            yes, see that taste was why i tried again!! :D

  • Marsha

    ok I think something went wrong :(
    I think The last folding part I didn’t do properly because it is flat! :(
    Why yuh fren say it come out flat?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      peep my response to Rachel above :) the extra egg white shouldn’t be needed cos i wrote it into the recipe but make sure the cuffs have enough flour and butter on them :) and also with the folding you don’t want to lose the volume of the egg whites… i had decided not to put the pic of the egg yolks and whites when folded together but i’ll email it to you now so you can see if there was a diff :D

      • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

        since i have felt the pain of the flat souffl?ɬ© i will not give you grief over mashin up meh threadz :P :lol:

        • Marsha

          well it almost done ..I never taste a ting so good!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            oh gorm :D yuh makin meh blush!! :D

          • Marsha

            Ok Nikki…All I have to say is that you produced a winner with the souflees! YEAH! I blogged mine. i am satisfied with the taste of it as is…but if i had a dinner party I would pay more attention to the cuffs and the egg white…Thanks so much for this! I think I may enjoy yeastless baking in the future :)

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            :D :D :D :D doh make me BLUSH !! :D i’m so happy … trueness :D

          • Marsha

            I got your email. I don’t really have small pans so I will have to rig a little something together and see what happens next.

  • Marsha

    ok I think something went wrong :(
    I think The last folding part I didn’t do properly because it is flat! :(
    Why yuh fren say it come out flat?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      peep my response to Rachel above :) the extra egg white shouldn’t be needed cos i wrote it into the recipe but make sure the cuffs have enough flour and butter on them :) and also with the folding you don’t want to lose the volume of the egg whites… i had decided not to put the pic of the egg yolks and whites when folded together but i’ll email it to you now so you can see if there was a diff :D

      • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

        since i have felt the pain of the flat souffl?ɬ i will not give you grief over mashin up meh threadz :P :lol:

        • Marsha

          well it almost done ..I never taste a ting so good!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            oh gorm :D yuh makin meh blush!! :D

          • Marsha

            Ok Nikki…All I have to say is that you produced a winner with the souflees! YEAH! I blogged mine. i am satisfied with the taste of it as is…but if i had a dinner party I would pay more attention to the cuffs and the egg white…Thanks so much for this! I think I may enjoy yeastless baking in the future :)

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            :D :D :D :D doh make me BLUSH !! :D i’m so happy … trueness :D

          • Marsha

            I got your email. I don’t really have small pans so I will have to rig a little something together and see what happens next.

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    These souffles look so good. I’m drooling!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks!! :D they were very yummy :D

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    These souffles look so good. I’m drooling!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks!! :D they were very yummy :D

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    very cute souffl?ɬ©s. as you know, if not eaten right away, it’s flatsville for them. they’re a tricky thing sometimes. usually make them in ramekings with parchment “colliers”. hot pepper ones…nice idea.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      these didn’t go flat though.. which was pretty cool..i know cos my parents didn’t wake up til like 3 hours after i made them and they still looked like in the pics :D the first batch just never went anywhere… :cry: i don’t have ramekins (yet) … they’re on my todo list.. but these are much smaller than ramekins though.. they were bite sized :D so cute :D … my friend said ‘foil cuffs’… i guess that’s the yank equivalent :) i’m still on my first box of parchment paper.. bought it like 5 years ago… been nursing it :)

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    very cute souffl?ɬs. as you know, if not eaten right away, it’s flatsville for them. they’re a tricky thing sometimes. usually make them in ramekings with parchment “colliers”. hot pepper ones…nice idea.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      these didn’t go flat though.. which was pretty cool..i know cos my parents didn’t wake up til like 3 hours after i made them and they still looked like in the pics :D the first batch just never went anywhere… :cry: i don’t have ramekins (yet) … they’re on my todo list.. but these are much smaller than ramekins though.. they were bite sized :D so cute :D … my friend said ‘foil cuffs’… i guess that’s the yank equivalent :) i’m still on my first box of parchment paper.. bought it like 5 years ago… been nursing it :)

  • http://bunnyfoodfoo.blogspot.com/ BuddingCook

    You didn’t need to buy the little dishes the rameskins? I was thinking to buy some but if you don’t need them to make beautiful souffles maybe I won’t ..hehe :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hi! :D I didn’t use ramekins, no … i don’t have any (yet) … i used the aluminium foil cuffs inside of the indentations of a muffin/cupcake tin… they were really small as a result (bite sized) .. but that’s how i had wanted them :D I will eventually get ramekins though, for the bigger individual sized portions, esp. desserts :)

    • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

      but they’re so cute…who cares if you *need* them to make souffles…i mean don’t let it stop you from making them…but get them cuz they take pretty pictures!

      • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

        gimme ur ramekins :P

    • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

      also

      they wow guests and family

  • http://bunnyfoodfoo.blogspot.com/ BuddingCook

    You didn’t need to buy the little dishes the rameskins? I was thinking to buy some but if you don’t need them to make beautiful souffles maybe I won’t ..hehe :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hi! :D I didn’t use ramekins, no … i don’t have any (yet) … i used the aluminium foil cuffs inside of the indentations of a muffin/cupcake tin… they were really small as a result (bite sized) .. but that’s how i had wanted them :D I will eventually get ramekins though, for the bigger individual sized portions, esp. desserts :)

    • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

      but they’re so cute…who cares if you *need* them to make souffles…i mean don’t let it stop you from making them…but get them cuz they take pretty pictures!

      • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

        gimme ur ramekins :P

    • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

      also

      they wow guests and family

  • http://www.winosandfoodies.typepad.com/ barbara

    I must try using muffin pans for mini souffl?ɬ©s. I think it is agreat idea. I love that you shared your flat ones…but your fluffy one looks perfect. Thanks for joining in HHDD.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks barbara! :D

  • http://www.winosandfoodies.typepad.com/ barbara

    I must try using muffin pans for mini souffl?ɬs. I think it is agreat idea. I love that you shared your flat ones…but your fluffy one looks perfect. Thanks for joining in HHDD.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks barbara! :D

  • http://80breakfasts.blogspot.com joey

    I think the muffin pans with collar would make a lovely souffle…as evidenced by yours! They look great and I’m sure tasted amazing as well…with scotch bonnet…woooo!

  • http://80breakfasts.blogspot.com joey

    I think the muffin pans with collar would make a lovely souffle…as evidenced by yours! They look great and I’m sure tasted amazing as well…with scotch bonnet…woooo!