Festive pumpkin souffles

dinner for $12 or less

November 26, 2008|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,kate.shatzkin@baltsun.com

Mini pumpkins are both decorative and delicious in this easy holiday recipe. The souffles, which use the cooked flesh scooped out of their pumpkin-shell holders, come together quickly and with just a few ingredients. They'd be a festive Thanksgiving appetizer, or a main dish (serve two to each person) for vegetarians or kids who don't want turkey, or a fun morning-after brunch dish. Serve with steamed green beans.

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Mini pumpkins: $7.92

Eggs: 73 cents

Flour: 15 cents

Baking powder: 4 cents

Cheese: $1.50

Green beans: $1.50

From the pantry: salt, pepper

TOTAL: $11.84*

Note: Prices are calculated based on the amounts used in the recipe.

pumpkin-and-white-cheddar souffles

(serves 4 as an entree, 8 as an appetizer)

8 mini pumpkins

4 large eggs

4 teaspoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, such as Cabot, diced

salt and ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place uncut pumpkins in a large shallow dish and add 1/4 inch of water; cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until tender. Let cool. Reheat oven to 375 degrees.

With a paring knife, remove tops from pumpkins. Remove and discard seeds, then scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4 -inch-thick shell. Place 4 cups of pumpkin flesh in mixing bowl. Separate eggs, stirring yolks into pumpkin flesh and placing whites in a separate bowl. Stir flour and baking powder into pumpkin mixture, then stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Whip egg whites into stiff peaks. Fold into pumpkin mixture. Spoon souffle mixture into pumpkin shells.

Place on baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until puffed and set. Serve immediately.

Note: : This recipe originally used Cabot habanero cheese; substitute that if you'd like your souffles to be a little spicier.

Adapted from a recipe developed for Cabot Cheese by chef Jeffrey Weiss

Per serving (based on 4 servings): : 227 calories, 14 grams protein, 12 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 18 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 234 milligrams cholesterol, 238 milligrams sodium

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