PaleOMG is my favorite website, of this week, anyway. She is really on with the Thanksgiving ideas.
This recipe came out really well, considering that I didn’t follow the recipe. I intended to – I tried to – but I never get recipes exactly right.
Most of the time, I don’t care. Ball park is good enough for most paleo cooking. But the idea of souffle intimidated me, given my track record with traditional souffles.
But, no worries, it came out great! This was a trial run for Thanksgiving, and this is definitely going onto the menu!
- 1 small butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise (about 2 cups pureed)
- 4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
- 1 heaping tablespoon coconut flour
- 4 slices of bacon, diced
- ~1/4 cup rendered bacon fat (from the bacon you just cooked)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place butternut squash* cut side down on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until soft. Then scoop out the excess seeds (I scoop out the seeds after it bakes. It’s way easier that way). Then turn down oven to 350 degrees.
- Scoop out the insides of your butternut squash and place in the food processor.
- Puree until smooth.
- Now place your diced bacon in a pan over medium heat and cook until crispy. Remove cooked bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a plate with a paper towel.
- Now pour out the excess bacon fat into your food processor, leaving behind a tablespoon in the pan.
- With your butternut squash and bacon fat in the food processor, add your egg yolks as well. Puree until smooth, then add to a large bowl.
- In the pan with the leftover bacon fat over medium heat, add your minced garlic and sliced shallots.
- Cook until shallots are tender and translucent.
- Add shallots, bacon, coconut flour**, herbs, salt and pepper to your bowl and mix well.
- Now in a separate large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form***. With a spatula, fold in egg whites into your squash bowl until no white streaks remain.
- Grease your ramekins with coconut oil and pour in mixture to each ramekin. My mixture made 5 soufflés.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Serve and love life.
* I failed to roast my squash. I cooked it in a water bath, which is my usual way. I was afraid it would be too moist and ruin the recipe, and I will roast it next time.
** I hate coconut flour, but I did try to buy some so I could follow this recipe. But the store didn’t have it, so I subbed almond flour.
*** I did get a nice upper body workout trying to make peaks form on my eggs, but it never quite got there. I do have a KitchenAid, but in the world’s smallest kitchen, it is an undertaking to pull it out. I’ll get it out for the actual Thanksgiving prep.
Here’s how mine turned out: