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Zucchini Soufflé

(Serves 2)
Zucchini Souffle
Zucchini Souffle

1 teaspoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium zucchini, grated
Salt and pepper
3 eggs, separated
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Use 1 teaspoon butter to grease 2 (4-inch diameter x 2-inch deep) ramekins.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and
garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes until soft.  Add the zucchini; season with salt and
pepper. Lower heat to medium.  Cook the mixture until the zucchini is tender,
about 5 to 6 minutes.  Drain the mixture if there is any excess liquid and allow
to cool.

In a bowl beat the egg yolks, then add the cheese and some salt and pepper.
Stir in the zucchini mixture and parsley.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Stir about a third of
the whites into the yolk mixture to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining

Divide the mixture between the 2 ramekins.  Bake until puffy and golden, about
30 to 35 minutes.  Serve immediately.
Zucchini is surprising delicious as the star of this souffle.  Serve this souffle for a special lunch or light supper with a green salad alongside.
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