Spring always makes me think of carrots and Peter Rabbit. With Easter coming up, that’s especially appropriate. A lovely and elegant side dish for any Easter dinner, this carrot dish is as tasty as it is pretty. And it’s not difficult to do.

Blackberry Farm’s Carrot Soufflé

recipe by Sam Beall for Southern Living

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced onions
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 2-quart soufflé dish or baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Put the carrots into a large pot and cover with about an inch of salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat, and simmer the carrots for about 10 minutes, until tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife.
  3. Strain the carrots, purée in a food processor, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the milk, cracker crumbs, cheese, onion, butter, salt, cayenne, and black pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer or wire whisk to beat the eggs until they are foamy, and then whisk them into the carrot mixture.
  5. Transfer the carrot mixture into the prepared soufflé dish and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until puffed and light golden brown on top. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

 

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