One of our daughters has a real love of fresh sage. She will go to the garden, pluck a handful of sage and come in with a fragrant bouquet and ask us to make her something. If we can’t fit the sage into our meal, she’ll ask for us to fry it in brown butter and will then eat the crispy, butter-fried leaves as if they were potato chips.
On one occasion Dad responded to her request by pulling out an egg carton and creating a new dish. The result was an airy, sage infused soufflé. A single soufflé was enough to feed our family of 5.
Sage and Brown Butter Soufflé
The following will fill a 12 inch fry pan. If you wish, you can add slices of pre-cooked chorizo, bacon, or peameal bacon. You can also toss in some vegetables – be careful with water-filled vegetables, like tomatoes, that can add too much moisture.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 35 min.
Makes: 8 servings
2 Tbsp butter
10 sage leaves, fresh
1 cup milk
3 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
⅛ – ¼ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
½ – 1 cup salsa
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
In a 12 inch frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sage leaves and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the butter is brown and bubbling.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, add the milk, flour, baking soda, salt, Worcestershire Sauce, salsa, and eggs and whisk to combine. Pour mixture into the pan with the sage and brown butter. If you wish to add any other veggies or pre-cooked sausage or bacon, put them in now. Turn heat to medium low and place a lid over the pan. Continue to cook for 10-12 minutes
Preheat broiler to 400℉. Before placing the pan under the broiler, remove lid and sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese. Cook, uncovered, until cheese browns and eggs are firm, about 3-5 minutes.
Let site a few minutes to cool, then serve and enjoy while still warm. We “slice” our soufflé in the pan with a plastic flipper and then lift them out of the pan and onto the plates.