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Spinach Surprises

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Ingredients
  Fresh spinach/Frozen chopped spinach - 1 package of 8 ounces 1 Pound
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Margarine/Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Onion 1 , finely minced
  All-purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Milk 10 Tablespoon (1/2 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons)
  Ground nutmeg 1 1⁄2 Pinch (A Good Pinch)
  Eggs 4 , separated
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Tablespoon
  Margarine 1 Teaspoon (For Greasing)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In case fresh spinach is being used, rinse it thoroughly and take off the stem and central midribs.
2) In a saucepan, put the spinach with only the water that clings to the leaves and sprinkle with some salt.
3) Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, till the spinach is cooked, occasionally stirring.
4) Drain the spinach well and press out the excess water, if any. Chop the spinach.
5) In case frozen spinach is being used, cook it as per the directions given on the package.
6) Liberally butter 4 individual 1 ΒΌ-cup souffle dishes.
7) Preheat oven to temperature of 375 degrees.

MAKING
8) In a large saucepan, melt the margarine and add the onion. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes till the onion is tender and lightly colored.
9) Sprinkle in the flour and stir the contents over low heat for about 2 minutes till straw-colored.
10) Take the pan off the heat and stir in the milk very gradually.
11) Put the pan back over medium heat and gently simmer, stirring well, till thick.
12) Take the saucepan off the heat and beat in the egg yolks. Then beat them into the spinach mixture.
13) Beat the egg whites till they are stiff and standing in peaks. Gently fold the eggs into the spinach mixture.
14) Into the greased souffle dishes, pour the mixture and sprinkle the top evenly with the grated Parmesan cheese.
15) Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, till the tops are risen and light brown in color. When done, the souffle should be firm to touch on the outside but still damp in the center.

SERVING
16) Place the freshly baked souffles on a serving plate and serve right away, while still piping hot. These make an excellent appetizer.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Spinach
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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