Soufflés have always had the reputation for being a
difficult, and temperamental thing to make, which I’ve never really understood.
As long as you can manage to whip some egg whites, and fold them into your batter
without knocking all the air out, there’s really not much that can go wrong.
And that’s with the traditional method, which requires making a saucy base
first. These soufflés are even easier than that, since mashed sweet potato is
the base. I like to microwave my sweet potatoes, mostly because it’s
faster, but you can certainly roast them in a 375 F. oven instead. Just prick
them as shown, and bake for as long as it takes to get them very soft. I’d love
to give you a time, but that depends on the size.
I kept these very plain, so as not to distract you, but you
can add all sorts of things. Cheese, bacon, and herbs, just to name a
few. And that’s for savory applications, since these will also shine as a dessert.
Just add some maple syrup or brown sugar to the mashed potatoes, to taste,
along with appropriate spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and you’ll be in for quite the seasonal treat. But, no
matter how you flavor these, or which course you serve them, I really do
hope you give them a try soon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 4 to 6 Sweet Potato Soufflés:
2 teaspoon room temp butter to grease ramekins (mine were 5
4 large room temperature eggs, separated
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
pinch of cayenne
1/4 cup milk
crispy fried sage leaves to garnish, optional