If you are bored of the same omelets and frittatas, this souffle is the perfect thing to mix up your eggy breakfast or brunch.
The texture is amazingly light and fluffy. And the cherry tomatoes melt in your mouth like candy. With a little help from our friends at Maple Hill Creamery, the protein in the yogurt helps this souffle stay fairly stable in its shape without needing any wheat flour.
(As noted below, you can sub out for coconut cream but I haven’t tried it. It has nearly no protein but it *should* still work. You might just get a looser texture or quicker-collapsing souffle.)
I recommend using the smaller sized cherry tomatoes in whatever pint you pick up. They’ll cook down and caramelize faster in the relatively short cooking time.
And I love making these in individual portions. Cook time is quicker. Plus it’s so much easier to grab out of the fridge to reheat that way.
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Savory Tomato Souffle
Yields: 4 servings
4 eggs, yolks & whites divided
1/2 tsp. sea salt
5(ish) oz. pastured plain whole milk greek yogurt (I love this one)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1/4 c. almond meal
2 tbsp. grated raw parmesan cheese
6 oz. cherry tomatoes
Preheat the oven 350F. Lightly grease 4 large ramekins.
Place the egg whites and the sea salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Reserve for later.
Add the egg yolks, yogurt, garlic, black pepper, thyme leaves, almond meal, and parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Whisk well until reaching a thin, smooth batter.
Turn the stand mixer to low to begin to whip the egg whites. Once frothy, increase the speed to medium-high and mix until stiff peaks form. (You can also use a hand mixer, just be patient and ensure you achieve a very stiff peak.)
Immediately add the egg whites to the batter in 3 stages. With each addition, fold the whites in gently to keep from deflating the whites too much. Once fully mixed, the batter should still be airy and slightly thicker than before adding the whites. Portion the batter between the 4 ramekins, filling to a maximum of 2/3 full. Drop the cherry tomatoes into the batter, as desired (I added 4-6 per).
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the souffles have puffed over the top and are golden brown. Remove from the oven to rest 3-5 minutes before enjoying. Resting longer will cause the souffles to collapse a greater amount, which won’t change the taste as much as the experience!
Notes: while I haven’t tried it, it should be possible to make this dairy-free by swapping the yogurt for coconut cream and leaving out the parmesan.