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Although grits are usually served with lots of butter,
they’re lightened in this soufflé with egg whites and flavored with Parmesan
cheese. This dish is delicious served plain as a side dish or as an appetizer drizzled with
vinaigrette and garnished with fresh figs, slivers of country ham and ramps, a variety of wild
leek available in the spring.
Cooking Time: 1 hr 30 min
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hr 45 min
Yield: 6 servings
1 cup (150g) grits
4 cups (1L) water
1/2 cup (35g) Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
4 egg whites
1 Tbs (6g) lemon zest
1/4 cup (60mL) lemon juice
1 cup (240mL) olive oil
12 fresh figs, quartered
18 ramps or 6 small leeks
1 cup country ham, sliced into slivers (optional)
Preheat oven to 350ºF (175°C). Lightly oil six 5-ounce (145g)
oven-proof ramekins. In a medium-size saucepan, bring the water to a boil and whisk in the
grits. Lower the heat and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the grits begin to
thicken, about 15 minutes. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Set grits aside
to cool down. Don’t let grits cool completely or they’ll set.
While the grits cool, whip the egg whites into stiff peaks. Fold egg
whites into the warm grits in thirds until incorporated.
Fill ramekins with the grits and place them in the oven. Bake 20
minutes or until the soufflé has risen.
Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. Place the juice and zest in a mixing
bowl. Season with salt and pepper and then whisk in the oil. Set aside until ready to
To prepare the garnish: Peel and rinse ramps under cool water to remove
any dirt. Brush the ramps and figs with a little vegetable oil and grill or broil until
tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
To serve: Turn each soufflé out of its ramekin onto a plate.
Arrange the figs, ramps and ham slivers decoratively around the soufflé. Drizzle the
plate with the vinaigrette and garnish with chopped chives.
Serving Size 1 serving
Calories from Fat 378 (55%)
% Daily Value*
66%Total Fat 43g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 28.9g
Sugar Alcohols 0g