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Soufflé of Huitlacoche - Corn Truffle and Squash Blossom

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“Huitlacoche [wee-tlah-KOH-cheh] AKA Mexican Corn Truffle is a fungus which grows naturally on ears of corn. The fungus is harvested and treated as a delicacy in Mexico. Found online from the University of Illinois and thought it was too interesting not to share. Preparation time is approximate.”
READY IN:
1hr 45mins
SERVES:
4-6
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb pumpkin, blossoms stems and stringy sepals removed or 12 lb squash blossoms, stems and stringy sepals removed
  • 12 lb Huitlacoche
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 small poblano peppers (roasted, peeled and minced)
  • 2 sprigs epazote, stems removed and minced
  • salt
  • Souffle
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 14 lb swiss cheese, grated
  • 6 egg whites

Directions

  1. For the huitlacoche: Remove the mushroom from the cob and chop it roughly and set aside with the squash/pumpkin blossoms.
  2. Heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic until transparent.
  3. Add the huitlacoche and the blossoms along with the chiles, epazote and salt.
  4. Let simmer over a medium flame until the liquid of the huitlacoche and the blossoms has evaporated.
  5. Cover and store the mixture for one hour in the refrigerator and correct seasoning if necessary.
  6. For the souffle: Butter and flour a 2 quart baking or soufflé dish; set aside.
  7. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and stir constantly with a whisk over medium heat for two to three minutes.
  8. Add the cold milk.
  9. Season with salt, cayenne and nutmeg; stir until mixture is smooth and thick.
  10. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  11. Combine egg yolks with the creme fraiche and beat them into the flour and milk mixture.
  12. Stir in the huitlacoche and squash/pumpkin blossoms along with the cheese until well blended.
  13. Pour the mixture into the prepared soufflé or baking dish.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven at 375° for 30 minutes.
  15. Check the consistency by using a toothpick to assure its proper baking. (Tooth pick should come out clean when done).
  16. Serve immediately.

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