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Old 06-15-2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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That One Dish

What is that one dish that you've never made, but have really wanted to learn how?

For me, it's souffles. I've had them, but never made them. Probably because of the intimidation factor.
However, Mish just posted a coffee/chocolate souflee that sounds so delish! Maybe I'll have to try it out.

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Old 06-15-2005, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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I'm with you on the souffles jkath. I want to make one but I'm afraid to.
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:31 PM   #4
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This is the first souffle recipe I ever tried. I liked it because it only made two single-serving ones so it wasn't a huge waste of ingredients if it was bad. I made some adjustments to the original recipe (thanks to elf cheering me on!) and it turned out great! Good for a nice, romantic dinner for 2 (or a hungry night alone! )

Chocolate Chile Soufflés

1/4 cup sugar plus additional for coating gratin dishes
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 large egg yolk
2 large egg whites



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter two 3/4 cup gratin dishes and coat with additional sugar, shaking out excess.

In a small bowl blend together 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, butter and a pinch salt until mixture forms into small pellets.

In a small saucepan, bring milk to a boil and whisk in flour mixture, chocolate and cayenne. Cook mixture over moderate heat, whisking until thickened, about 15 seconds and cool 30 seconds.

In a bowl, whisk yolk lightly and whisk into chocolate mixture. In another bowl, whisk whites with a pinch of salt until they hold soft peaks and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, a little at a time, until meringue holds stiff peaks. Fold in remaining meringue gently but thoroughly.

Divide soufflé batter between gratin dishes and put on a baking sheet. Bake chocolate soufflés in middle of oven for 15 minutes or until puffed. Serve immediately.


Makes 2 soufflés

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Old 06-15-2005, 01:40 PM   #5
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OK I don't know if mine really counts as it is not a dish really. My one dish would be whole chickens or turkey. Not because I don't know how to cook them, but because I can't carve. I have tried, but never get it right. I always end up mutilating the bird. Thankfully I have only done it for my DW and myself so we just use our forks and dig into the bird itself once I try and fail at carving it. I will someday get my dad to teach me as he does a fantastic job at carving.
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:00 PM   #6
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I'm right there with you GB!! I'm AWFUL at carving a turkey, although I am getting better. Alton Brown had a decent segment on it. It's a little unorthodox compared to the typical Norman Rockwell type carving you see in commercials for Butterball - but it works for me!


Of course, all this trouble carving comes from my subscriptions to the Tim "The Toolman" Taylor school of thought. Problem is Sheila won't let me have a chainsaw at the dinner table....

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Old 06-15-2005, 03:08 PM   #7
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Did you see Ramsay's kitchen nightmares last night?
One of the restaurants he "overhauled" included having a whole roasted chicken on the menu, and when the waitress/waiter brought it out, it was their job to carve it at the table, in front of the guests!!! Talk about a mess! They finally got it, though, much to Ramsay's pleasure.

I finally mastered the Thanksgiving Bird, due to the fact that I cook it in my big giant roaster. I literally pull the bones out without problem and then I just slice the meat!
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:30 AM   #8
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Heck, I'm so dumb I'll try just about anything at least two or three times ... but pâte à choux freaks me out for some reason! It's really simple ... but something about it really intimidates me. That and some English "puddings" ....
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:54 AM   #9
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I love mussels cooked in garlic and wine, but have never tried cooking them myself (due to a previous incident with a bucket of live clams....). Same goes for lobster - love it, but I don't think I could bear to cook one. I've never tried a souffle, but I will one day - there are some recipes for souffles that won't sink, and some for souffles that are supposed to sink....so I reckon that makes it easier LOL!

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Old 06-16-2005, 10:14 PM   #10
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This one's interesting for me. Being a "pro", "in the biz", there's not many things I haven't done. About the only thing that comes to mind, is making a curry, from scratch. I'd like to give that a shot, or several, attempts.

I'm not worried so much about not cooking it right, as techniques don't scare me. However, what I am concerned with, is "will my family eat it?"

I'm thinking I may have to make some experimental stuff for lunch, when the kids are in school.
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