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Ultimate Carrot Soufflé

Ultimate Carrot Souffle is an exquisite blend of savory and sweet flavors that come together in a heavenly, fluffy casserole.
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Welcome to my kitchen, where I am excited to share my Ultimate Carrot Soufflé recipe—a heavenly combination of savory and sweet flavors, whipped into a fluffy casserole. This timeless dish pairs perfectly with grilled salmon, roasted chicken, smoked turkey, or even a juicy pork chop , making it a go-to for generations. Get ready to treat your taste buds to an unforgettable experience with this dish. It’s the perfect blend of simplicity and sophistication, sure to impress even the most discerning palates. Among all the carrot recipes I have, this is my favorite. So, why wait? Let’s dive into the deliciousness of this Ultimate Carrot Soufflé recipe and elevate your dining experience to new heights!

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A cooked Easy Carrot Soufflé recipe in white dish on a counter top with a spoon lifting out a portion of the mixture

Ultimate Carrot Soufflé


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  • Author: Valerie Denton
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Introducing our delightful Carrot Soufflé recipe — an exquisite blend of savory and sweet flavors that come together in a heavenly, fluffy casserole. This culinary creation is a match made in heaven, perfectly complementing dishes like pork, chicken, and turkey. Get ready to indulge in a symphony of taste and texture!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 lb fresh carrots, peeled (I use the small pre-peeled carrots)
  • 1 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup milk, whole or reduced fat
  • 2 tablespoon flour, all-purpose
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, kosher
  • 3 large eggs, raw, slightly beaten

Instructions

Step 1:  Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2:  Prepare Casserole Dish:

  • Thoroughly butter an 8×8 casserole dish.  Use a 9×13 casserole dish for a 2x (double) batch.  Use 9×13 casserole dish plus 8×8 casserole dish for 3x.

Step 3:  Cook Carrots:

  • Boil carrots in water until they are tender.

Step 4:  Drain and Blend Carrots:

  • Drain the cooked carrots and transfer them to a blender.
  • Add the butter to the hot carrots.  Let butter melt and carrots cool slightly (5 minutes)

Step 5:  Combine Dry Ingredients:

  • In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

Step 6:  Prepare Carrot Souffle Mixture:

  • Add the combined dry ingredients, and milk to the blender with the drained carrots.  
  • Puree the mixture until it becomes smooth.

Step 7:  Add Remaining Ingredients:

  • Incorporate slightly beaten eggs into the carrot mixture in the blender.  NOTE: * If your blender is small, start by blending half of the ingredients. Next, transfer the blended mixture into a large bowl. Proceed to blend the remaining ingredients separately and then combine them with the mixture in the bowl.

Step 8:  Blend until Smooth:

  • Continue blending until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the mixture attains a consistency similar to thin gravy.

Step 9:  Transfer to Casserole Dish:

  • Pour the blended mixture into the prepared buttered casserole dish.

Step 10:  Cover and Bake:

  • Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil.
  • For an 8×8 dish bake in the preheated oven for approximately 1 hour  15 minutes without lifting the foil during baking.  For an 9×13 dish bake in the preheated oven for approximately 1 hour  30 minutes without lifting the foil during baking.

Notes

* Don’t forget to read our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) and HOW MUCH TO MAKE sections below.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE WITH INGREDIENTS

Select the Right Carrots

Start with the freshest carrots you can find. Organic, locally-sourced carrots tend to have a sweeter, more intense flavor. The quality of your carrots is the foundation of your soufflé, setting the stage for a truly memorable dish. When in a rush, I use the small pre-peeled carrots.

Use High-Quality Dairy

The dairy components—eggs, and milk —play crucial roles in the texture and taste of your soufflé. Opt for full-fat options for the richest, most luxurious texture.

A GUIDED JOURNEY OF HOW TO MAKE ULTIMATE CARROT SOUFFLE

Experience the exquisite simplicity of crafting your own homemade carrot soufflé. Elevate your dining affair with its delightful flavors and textures. Fear not, whipping up this delectable dish can be a breeze. Follow along with this easy-to-follow guide to create a visually stunning and irresistibly delicious easy carrot soufflé. Impress your guests and satisfy your own cravings with each fluffy bite. This will become one of your favorite carrot souffle recipes. Join me on this flavorful journey – let’s dive in together!

Step 1: Starting Strong: Preheat Your Oven

Begin by setting your oven to a cozy 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This optimal temperature is the secret to a perfectly baked soufflé.

Step 2: Choose Your Casserole Dish Wisely

Coat an 8×8 casserole dish with a generous amount of butter for a standard batch. Planning for more? A 9×13 dish is ideal for doubling the recipe, and if you’re tripling, add an 8×8 dish to accommodate the bounty of your culinary ambition.

Step 3: Cooking the Carrots to Perfection

Place your carrots in a pot of boiling water and cook them until they surrender their firmness to tender perfection. Thought cooking times vary based upon size, on average small carrots can take approximately 15-20 minutes to cook. The carrots need to be very tender in order to properly blend.

Step 4: Drain and Blend the Carrots

After draining the tender carrots, transfer them to a blender. Add butter to the hot carrots and let it melt, allowing the carrots to cool slightly for about 5 minutes. This step is key for a smooth and rich base.

Step 5: Mixing the Dry Ingredients

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. These dry ingredients will add flavor and structure to your soufflé.

Step 6: Creating the Soufflé Mixture

Add the dry ingredients and milk to the blender with the carrots. Puree the mixture until smooth, ensuring there are no lumps for the perfect smooth consistency.

Step 7: Incorporate the Eggs

Add slightly beaten eggs to the carrot mixture in the blender. The eggs are essential for giving your soufflé that light, airy texture.

Step 8: Blend Until Smooth

Continue blending until the mixture is completely smooth and resembles thin gravy. This ensures that your soufflé will have a uniform.

Step 9: Ready to Bake

Pour the soufflé mixture into your prepared casserole dish. The smooth, creamy mixture should spread evenly in the dish.

Step 10: Cover and Bake

Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil to lock in moisture and ensure even cooking. Bake in the preheated oven without peeking.

This slow baking process is crucial for achieving a fluffy, well-risen soufflé.

 Bake Time for Casserole Dish
 8×89×13
Prepared Ahead, Refrigerated60 minutes75 minutes
Make and Bake45 minutes60 minutes

Savor the Success

Once baked to perfection, allow your carrot soufflé to cool slightly before serving. This dish is a fantastic way to elevate a simple vegetable into a gourmet experience. It’s not just about following a recipe; it’s about embracing the art of cooking to create something truly special. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this guide is designed to help you achieve a flawless easy carrot soufflé that will leave your guests asking for seconds. Enjoy the process and the delicious results!

A cooked Easy Carrot Soufflé in white dish on a black counter top

DETERMINING THE RIGHT QUANTITY: HOW MUCH TO MAKE

When it comes to making Carrot Soufflé, it’s always better to make a little extra to satisfy everyone’s cravings! A good rule of thumb is to plan for about 1/2 to 3/4 cup per person. So, if you’re serving a party of 6 and the menu includes 2 or more sides and a starch, I suggest 8×8. If not, I suggest you double the recipe for a 9×13 or 2 8×8 dishes. Of course, it’s always nice to have leftovers too -my husbands favorite leftover!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Can I make this carrot soufflé ahead of time?

Absolutely! Our Carrot Soufflé is a fantastic make-ahead dish for stress-free entertaining. Simply prepare the soufflé up to the baking step, cover it, and refrigerate. When you’re ready to bake, stir, pour into the prepared dish and bake it according to the instructions. This way, you can enjoy your gathering without spending all your time in the kitchen.

What’s the secret to a perfectly risen soufflé?

The key to a soufflé that rises beautifully lies in the eggs and baking technique. Ensure the eggs are well beaten. Also, avoid opening the foil from the casserole while baking, as sudden temperature changes can cause the soufflé to fall. Patience is your best friends here!

Is carrot soufflé suitable for special diets?

Carrot Soufflé can be adapted to fit various dietary needs with a few tweaks. For a gluten-free version, substitute the flour with your preferred gluten-free blend. To make it dairy-free, use plant-based milk and butter alternatives. However, achieving a dairy-free version that rises well without eggs can be challenging, as eggs are crucial for the structure of the soufflé.

What to serve with carrot soufflé?

When it comes to pairing with soufflé, you’ve got options! Consider serving it alongside savory mains like grilled salmon, roasted chicken, smoked turkey, or even a juicy pork chop for a delightful contrast of flavors. You can also opt for lighter options such as a fresh salad or roasted vegetables with pasta to complement the soufflé’s rich texture. Don’t forget a glass of your favorite wine or a refreshing beverage to complete the meal!

Carrot soufflé or carrot casserole?

Ah, the eternal debate! While it has elements of both, I like to think of it as the best of both worlds—a Carrot Soufflé with a hint of casserole charm. It’s light and airy like a soufflé but with the comforting appeal of a casserole. Call it what you will, but one thing’s for sure: it’s a delightful dish that’ll have you coming back for seconds!

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