Parmesan Potato and Ham SoufflÃ©s ~ Serves 2
2 tablespoons butter – melted
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese – divided
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 1/4 cups instant potato flakes or buds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs – separated
1/3 cup chopped baked ham or prosciutto (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cream of tartar
1/4 cup chopped ripe black olives (optional)
small basil leaves – for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 450ÂºF. Brush the bottoms and sides of 2 individual soufflÃ© dishes (12 ounces each) with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Sprinkle the dishes with 1 tablespoon of cheese to coat evenly. Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the potato flakes, salt and remaining butter; remove from the heat. Beat the cream and egg yolks in a small bowl; stir into the potatoes with the ham, pepper and the remaining cheese. Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in another large bowl with an electric mixer on high until firm peaks form; gently fold into the potato mixture. Spoon into the prepared dishes, dividing it evenly. Bake the soufflÃ©s on a jelly-roll pan for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffy and set. Garnish with the olives and basil, if desired, and serve immediately.
NOTES : SoufflÃ© can be baked in a 1 1/2-quart soufflÃ© dish. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until puffy and set.