This Carrot Puff Casserole is similar to a souffle except it is supposed to collapse when you take it out of the oven taking all of the pressure off the baker. Phew! Carrot Puff Casserole is great for brunch or a side dish for lunch or dinner.
Fresh carrots not only add an eye-catching orange hue to the dish, but they also add all of that lovely beta-carotene and other antioxidants that our bodies need.
I made this recipe with duck eggs. If you haven’t tried them before, I highly recommend them. A few key differences between duck and chicken eggs are:
- they have a thicker shell, so they have a longer shelf life
- they have more albumen (the “white”)
- they tend to have more protein, fat, and omega 3 fatty acids (though the diet of the duck can be a factor)
Otherwise, they taste just like the chicken eggs you are used to. And you can use the two interchangeably; 2 duck eggs equal 3 large chicken eggs.
Carrot Puff Casserole Ingredients
- 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons onion, very finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 duck eggs (or 3 large chicken eggs)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 1-quart baking dish.
- Steam or boil the carrots until fork tender.
- While carrots are cooking, in a large saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add flour and seasonings and stir until combined.
- Add the milk and whisk until combined. Cook until mixture begins to thicken, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Drain the carrots and puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor.
- Separate the eggs, adding the yolks to the carrots and the whites in a clean bowl. Beat egg whites with a mixer until stiff peaks form (when you remove the beater the “mountain” of egg white stays tall and does not fall over).
- Mix the carrots and egg yolks, add the milk mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites just until blended. Don’t over mix!
- Pour into a prepared 1-quart baking dish and bake until golden brown and set in the center, about 30-35 minutes.
- Serve warm.
Always use organic fruits and vegetables in these recipes.
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Audrey Humaciu created this recipe for Harvest2U
Audrey is the Editor in Chef at That Recipe and VP of Creativity and Sarcasm at Munofore. When she’s not blogging about her eclectic interests from cooking and crafting to ornamental horticulture and the idiosyncrasies of the American language, she’s just your typical 40 something mom livin’ the life in the California burbs… without the minivan and overpriced coffee.
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