Nettle and anchovy soufflé
Dairy, gluten, lactose, nightshade, nut and wheat free; can be corn and soya free

This is a really lovely, delicately flavoured soufflé. I made it for two but if you want to make it for four people, just double up on the ingredients and cook for 45 minutes or until the soufflé is well risen a lightly browned on top.
People get very scared of soufflés but as long as you put in enough eggs and are sure to use one more white than you do yolk, you really cannot go wrong…

Nettle souffle

Serves 2

oil from a 50g/2oz tin of anchovies, canned in olive oil if possible,  plus 1 extra tbsp olive oil
1 small leek,sliced very finely
4 large anchovies from the tin, chopped small
100g /4oz young nettle tops and leaves
1 level tbsp gluten and wheat free flour
250ml/8floz oat milk or unsweetened soya milk
freshly ground black pepper
the yolks of 4 and the whites of 5 medium free-range eggs

Heat the oils in a heavy and very gently fry the leeks and anchovies until both are softening – around 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash the nettle tops thoroughly and dry lightly – make sure that you wear rubber gloves and that you discard all the tough stalks. Chop them very briefly in a food processor – you want the leaves chopped small but not pureed to a mush.
Add the nettles to the leeks and anchovies, cover the pan and sweat very gently for a further 10 minutes.
Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
Add the flour to the mixture and stir over the heat for a few moment, then gradually add the oat milk or soya milk. Continue to cook and stir gently until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from the heat. Leave for a couple of moment to cool slightly.
Separate the eggs and stir the yolks into the spinach mixture.
Whisk the whites with a hand whisk until they hold in soft mounds – do not whisk them really stiff as you would for meringues.
Gently stir approximately 1/3 of the  whites into the nettle mixture with a folding/stirring  motion, getting them well amalgamate. Then gently fold in the remaining whites.
Pour into a soufflé dish approximately 15cm/6 inches in diameter. (If your dish is smaller and the uncooked mixture is likely to fill the dish completely, make a collar of foil or greaseproof paper round the dish, tied with string, to hold the mixture in if it rises above the edges of the dish.)
Cook for 30 minutes or until the soufflé is risen and lightly browned on top. Serve at once followed by a green salad.

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