Caribbean Salmon (or Crab/Seafood) Soufflee
1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
4 T unsalted Butter
1/3 cup mixed fresh herbs: parsley, basil, thyme
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 t Curry powder
1/2 T fresh Thyme, it came back on its own. I thought it was dead!
1/2 T dried Parsley, because the Parsley did not resurrect as well as the Thyme.
1/2 t Red Pepper flakes
1/2 t salt
3 T unbleached all-purpose Flour
1 1/4 c Lactose Free Milk
4 free range organic Egg Yolks
1 tin Sockeye Salmon
1 rib Celery, chopped fine
6 free range organic Egg Whites, stiffly beaten
1/4 t fresh Lemon Juice (or use Cream of Tartar for the acidity desired.)
Fresh Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
Butter a 8 cup souffle dish. Easiest way to do this is to use the butter wrapper or using a pat of butter with some parchement paper or your fingers :-) Be thorough. Put it in fridge and do it again. Alternatively, you can melt the butter, brush it on and brush on a second layer after the first is chilled.
Toast Coconut in a dry, non-stick skillet over low heat.
In a medium skillet, melt Butter over low heat and add the Celery, Parsley, Garlic, Curry powder, Thyme, Red Pepper flakes, Salt and Pepper - cook for 3 minutes. Stir in flour until smooth for about 1 minute. Pour in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Set aside and cool slightly.
Whisk the Egg Yolks one at a time into the sauce. Stir in Coconut and Salmon (drained and deboned).
In medium bowl, beat Egg Whites and Lemon Juice with a mixer until stiff, but not dry. Stir 1/4 of the Whites into Yolk and Salmon mixture. Quickly and gently fold in the remaining whites. Do not deflate the volume.
Transfer mixture to the souffle dish and place it on a rack at the bottom of the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden, puffed and still moist inside.
Post script!!!!: I forgot the coconut at the last minute. It was right in front of me on the stovetop and I forgot it. So I had to dump it on top of the dish and then knife it in to avoide deflating. It worked out fine but it did result in larger veins of coconut than before.