Recipe: Skillet Souffle with Spinach, Smoked Salmon & Tomato Jam Topping

Spinach will be in season for another couple weeks.  Try it a new way in this skillet souffle, which is made on the stovetop to avoid heating up the oven now that summer is here.  The salmon addition is optional.  The tomato jam topping is a nice, low-cal and dairy free alternative to cheese, but if you’re short on time, just top with cheese.

Skillet Souffle with Spinach, Smoked Salmon & Tomato Jam Topping

Green Garlics

Green Garlics

Step 1:  Make Tomato Relish

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lrg. green garlics, white and green parts divided (garlic scapes are a fine substitution)
  • 15 oz. can Muir Glen diced tomatoes and their juices (or 2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced, with their juices)
  • 1 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

Slice garlic in half lengthwise, then slice crosswise about ¼” thick, keeping white bottom slices separate from green top slices.  Measure out ½ cup of white bottom slices; reserve remaining slices for use below.

Heat oil over medium heat in a medium sauté pan (about 8-10”).  When it is fairly warm, add the ½ cup white garlic slices and sauté gently for about 2-3 minutes, until just beginning to soften.  Stir in tomatoes, sugar (if using), and salt and pepper.  Lower heat and simmer until very thick, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.  Remove from heat and reserve.

PIC green garlic

Step 2:  Saute Vegetables

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow or red onion, diced to ¼” (about 2 cups)
  • ¼ to ½ lb. cremini mushrooms, chopped to about ½” (about 2 cups)
  • 1 to 1½ cups reserved green garlic pieces (to taste)
  • 1/8 to ½ tsp. chili flakes, to taste
  • 8 cups spinach leaves, cut into roughly 1-2” squares (about 1/2 lb.) or 4 cups spinach stems, sliced about ½” thick
  • 1 large cooked salmon steak flaked into small pieces (about 2 cups) or ¼ to ½ cup smoked salmon pieces
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat until quite warm.  Add onions and cook and stir about 5 minutes, until just beginning to soften.  Add mushrooms and cook another 5-7 minutes until mushrooms brown slightly and their juice evaporate.  Add spinach leaves or stems and cook another 5 minutes (for leaves) or 8-10 minutes (for stems) until tender, stirring every couple minutes.

Sauteed Vegetables

Sauteed Vegetables

Lower heat to medium low, push vegetables to sides of pan and add another 1 tsp. olive oil to center of pan.  When it is fairly warm, add reserved garlic slices and chili flakes.  Saute gently for about 2-3 minutes, until garlic is just beginning to soften.

Add salmon, stir everything together and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Continue cooking until salmon is heated through, then reduce heat to low and keep warm while cooking eggs.

Step 3:  Souffle Eggs

8 med. eggs, well beaten

Over medium heat, warm a separate, non-stick saute pan (about 8-10”) and coat lightly with butter.  When pan is fairly warm, pour in eggs.  Turn heat to low, cover and cook just until puffy like a souffle and all liquid egg is cooked.  If eggs are becoming too brown on the bottom before top portion is cooked through, gently separate in a few places with the end of spatula and allow any remaining beaten eggs to seep down to bottom of pan.

Skillet Souffled Eggs

Skillet Souffled Eggs

Step 4:  Assemble the Dish

½ to 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Gently spread spinach mixture over the cooked soufflé.  Dot with tomato jam and feta crumbles.  Serve immediately.  (Can also be served at room temperature, like a quiche.)

Finished Skillet Souffle

Serving the finished dish at Farmers’ Market

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