- 5 medium red bell peppers—roasted, peeled, cored and seeded
- 1/3 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth, skimmed of fat
- 1/4 cup minced fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill and chives
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
- 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 5 1/2 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
- 3 tablespoons grated aged goat cheese
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons skim milk
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 5 tablespoons egg whites, at room temperature
- Put the roasted peppers in a blender and puree with the chicken stock. Strain into a nonreactive saucepan, stir in 2 tablespoons of the herbs and season with salt and pepper; keep the sauce warm.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat eight 1/2-cup ramekins with vegetable oil spray. Season the bread crumbs with salt and pepper and use them to coat the ramekins. In a food processor, puree the ricotta, the fresh and aged goat cheeses, remaining 2 tablespoons herbs, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth.
- In a small bowl, stir 2 tablespoons of the milk into the cornstarch until smooth. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining milk to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the dissolved cornstarch until smooth. Stir in the cheese mixture and let cool.
- Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. Stir one-third of the whites into the cheese mixture, then fold in the remaining whites. Spoon the soufflé mixture into the ramekins and set them in a baking dish. Add water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the tops are browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
- Make a pool of the red pepper sauce on 8 plates. Unmold the soufflés browned side up, on top of the sauce and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.