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Fallen Polenta and Goat Cheese Soufflé with Mixed Salad

  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Quick-cooking polenta gives this soufflé a luscious, almost puddinglike texture. Rich dishes like this one are lovely with a refreshing, citrusy Italian Pinot Grigio.

  1. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon instant polenta
  2. 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  3. 2 cups milk
  4. 5 1/2 ounces fresh goat cheese (2/3 cup)
  5. 4 large eggs, separated
  6. 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  7. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  10. 1 bunch arugula (6 ounces), thick stems removed
  11. 1 small head of radicchio, leaves torn into bite-size pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the polenta with the cheese. Generously butter an 8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and coat it with the polenta-cheese mixture.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of polenta and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the goat cheese, egg yolks, chives, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Beat one-fourth of the egg whites into the polenta, then fold the polenta into the remaining egg whites with a large rubber spatula. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake on the lowest rack of the oven for about 20 minutes, until the soufflé is golden, risen and only slightly jiggly in the center.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the arugula and radicchio and toss well. Transfer the salad to 4 plates. Spoon the soufflé alongside and serve.
Make Ahead The polenta soufflé can be baked up to 4 hours ahead and served at room temperature.