½pound frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
2tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
½ounce Parmesan, grated
¼cup fresh breadcrumbs
¼cup minced shallots
1½tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
¾cups evaporated fat free milk, not reconstituted
2ounces shredded Gruyère, (about ½ cup)
½teaspoon kosher salt
¼teaspoon freshly ground pepper (or to taste)
¼teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
3cups very hot water
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings): Calories 247 (52% from fat) • carb. 15g • pro. 15g • fat 14g • sat. fat 8g • chol. 140mg • sod. 440mg • calc. 422mg • fiber 2g
To drain spinach thoroughly, first squeeze out as much water as possible with your hands. Lay spinach on a clean kitchen towel, roll up and wring out the rest. One-half cup very dry spinach will remain. Set aside. Coat the inside of a 1-quart soufflé dish with 2 teaspoons butter. Combine cheese and breadcrumbs. Dust prepared dish with crumb mixture; reserve remaining crumb mixture. Cut a piece of aluminum foil about 24 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise, then fold in half again two more times to create a strip about 24 inches in length and 2 inches wide to make a “cradle”; reserve.
Melt remaining butter in a 1¾-quart Cuisinart® saucepan over medium heat; add shallots and cook, stirring until softened. Add flour and stir for a minute. Pour in milk; stir occasionally until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and add Gruyère. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place egg whites in a large mixing bowl; beat with a hand-held electric mixer or whisk until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Place egg yolks in another large mixing bowl. Beat with mixer on Low, or whisk, for 1 minute. Gradually incorporate the hot cream sauce; beat 1 minute. Stir in spinach. Scoop ¼ of whites into spinach mixture and stir to lighten mixture. Gently fold in remaining beaten egg whites, taking care not to deflate mixture. Pour the mixture into prepared soufflé dish and sprinkle top with remaining crumbs. Set the dish in the center of the long strip of folded foil and bring up the sides to meet, twisting them together to form a handle. Place the rack in the ceramic pot of the Cuisinart® Slow Cooker. Carefully pour hot water into bottom of pot. To place filled soufflé dish on rack, use the foil cradle to help lift the dish, and carefully lower the dish into the pot and place on the rack. Cover and press the on/off button to turn the unit on. Set time to 3 hours and press High. Slow cooker will automatically switch to Warm when cooking time has lapsed. Remove the soufflé dish from the slow cooker using the foil strips to lift it. Serve timbale warm.