Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta & Crispy Sage

by Marla on October 24, 2012 · 74 comments

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Savory Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta and Sage | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Have you ever baked a soufflé? Many of us are intimidated by this cooking technique. The whole idea of timing everything so you end up with a poofy delight can be overwhelming. I urge you to try this as soon as you can (it’s not as hard as you think!)

I recently received Aran Goyoaga’s {Cannelle et Vanille} new cookbook Small Plates Sweet Treats. All of the recipes tempt & beckon.

Every page is a visual feast. Gluten free recipes that will have you dashing to the kitchen to explore, create and tantalize your family and friends.

Giveaway! Savory Plates & Sweet Treats Cookbook on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Aran grew up in the Basque region of Spain. She lived in a small town and learned about quality ingredients and cooking techniques at a young age from her family.

Recently I got to know her well on our Alaskan Culinary Retreat. She is a gal filled with knowledge, wisdom and is a true treat to know!

Savory Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta and Sage | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

When Aran came to the US she was a pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton. When her and her family were diagnosed with a gluten intolerance she took action to make sure sure that her family could enjoy the foods they were used to ~ with a gluten free twist.

These days as more folks are getting diagnosed with intolerances we need books that bridge gaps so no one misses out on the great foods they love. The friendly tone, simple directions and easy to find ingredients will have you cooking recipes you never imagined possible!

In Small Plates & Sweet Treats you get to experience sweets and savories with recipes arranged by season.

Small Plates & Sweet Treats cookbook by Aran Goyoaga on FamilyFreshCooking.com

The photos! I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful they are (though if you regularly visit Cannelle et Vanille than you know how talented she is) ~ this book would make a gorgeous gift and would display proudly on your coffee table.

Every recipe is accompanied by a photo. A feast for the eyes before you even get into the kitchen!

I am so proud of Aran. We both are mommies to 2 small children. We carefully balance careers that keep us on our toes. Aran is a true inspiration in so many ways. Her photography is stunning, her personal taste extraordinary and her skills in the kitchen ~ AMAZING!

Savory Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta and Sage | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Life here has been crazy busy. With that my recipes often need to be adapted to ingredients I have on hand.

I did make a few changes and adaptations to Aran’s recipe. The flavor and results were still wonderful! I used to stress over not having all of the ingredients for a recipe. These days I embrace that as an opportunity to learn more in the kitchen.

Savory Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta and Sage | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Lately I crave crispy, buttery fried sage leaves. Have you ever had this? Gently mix some fresh sage leaves in a pool of bubbly salted butter.

Watch as they transform into crispy, irresistible nibbles! I could eat them by the bowlful. They compliment the sweet potato soufflés nicely.

Savory Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta and Sage | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Enjoy this recipe, it’s the perfect season for comforting rustic flavors like this!

You can order Small Plates Sweet Treats from Amazon, your favorite indie bookstore, or visit the Book tab on Cannelle et Vanille blog for more references.

This recipe was adapted from Small Plates & Sweet Treats cookbook.

Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta & Sage

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 six ounce soufflés

Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta & Sage

Ingredients

    Sweet Potato Soufflé
  • 2 large (1 pound or 450 g) Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) unrefined Coconut Oil (plus more for the inside of ramekins)
  • 1/3 cup (30 g) Almond Meal
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1 cup (230 g) unsweetened Light Coconut Milk, at room temperature
  • 3 ounces (90 g) light Feta Cheese, crumbled - at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Chives, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • Crispy Sage
  • a few pats of salted Butter or Ghee
  • handful of Sage Leaves

Method

    Sweet Potato Soufflés
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) with the rack in the middle. Rinse and pat dry the sweet potatoes. Pierce them several times with a fork or knife (this makes it so they don't explode in your oven.) Place the potatoes on a baking sheet, bake for about 45-55 minutes or until fork tender. Peel them and purée in a food processor or blender. Measure out 1 1/4 cups (280 g) of the sweet potato purée. Reserve. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  • Separate the egg white from the yolks. Brush the inside of eight (6 ounce) ramekins with coconut oil. Add some of the almond meal to one ramekin. Make sure all of the inside surfaces are coated with a layer of this. Transfer the almond meal to another ramekin and do the same to the remaining ramekins. Gently tap the ramekins upside down to remove any extra meal.
  • Melt the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat. Add coconut flour and stir quickly with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the coconut milk and and whisk to remove any lumps. Cook until the mixture comes to a boil, it will thicken immediately. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the egg yolks, sweet potato purée, feta cheese, sage, chives, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir all ingredients together.
  • Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip them on medium high speed until they from medium peaks. Do not over mix or they will become too dry to fold into the batter.
  • Fold one-third of the whipped egg whites into the sweet potato batter until no egg white is visible. Gently fold the rest of the egg whites in, be careful not to deflate the batter too much.
  • Divide the batter among the oiled ramekins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the soufflés have risen and are set (if there is too much jiggle they are not done) The tops should be slightly golden. Serve immediately with crispy sage leaves.
  • Crispy Sage Leaves
  • Bring a few pats of butter to a boil. Add sage leaves and gently flip them in the pan until crispy. watch carefully so they do not brown. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.
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1 Rosa October 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

A wonderful book, I’m sure. That soufflé is so scrumptious looking.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Marla October 24, 2012 at 5:41 am

Thanks Rosa! You would love this book. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on yours ~ You think a Rosa’s Yummy Yums book any time soon?

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3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 24, 2012 at 5:37 am

This sounds mega delicious. Golly, I looooove crispy sage!

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4 Marla October 24, 2012 at 5:41 am

Katrina ~ I know it! Isn’t it the best? Way better than chips ;)

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5 bridget {bake at 350} October 24, 2012 at 6:11 am

I can totally see you and Aran hitting it off! Two moms who create gorgeous recipes and beautiful photos to go along with them! Can’t wait to see Aran’s book in person!

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6 Marla October 24, 2012 at 6:24 am

Bridget…thank you!!! She really is a doll. As are you! I would love the 3 of us to get together :) XO

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7 Laura West Kong October 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

That soufflé looks wonderful! I love anything sweet potato. I need a new sage plant, though. Mine’s looking kind of sad these days.

My fav sweet treat is my Coconut-Date Chocolate Bonbons: http://www.laurawestkong.com/gff/2012/coconut-date-chocolate-bonbons/ I was just thinking of whipping up a batch.

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8 Yelena October 24, 2012 at 6:26 am

My book in a mail-) I will have it soon, can not wait! Thank you for adding my Salmon Soufflé -)

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9 Sean October 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

I love natural crispy kale chips. Delicious!

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10 Alina October 24, 2012 at 7:05 am

I bite of a one-bite cheesecake. YUM!

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11 sara October 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

I love bruschetta as a starter or light lunch.

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12 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

I’ve baked a souffle a couple of times and I am totally adding this recipe to the list. I LOVE sweet potato. Thanks, Marla!

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13 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

I love all of Aran’s sweet or savory tarts! :) And I love all of your photos. . and where on earth did you get those beautiful wooden spoons??! Gorgeous!

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14 aida mollenkamp October 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

Yes to these flavors and this recipe! Thanks for sharing, Marla — I too am a big fan of Aran and her work.

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15 Julie October 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

I really enjoy a savory souffle and the sweet potatoes are a great idea. Can’t wait to try it out!

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16 Deliciously Organic October 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

What a unique recipe. I can’t wait to give it a try. I’m also so excited to get my hands on the new cookbook!

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17 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

This sounds delicious! Buttery sage leaves – genius!

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18 Susana I. October 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

Pizza bites! :) (savory mini cup like pastry with cheese and pizza sauce).

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19 gail October 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

kale chips

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20 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

Awesome new book and can’t wait to see it!

Fave small plate…mini cookies :)

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21 Cindy Brickley October 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

Snickerdoodle cookies with butterscotch chips.

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22 Diana October 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

I love blue cheese souffle!

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23 Lucy October 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

ordering this book right now – especially if as you so eloquently state the recipes – tempt & beckon – surely that should be the title of a food blog?! Love Aran and her beautiful blog and know that the book will be as stylish – thanks for sharing Marla – in your own fabulous family fresh fashion!

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24 Andrea DiGeronimo October 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

Marla, Looks so delicious! Photography is amazing! Loving those little spoons too. The delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and inspiring posts just keep coming. You are amazing, lovely, creative and captivating to me! xxoo

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25 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings October 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

someone ahead of me posted cheesecake- i’d like that too :)

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26 Shumaila October 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

anything with goat cheese!

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27 sara October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

My favorite small plate is patatas bravas.

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28 sara October 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm
29 Rachelle Christensen October 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

That book looks divine! I think I need to win that or it’s going on my Christmas list. :) Love your photos and those darling spoons!

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30 Lauren October 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I love mini cookies for my small sweet plate :)

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31 Alice Peterson October 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

This sounds yummy! I’ve never made a souffle before but this sound do-able, except for finding almond meal coconut oil, and feta cheese in our tiny grocery. The book Small Plates and Sweet Treats sounds like something I must remember to get the next time I’m at Barnes & Noble. A dark chocolate Dove candy is my favorite small treat. I try to eat just one….

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32 grace October 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

i don’t eat sweet much but my favorite dessert is tiramisu. so occasionally i will get a small slice of tiramisu from local store to enjoy it. thanks for this giveaway.

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33 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I love little ice cream sandwiches. I love those floral spoons! They look like Anthro. am I right?

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34 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm
35 Jacqui October 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

My favorite dessert is anything chocolate and peanut butter!! Best combination ever :-)

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36 Bonnie K October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Love the cover of the cookbook. I would love to read and drool over pictures and of course bake something such as the sweet potato souffle.

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37 HeatherChristo October 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Oh my gosh- I cannot wait to see this book! The whole thing sounds fantastic, and love the sage leaves!

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38 Bonnie K October 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Beautiful picture with the souffle and sage leaves. http://pinterest.com/pin/42080577739711425/

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39 Theresa J October 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I love lemon desserts

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40 Theresa J October 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm
41 Elin October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I have to admit that I’m currently obsessed with anything that is a mini-pie. Be it on a stick or in a jar, I love them!

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42 Tanya October 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

An All-Time Favorite? Sweet or Savory? Man … I don’t know if I can choose since it can change daily … or stay the same for weeks. One thing I love (that is both sweet & savory) is prosciutto wrapped melon. If I were asked this question tomorrow that might not make the final cut but it is a classic.

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43 christina October 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm

kale chips

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44 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I love a savory souffle, these are wonderful flavors!

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45 Sarah L October 25, 2012 at 1:03 am

Those look great! I love mini caprese skewers or chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

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46 Joanne October 25, 2012 at 6:26 am

MARLA. I can’t think of anything I want more than this right now. In.Love.

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47 Sarah H.P. October 25, 2012 at 6:36 am

My favorite savory small treat would have to be bruschetta!

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48 susan October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

Yummy recipe, Marla. And I am addicted to fried sage leaves – lovely accessory to your souffle.

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49 Vijitha October 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

Hello Marla,
I am visiting your blog after a long time. I am looking forward holding Aran’s book soon. I love the use of sage with sweet potatoes. They goes so well with roasted butternut squash too. Easy recipe and I am sure my family will love it.

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50 Marla October 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a chance to get your hands on this cookbook soon. It really is amazing. Also hope you get to try the soufflé!

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51 grace October 25, 2012 at 11:54 am
52 Amy Tong October 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

This is such a gorgeous dish. My favorite dessert is dark chocolate panna cotta. :)

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53 Jennifer @ Delicieux October 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Those souffles look so good!!! I just love the sweet potato and sage combination. Such a gorgeous book too. I wonder when we’ll get it in Australia.

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54 Marla October 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Jennifer, I hope you get the book in Aussie real soon!

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55 Sallie October 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love cupcakes – they’re the perfect snack :)

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56 Jeanette October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Aran is a sweetheart – I met her last year at a conference and she is so incredibly sweet and humble. I would love to see her new cookbook – I am sure the photography is just amazing.

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57 Erin October 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Please, oh please tell me where I can get those spoons! They make everything look even more scrumptious looking!

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58 baker street October 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

I love a savory souffle and that sounds incredibly delicious!

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59 Kristina Vanni October 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

It wouldn’t be fall without the flavor of sweet potatoes! I love your incorporation of the crispy sage – thanks Marla!

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60 Alison October 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

I really enjoy savory egg dishes.

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61 Millie October 28, 2012 at 1:26 am

I absolutely ADORE roasted pear and white chocolate scones!

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62 Kath October 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

I am totally obssessed with chocolate lamingtons just like my granny used to make :)

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63 Grant October 28, 2012 at 2:11 am

I LOVE my darling wife’s bacon and egg pies.

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64 Eddie October 28, 2012 at 2:12 am

It’s Raspberry & White Chocolate Brownies for me!

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65 Cara October 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

This recipe – and the cookbook- sound to die for. I would love to have a copy!
My favorite sweet treat is currently the pumpkin oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve been making :)

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66 Cara October 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

link to Family Fresh Cooking re-pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/19844054579695917/

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67 AndreiaV October 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I would love to have this book! unfortunately, it´s not available in my country :c

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68 Noella October 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

First time growing sweet potatoes this year. Will have to try this. Looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.

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69 Russell at Chasing Delicious November 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

This is such a scrumptious looking souffle!

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70 Beth November 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I just had to let you know….I made these tonight and they were fabulous. Crazy thing though…I accidentally grabbed CORN flour instead of COCONUT flour, and didn’t realize my mistake until we’d already eaten them. The corn flour worked perfectly.

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71 Esi November 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

I just bought like a ton of sweet potatoes. This is an excellent way to use them up

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72 frost December 12, 2012 at 2:24 am

they look lovely and i bet they taste as good as they look.=)

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