A sformato is kind of like a soufflé-like pudding or flan, lightened by egg whites, and often savory. It is incredibly versatile and can be made from any sort of cooked and pureed vegetables, or even cheese such as ricotta, or pasta or rice. Despite it’s elegant name, it is really a very simple dish to prepare.
If you can whip an egg white, you have absolutely no reason to be intimidated by a soufflé. Rich, creamy, and extra cheesy, don't hesitate to serve these as part of a stunning holiday feast, or even as a light lunch for a special gathering.
While our brussels sprouts with bacon and gruyère might be one of our most popular recipes, there are other tasty ways to cook this classic vegetable. Roasted until caramelized with a crisp golden-brown exterior, these little cabbages are then tossed with sweet-tart cranberries, toasty hazelnuts, and just enough orange zest to add a bit of zing.
Forget mashed potatoes; this is all about mashed root veggies. This lovely trio of roots–celery root (celeriac), parsnips, and russet potatoes–brings nuance and depth to a side that can range from lumpy and bland to overwhelmingly rich. It feels special, and interesting.
Typically, you would serve this as a main dish with plenty of steamed or roasted veggies alongside. But it also works as a side dish to roasted or barbecued meats. You can easily double this recipe for a crowd, and if you want to get fancy, divide the mixture between individual ramekins so everyone gets their own special portion.