Sausage-Camembert Spoon Pudding

Italian sausage and creamy Camembert cheese transform simple cornmeal spoon pudding into a rich side dish in this recipe from Ludivine restaurant in Oklahoma City. This recipe first appeared in our August/September 2013 Heartland issue with the story Oklahoma Rising.

Sausage-Camembert Spoon Pudding Sausage-Camembert Spoon Pudding
Italian sausage and creamy Camembert cheese transform simple cornmeal spoon pudding into a rich side dish in this recipe from Ludivine restaurant in Oklahoma City.
Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 8 oz. raw spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 12 cup heavy cream
  • 12 cup cornmeal
  • 6 oz. Camembert or Brie cheese with the rind, cut into ¼” pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Crème fraîche, for garnish
  • Aleppo pepper, for garnish
  • Finely chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 10″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook, stirring and breaking up meat into large pieces, until browned, 5–7 minutes; set aside. Using a hand mixer, beat egg whites in a bowl until soft peaks form, 2–3 minutes; refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat oven to 350°. Grease eight 4-oz. ramekins with olive oil. Boil stock and cream in a 4-qt. saucepan. Whisk in cornmeal; cook until slightly thick, 1–2 minutes. Stir in sausage, salt, and pepper; fold in egg whites and cheese. Spoon into ramekins; bake until set, 30–35 minutes. Garnish with Crème fraîche; sprinkle with Aleppo pepper and parsley.