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Despite what you might read elsewhere, a sformato is usually not quite as light and airy as a soufflé. Of the hundreds of recipes from around Italy for sformati involving cheese, vegetables, mushrooms, potatoes or many other things, some come out looking more like a quiche. (Lately, chefs have been coming up with dessert versions). On a restaurant menu, a small one might be called a sformatino.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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