by Debra on January 10, 2011

Musical pairing – Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

SMITH BITES NOTE: On the musical pairing above, my father-in-law was a big fan of CCR and played quite a bit of it when The Professor was growing up; however, The Professor would sing, ‘don’t go around tonight, well it’s bound to take your life, there’s a bathroom on the right’ . . .

I can’t tell you how many years, times I wanted to make a souffle and talked myself out of it because it involved whipping huge bowls of egg whites, securing some sort of  paper cone around a tall white dish and then offering up prayers to the souffle gods and tossing salt, pepper and anything else over your shoulder in order to guarantee success.  But I finally threw caution to the wind, grabbed Judith Jones’ recipe and gave it a go and whadaya know – success the first time . . . total score!!!

What I love about this souffle is how versatile the recipe is; you can easily change it up by swapping out some of the cheese for 3 Tbsp. of a finely chopped cooked green vegetable, sauteed mushrooms, or minced ham, in which case use only 1 Tbsp. of mild grated cheese, like Swiss, in addition to the Parmesan. And a souffle is especially nice when everyone is trying to regroup after overdoing the holidays.

Light, airy, cheesy, quick (not to mention gorgeous) it’s absolute perfection!  The hardest part?  Locating a 2 cup souffle dish that didn’t cost an arm and a leg – I finally found one at my area Sur La Table for $4.95 each.

And since cheese is the main ingredient, it’s really important to use the best quality cheese you can afford; it’s also best to grate it yourself as pre-grated cheese tends to be dried out and has lost some of its flavor.

So what’s your most famous lyrical misquote?


1. Smear 1/2 tsp. softened butter around inside of a souffle dish, and sprinkle Parmesan over it. Preheat oven to 425.

2. Melt 2 tsp. butter in a small pot, and stir in flour. Let cook over low heat for a minute, then remove from heat. Pour in milk, whisking vigorously, and return pot to medium-low heat to simmer for a minute, stirring constantly as the sauce thickens. Season with salt and paprika. Remove from heat, and whisk in egg yolk.

3. Put egg whites in a clean bowl and beat until they form soft peaks. Add a dollop of egg whites to pot, and mix in along with about half of grated cheese.

Fold in remaining egg whites and cheese; transfer everything to the prepared souffle dish.

Place dish on a baking sheet, and set it in the middle of the oven. Turn heat down to 375, and bake 18 minutes, until souffle has risen and top is lightly browned.