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JUDITH’S CHEESE SOUFFLE

All those who have avoided making a souffle because you thought it was too difficult, raise your hand . . .

(raises hand)

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 souffle dish and then offering up prayers and your first born to the souffle gods in order to guarantee success.  But this past week, I threw caution to the wind (and since my first born is now fully grown), grabbed Judith Jones’ recipe and gave it a whirl – and whadaya know – success the first time (and the crowd goes wild)!

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.

JUDITH’S CHEESE SOUFFLE
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NOTE:  This recipe is for ONE SERVING so if you are making it for two or more, you’ll need to adjust accordingly.

Use a souffle dish that is 2-3/4 inches high and 4 inches in diameter or any oven-safe, straight-sided dish with a 2-cup capacity works (no need to line with parchment – the deep sides of the souffle dish is sufficient).

You can also vary the recipe by using 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.

2-1/2 tsp. butter
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan (use fresh – NOT the stuff in the green can!)
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/3 cup milk
Large pinch of salt
Small pinch of paprika
1 egg yolk
2 egg whites
1/3 cup grated cheese such as Cheddar or Swiss, tightly packed (I used Gruyere)

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.

Perfection!

2 replies on “JUDITH’S CHEESE SOUFFLE”

Nancy ~ I cannot even tell you how easy-peasy this is – REALLY! Try it – I promise you’ll be amazed and wondering why it took you so long!

That’s it! I too have been “fearing” the elusive soufle, however after reading your post, I am going for it! Thanks!

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