|Simply lovely Cheese Souffle|
This week for French Fridays we made a Cheese Souffle. This was a first for me and, it was a success! I have always wanted to make a souffle but, was scared off by it’s reputation for being complicated. Despite my trepidation I decided to plunge right in. I don’t own a souffle mold so, I used a Corning dish that was a tad large. With that exception, it still came out beautiful! Hard to believe that in my huge arsenal of bake and cookware I didn’t have a souffle pan! Something new I will have to add to my “wish list”!
This recipe starts with a béchamel sauce. Melting butter in a saucepan, then adding the flour and cooking for a few minutes on low heat to get rid of the floury taste. Add the milk in a slow stream and continue cooking until thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg then set aside for 10 minutes! Now you’re ready to add the egg yolks, by beating them into the béchamel sauce one at a time. Add your cheese, I used a Emmenthal. Beat your egg whites carefully…you don’t want to over-beat them. Fold them into the cheese mixture and bake.
Although my souffle raised nicely you couldn’t tell in my pictures! My dish was TOO BIG! It tasted scrumptious! It took an ordinary evening and gave it such an elegant feeling! A gourmet meal for a weeknight dinner! My husband loved it! I know this will not be my last experience with "The Souffle"! I served mine with a lovely salad of greens, pears, cranberries and walnuts then added a balsamic dressing and...VIOLA! Thanks French Fridays for expanding my horizons! Everything was wonderful with the exception of a sink full of dirty pots and pans! Happy Friday Everyone!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”. You can check out what other Doristas are doing by going here!
|The béchamel sauce thickening on stove…note the trail being left by the whisk. Pour into a bowl and let cool down for 10 minutes.|
|Then beat in the egg yolks one at a time|
|Beating in the last egg yolk|
|Fold in the egg whites gently…it’s ok if you have streaks of white|
|Just out of the oven|
|This was so delectable and so worth all the pots and pans filling my kitchen sink!|
|Elegant…and oh so yummy!|