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Classic Cheese Soufflé





Yields
Makes 6 main-dish servings

Notes: You can prepare the dishes, make the sauce (through step 2), shred the cheese, and separate the eggs up to 4 hours ahead; cover separately and chill. Stir sauce over low heat until hot before proceeding.

Classic Cheese Soufflé






James Carrier
 1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter
 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
 1 1/4 cups milk
 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, pepper jack, or Gruyère cheese (6 oz.)
 6 large eggs, separated
 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Step 1
1

Generously butter a 2-quart soufflé dish or six 1- to 1 1/4-cup soufflé dishes; if using small ones, set them about 2 inches apart in a 10- by 15-inch baking pan.

Step 2
2

In a 2- to 3-quart pan over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter. Add flour and stir until mixture is smooth and bubbling. Stir in milk, cayenne, and salt, and continue stirring until sauce boils and thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3
3

Add cheese and stir until melted. Add egg yolks and stir until the mixture is blended and smooth.

Step 4
4

In a bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat egg whites (use whisk attachment if available) with cream of tartar until short, stiff, moist peaks form. With a flexible spatula, fold a third of the cheese sauce into whites until well blended. Add remaining sauce and gently fold in just until blended.

Step 5
5

Scrape the batter into the prepared soufflé dish (or dishes). If the dish is more than 3/4 full, use foil collar (see "Crowning Glory," below). If desired, draw a circle on the surface of the soufflé batter with the tip of a knife, about 1 inch in from rim, to help an attractive crown form during baking.

Step 6
6

Bake in a 375° regular or convection oven until top is golden to deep brown and cracks look fairly dry, 25 to 30 minutes for large soufflé, 15 to 20 minutes for small ones. Serve immediately, scooping portions from single soufflé with a large spoon.

Step 7
7

Crowning glory

Step 8
8

Soufflés look most impressive when they rise dramatically over the rim of the dish. To create a beautiful crown on your soufflé, fill the dish about 3/4 full. If it's less full, the soufflé may not rise over the rim. If it's more full, the soufflé may spill over unless you wrap the dish with a foil collar. Here's how to make one.

Step 9
9

Cut a 15-inch-wide sheet of foil 4 inches longer than circumference of dish; fold lengthwise in thirds. Coat one side of the foil strip generously with melted butter, using a pastry brush. Wrap the foil around outside of dish so that at least 2 inches of foil extend above the rim. Fold the ends of the buttered foil strip over several times until snug against dish.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 6 main-dish servings


Amount Per Serving
Calories 321Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g39%

Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 274mg92%
Sodium 453mg19%
Total Carbohydrate 7.4g3%

Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
Protein 16g32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.