Author Notes: When I was young, my mother kept her "house money" in a small teapot that sat on a kitchen shelf next to the sink. She planned her food budget from a portion of this, stretching to plan a week's worth of meals to feed the three of us. We were far from poor, but my folks had grown up during the Depression and were "careful". As a little girl, I remember steak as a Saturday night treat, although I liked Sunday suppers of waffles just as much.
My mother used to make her recipe for a cheese soufflé that was easy to prepare and a non-fragile version of the French style. Although it lacks the high crown of a French soufflé, it was a family favorite then as it is now. In those days, one soufflé fed the three of us. These days, portions have grown larger and my husband and I share one between us. - Lizthechef - Lizthechef
Food52 Review: What I love about this recipe is its simplicity, plus the fact that, on any given day, I always have the main ingredients in my fridge: eggs, cheese, milk, bread. Served with a handful of baby greens tossed lightly in a lemon vinaigrette, you have an elegant lunch or dinner in a matter of minutes. I think what makes this soufflé so delicious though is the choice of Gruyère cheese, which adds an extra layer of nutty flavor ... so good. I was a bit terrified by soufflés before trying this recipe, but now I know how easy they can be! - saltandpeppersf - saltandpeppersf
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup grated Gruyére cheese
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- pinches cayenne
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 egg whites
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a food processor, pulse the bread into crumbs.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, scald the milk.
- Add the bread crumbs, grated cheese, butter, salt, pepper and cayenne to the milk.
- Cook, stirring, over low heat until the cheese melts.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the egg yolks.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold into soufflé mixture.
- Pour into a buttered soufflé dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
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