Simple Cheese Soufflé

By • May 13, 2011 • 23 Comments



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! - saltandpeppersfsaltandpeppersf

Serves 2

  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse the bread into crumbs.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, scald the milk.
  4. Add the bread crumbs, grated cheese, butter, salt, pepper and cayenne to the milk.
  5. Cook, stirring, over low heat until the cheese melts.
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in the egg yolks.
  7. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold into soufflé mixture.
  8. Pour into a buttered soufflé dish.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.

Tags: cheese, dinner for two, savory, winter

Comments (23) Questions (1)

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almost 3 years ago JillR

This looks delicious. Could you please tell me how I can make it for me people? I'm entertaining this weekend and would love to serve it to a crowd. Thanks so much!

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almost 3 years ago JillR

I meant "make it for more people." Thanks!!

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almost 3 years ago Lizthechef

I would use an additional soufflé dish and make an entirely separate and extra soufflé.

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about 3 years ago saltandpeppersf

can i call dibs on this recipe? think it would be delicious with a green salad on the side... yum!

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about 3 years ago saltandpeppersf

congrats on being an editor's pick!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Hey, just home from vacation in NYC - thank you so much for your EP!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

And Liz, I'm definitely looking for this to be a finalist.....:-) Perfect dish!

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

Still in Sicily and loving it! Next to Lucca and then to the French open.

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Mary, I definitely want to hook up with you when you get back. We're heading to southern Italy on vacation next year and I'm looking for ideas. Someone else I know just got back from Sicilia last week and really loved it!! Have wonderful travels!!!

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

Liz, I think this the best recipe! It is a perfect example of how a recipe doesn't have to sound cheap...this is inexpensive and very elegant.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Mare, awaiting your recipes from Sicily! Welcome home...

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Love it! I never would have thought of souffle as a cheap dinner, but it totally can be. Such a very, very delicious way to eat cheaply!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

I'm pretty sure my mother used inexpensive cheese too...

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about 3 years ago livetoeat10

Oh gosh ! I just love your recipes , I happened to stumble upon the spinach gratin recipe last week and made it over the weekend , it was DIVIIIIIIIIIIINE! I love souffles but am so scared to try them. This one seems simple and I'm definitely going to try this one too.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much - and this is a snap to make - honest.

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about 3 years ago wssmom

I love this! Spare, but elegant! Frugal without being cheap! Yay! :)

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much - yes, frugal indeed.

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love any kind of souffle, but especially cheese souffles. This looks like a perfect lunch or dinner with a salad to me. Saved this to make really soon!! And I love the photo - great job, Liz!!!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Mine in this shot actually rose higher - don't answer the phone when you take a soufflé out of the oven! Thanks, CS ;)

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Simply lovely!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, this is a "regular" at our house after, wow, too many years.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Elizabeth, it is such a simple recipe but we always had eggs and cheese in the fridge, and so inexpensive...Even now, I have made this with a salad and great bread for lunch with friends.

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about 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

Love love love souffle. My mom remembers her mom making it for her when she would come home from lunch. My gramma always said, "You always seem to have eggs and milk in the fridge. Why not?" You recipe sounds great.