Before I met my husband, I had never experienced the deliciousness of a cheese soufflé. My father-in-law rectified that situation quickly. It has been over 20 years and I have tasted many cheese souffles, but his was the best, hands down.
These flaky French puffed pastries can be enjoyed at just about any time of day. Serve with berries for a breakfast treat, or with a salad (or a pitcher of spicy bloody mary cocktails) for a light afternoon brunch or luncheon. Although Gruyere is the traditional cheese of choice, you can experiment with your favorite cheese, or even a blend of cheeses.
When I was pregnant, I craved cheese. Since my father-in-law and I were both home alone (or with a toddler) in the afternoons, I could expect an invitation to come over for lunch at least once or twice a week. If there was nothing else on the menu for the day, I would request a soufflé and he would whip one up for me. Looking back, he really did spoil me.
These tasty treats have surpassed all other dishes to become my ultimate comfort food. You should give it a try the next time you are looking to prepare something warm and savory.
Make in ramekins for personal servings, or in a dedicated soufflé dish.
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