I love a souffle'. Its the perfect flavor delivery device. Add cheese, especially a smoked cheese or similar rich flavored fermented dairy product and I'm in heaven. Heaven I tell you.
This is stupid easy to make. Simple steps. Simply Divine treat at the start of the day or at dinner with a salad when you are home alone.
Souffle' for 1
- 2 egg whites
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 T butter
- 1 T flour
- 1/3 c milk
- 1/8 t thyme
- pinch salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup firm cheese like smoked Gouda, Gruyere or Stilton
- butter for coating ramekin
- 1 T grated Parmesan
Pre heat oven to 425F.
Coat inside of ramekin to the top edge of rim with butter. Dust inside with Parmesan cheese.
In a small sauce pan melt butter. Add flour and cook 1 minute whisking until smooth. Add thyme, salt and cayenne pepper, whisk to combine. Add milk and over low heat whisk until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat.
Add cream of tartar and egg whites to a small bowl. (copper bowls get greatest volume from egg whites). Beat on high until soft peaks form....2-3 minutes,
Add egg yolk to milk mixture. Whisk until smooth.
Add 1/3 of the egg white to the yolk mixture. Whisk to combine. Pour this over remaining whites. Sprinkle your 1/3 c cheese over the whites and gently fold to combine. Some whites may remain...that's OK you just want to fold lightly to combine.
Put ramekin on a small sheet tray. Pour souffle' mixture into ramekin. Place in preheated oven. Bake 5 minutes then reduce heat to 375F, Bake additional 13-14 minutes. Serve hot.
This is what happens when you don't butter the entire ramekin including the rim...a dry spot that causes it to stick on one side and rise lopsided. My bad.