Soufflé is considered a very sophisticated dish, yet soufflé recipes are actually quite easy and simple to prepare. Soufflé recipes can be sweet or savory and one of my favorite savory souffle's is a Cheese and Leek Soufflé.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- ½ stick/55g butter + a little for greasing
- 1 medium leek, cleaned, white and green chopped into fine matchsticks
- 2 oz/55g all purpose flour
- 2 tsps Dijon mustard
- ½ pint/300ml milk
- 3 oz/ 75g grated Emmenthal cheese
- 4 large, fresh eggs, yolk and white seperated
- Salt and ground black pepper
- Heat the oven to 395°F/200°C.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the chopped leeks and cook gently until the leeks are soft but not brown.
Stir in the flour and mustard.
Add the milk a little at a time stirring thoroughly to create a thick, glossy sauce. Season with salt and a little pepper.
- Add the egg yolks and beat well with a wooden spoon until completely incorporated.
- Finally add the cheese and stir until all the cheese is melted.
- In a clean bowl beat the egg whites with an electric whisk until stiff and firmly set (about 5 minutes).
- Using a metal spoon, stir 2 tbsp of the egg white into the soufflé base to loosen the mix. Carefully fold in remaining egg whites in two parts. Be very gentle and try to retain as much volume as possible.
- Lightly grease 6 individual ramekin dishes with a little butter. Gently spoon the mixture into the dishes filling to within ½"of the top. Place the ramekins onto a baking sheet and cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the souffles are golden and risen.
- Serve immediately with a green salad and crusty bread. Be quick though, the souffle will sink in a few minutes.