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gruyere souffle

Making a soufflé is actually much easier than you may think. The most important thing to know is to not open the oven door during cooking as this will cause the soufflé to deflate. Once it’s done it will deflate shortly after being exposed to air so its best to eat them right away.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon flour
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup Gruyère cheese, freshly grated
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves removed
1 egg, divided

1. Preheat oven to 375°F and place rack on middle to lower part of oven. Grease a 4-ounce soufflé dish on bottom and all sides with 1 tablespoon of butter. Gently dust with breadcrumbs, shaking out any excess, and place on a baking sheet. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until incorporated. Slowly whisk in milk, making a roux, until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and season with salt and pepper. Stir in nutmeg and thyme. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 egg yolk (discard extra egg yolk or save for later use) and stir to combine. Set aside.
3. In a stainless steel bowl, beat egg white with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into egg yolk mixture. Spoon into prepared soufflé dish, leaving 1/4-inch from top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden brown.

Serves 1.


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