Smoked Cheddar Souffle

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 375°F and place a rack in the bottom third. Generously butter a 6-cup souffle dish and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, turning to coat evenly and discarding any excess. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat.
  • Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat. When it foams, add flour and whisk until the raw cereal taste has cooked out, 3-4 minutes. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Remove from heat and whisk in salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks until smooth. Add hot cream sauce, a spoonful at a time, whisking constantly, until about 1/2 cup of sauce has been added. Whisk egg yolks back into sauce until smooth. Add cheese and whisk until melted.
  • In a clean bowl (or the work bowl of a stand mixer), beat egg whites (on medium if using electric beater) until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Increase to high speed and beat until peaks are stiff and glossy but not dry, about 2 minutes.
  • Fold 1/3 of egg whites into cheese sauce until no streaks of white are visible. Add chives and remaining egg whites and fold gently to combine. Pour into prepared souffle dish.
  • Place dish on hot baking sheet. Bake until well-puffed, golden brown, and the center is set (it does not move when gently touched), 35-40 minutes. Serve immediately.
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