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Cheese & Chive Soufflés

Cheese & Chive Soufflés
These savory soufflés make an impressive presentation. Serve them as soon as they are removed from the oven so they wont deflate. Accompany with buttered toast for a simple yet elegant brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup finely grated
      Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs. dry vermouth
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh chives
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Gruyère cheese

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 375ºF. Butter four 4-oz. ramekins with 1/2 Tbs. of the butter and sprinkle with 2 Tbs. of the Parmigiano-Reggiano.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 2 Tbs. of the butter. Add the flour, cayenne and nutmeg and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk and vermouth, whisking until smooth and thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in the egg yolks, salt, black pepper, chives, Gruyère and the 1D3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pour into a bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the soufflé base in three additions.

Meanwhile, fill a breakfast pan two-thirds full with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Using half of the batter, fill the ramekins to the top and sprinkle with 2 Tbs. of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Place the ramekins in the breakfast pan. Transfer to the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a soufflé comes out clean, about 17 minutes.

Remove the soufflés from the ramekins and place on individual plates. Serve immediately. Let the ramekins cool, then repeat with the remaining batter. Serves 4.
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