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Cheddar Cheese Soufflé

Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Yield 4 to 6 servings
This French-inspired Cheddar Cheese Soufflé will bake up light and fluffy and can be served for brunch or as a savory side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cook first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until cheese melts. Remove from heat.

  2. Beat egg yolks until thick and pale. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot mixture into egg yolks; stir into remaining hot mixture. Stir in breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper.

  3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into yolk mixture. Spoon into a 1-quart souffle dish.

  4. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until puffed and golden.