To "heighten" the effect of this soufflé, use a 1 1/2-quart soufflé dish, allowing the soufflé to puff for presentation.
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs, divided
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 large shallots, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
6 large eggs, separated
1 cup milk
How to Make It
Brush a 1 1/2- or 2-quart soufflé dish with 2 tablespoons butter; dust with 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallots; cook 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in parsley and next 6 ingredients.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add yolks, beating well. Add garlic mixture; beat well.
Heat milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat until tiny bubbles begin to appear around edges of pan. Gradually whisk about one-fourth of hot milk into yolk mixture; add to remaining hot milk. Cook over medium heat 4 minutes or until thickened and thermometer registers 160°, whisking constantly.
Transfer yolk mixture to a large bowl; gently fold in remaining 2 cups breadcrumbs.
Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; gently fold into yolk mixture.
Pour egg mixture into prepared dish. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve immediately.