Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter a 3-quart round soufflé or other baking dish.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour until smooth. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in milk and cook until thick and bubbling, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until melted; remove from heat.
In a bowl, stir together egg yolks, salt and 1 tsp. paprika. Whisk in cheese sauce and rice. In another bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff but still glossy. Stir 1/4 of beaten egg whites into rice mixture to lighten, then gently fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon into prepared dish and dust with remaining 1/4 tsp. paprika. Bake until puffy, golden brown and just set in center, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve immediately.
It turned out just the way it was suppose to, and I followed the recipe exactly. My kids, 7 and 3yrs, said it sort of tasted like Mac n' Cheese. It is something I would throw some ham in and serve for breakfast! My husband is the hardest to please- he said it is bland.
Where I live, shopping at Walmart, I paid about $20 for everything ($3.33 per serve) but if you calculate just what you use (can't buy only 3/4 cup of milk) it only cost $3.27. Which is only $0.55 per serving!
I found this dish to be very dry and it came out like a brick. I did use skim milk, which may have removed some of the fat needed to make it moist, but it was so dry, I don't think it was just that. My suggestion would be to start with 3/4 cup of milk and add more until it becomes creamy and slightly fluid. My sauce was like paste.
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