Cheese is one of life’s greatest savory pleasures. Most of us are happy just eating it on a cracker, but the options for enjoying this food are limitless: Its adaptability is part of what makes it so popular among casual eaters and professional chefs alike.
We all know the stuff tastes delicious in and of itself, but baking it opens up new worlds of melty deliciousness. Expand your cheese horizons by trying on of these five cheesy recipes in your kitchen. You may never look at cheese in the same way!
1. Best-Ever Cheese Soufflé
This savory cheese soufflé from Food & Wine is a favorite of New York chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli, who loves it for its old supper club feel. This soufflé makes for a creamy dinnertime treat that will blow your diners away. The recipe takes about an hour to complete and yields six servings.
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1¼ cups heavy cream
- 4 large eggs, separated, plus 3 large egg whites
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (2 packed cups)
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 1½-quart soufflé dish and coat it with 2 tablespoons of the Parmigiano. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the cream and bring to a boil over moderate heat, whisking. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking, until very thick, 3 minutes. Transfer the base to a large bowl; let cool. Stir in the egg yolks, sherry, Gruyère, sour cream, salt, Dijon mustard, dry mustard, cayenne, and the remaining ¼ cup of Parmigiano.
Put the 7 egg whites in a large stainless steel bowl. Add the cream of tartar. Using an electric mixer, beat the whites until firm peaks form. Fold one-third of the whites into the soufflé base to lighten it, then fold in the remaining whites until no streaks remain.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared dish. Run your thumb around the inside rim of the dish to wipe away any crumbs. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the soufflé is golden brown and puffed. Serve right away.