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Gruyère Cheese Soufflé
© Christina Holmes

Gruyère Cheese Soufflé

  • ACTIVE: 25 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

To get the most crust with the cheesiest flavor, Jacques Pépin uses a wide, shallow gratin dish, then creates a lattice on top with thin slices of American cheese. A soufflé ramekin would work too.

  1. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  2. 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  3. 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1 cup cold whole milk
  5. 5 large eggs, separated
  6. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  8. 3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  10. 2 slices of yellow American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease a 1-quart gratin dish with butter and dust with the Parmigiano; refrigerate. In a saucepan, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter over moderate heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk, bring to a boil and cook, whisking, until thickened, 1 minute. Remove the béchamel from the heat, then whisk in 4 egg yolks along with the salt and pepper; reserve the remaining yolk for another use.
  2. In a clean bowl, beat the whites until firm peaks form. Whisk one-third of the whites into the béchamel, then fold in the remaining beaten whites. Fold in the Gruyère and chives; scrape into the prepared dish. Arrange the American cheese strips on top in a crisscross pattern. Bake for 25 minutes, until puffed and golden. Serve.

Suggested Pairing

Toasty, full-bodied Champagne: NV Aubry Brut.

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