This week, the Barefoot Bloggers are making Ina's blue cheese souffle, chosen by Summer of Sexy Apartment, and I owe her big time. This was my first time making a souffle. I messed it up every way I could, and it still turned out great:
1. I substituted gruyere for the blue cheese, adding about 1/3 more gruyere than the recipe called for.
2. I used 1% milk instead of whole milk.
3. I used pre-grated parmesan from Trader Joe's.
4. When I separated my eggs, a whisper of yolk got in the egg whites. They still whipped up fine.
5. I used large eggs instead of extra large, and used all the yolks and whites.
6. My attempt to draw a circle around the edge before baking was unsuccessful, but it still rose and the cracking didn't bother me.
I've heard before that souffles are not difficult, but I never believed it. Now that I've made Ina's, I'm a believer. The best part was the toasty crust, but it was all good. This was even terrific for breakfast the next day (the crust was less crusty, but no less delicious).
If you'd like to conquer your fear of souffles, you'll find the recipe here. Many thanks to Summer for picking this recipe, and to the commenters on the Musings on Barefoot Bloggers who suggested gruyere for those of us who weren't feeling the blue cheese.
I always love the irony of Barefoot Bloggers posting on the same day as Craving Ellie in My Belly. I've never seen Ellie Krieger unwrap four sticks of butter on any of her shows. This week, Marthe of Culinary Delights chose our recipe, Easy Chicken Mushroom Quesadillas. This recipe came together so quickly, and the filling for the quesadillas was delicious. This was a fast and delicious weeknight meal. I only wish I'd had some guacamole to go along with it!
If you'd like to give these a try, you'll find the recipe here. Thanks, Marthe, for such a super pick!