Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cheese Soufflé and Vampire's Morning Cocktail

It’s Barefoot Bloggers time. Barefoot Bloggers are a community of bloggers that get together twice monthly to make, eat and post about Ina Garten’s recipes. Today’s recipe was chosen by Summer of Sexy Apartment. She has Chosen Blue Cheese Soufflé, which can found in Barefoot in Paris. This was my first soufflé and it was not only easy but also beautiful and delicious. My only advice is to make sure you have ALL the ingredients before you get started. I was reading as I was going and half way in realized I was short one egg white. Thank you to our wonderful friends and neighbors for coming to the rescue.

Here is Ina’s recipe.
I did make a few changes, those will be in red.


· 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the dish
· 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling
· 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
· 1 cup scalded milk
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
· Pinch cayenne pepper Extra pinches
· Thyme
· Pinch nutmeg
· 4 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
· 3 ounces good Roquefort cheese, chopped 1C Bergenost
· 5 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
· 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Butter the inside of an 8-cup souffle dish (7 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 1/4 inches deep) and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in the hot milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, the cayenne, and nutmeg. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, until smooth and thick.
Off the heat, while still hot, whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in the Roquefort and the 1/4 cup of Parmesan and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Put the egg whites, cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, on medium speed for 1 minute, then finally on high speed until they form firm, glossy peaks.
Whisk 1/4 of the egg whites into the cheese sauce to lighten and then fold in the rest. Pour into the souffle dish, then smooth the top. Draw a large circle on top with the spatula to help the souffle rise evenly, and place in the middle of the oven. Turn the temperature down to 375 degrees F. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes (don't peek!) until puffed and brown. Serve immediately.

Vampire’s Morning Cocktail

  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cranberry juice (the straight stuff)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Fill a highball glass half full with a 50/50 mix of orange juice and pineapple juice.
  • Top the glass off with ginger ale.
  • Drip the cranberry juice down into the glass. It’s good for it to drip a bit on the glass for a more bloody effect.


Leslie said...

Wow, your souffle really took off! It looks gorgeous! This was my first souffle and it was painless.

Penny said...

Your souffle is gorgeous! I am loving all of your Halloween treats. Great picture of you and the family - the kids are precious.

BMK said...

Wow, yours is perfect! Mine deflated a few minutes after I took it out of the oven. I love the morning cocktail, looks yummy and scary!

BMK said...

Just realized you and I are both in Texas!

Talita said...

I had mouth water just to see that pic! Love cheese souffle!

George Gaston said...

Your soufflé is spectacular!

And the Vampire Cocktail is the perfect drink to get ones day going. Thanks...

Cheryl said...

That is a beautiful Souffle, and love the cocktail you are so creative!

BMK said...

We are also in DFW.

Barbara said...

I've never tried her blue cheese looks super! Can't thank you enough for doing the testing and adding your own flourishes! :)
Now the vampire cocktail is a hoot! Or should I say a howl???

jessica said...

Yum, I've never made a souffle before, I might try it sometime! The cocktail is so cute, I'll definitely have to try that too!

Lori Lynn said...

Gotta love your neighbors, are you feeding them morning cocktails?

Please let me know if you are going to host a Supper Club. We learned a lot from our first one!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow great soufle I must try one one day and love the drink very cool

figtree said...

I have Inas book and have always wanted to try this you inspired me to do so. Thanks.

Velva said...

Oh man! I keep seeing this blue cheese souffle dish and I am thinking this looks really good. I am quite tempted. I have never made a souffle before but, maybe it's time.

The vampire cocotail would be perfect with vodka. :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

First souffle? It came out great! So nice and puffy and golden. Wish I had a bite!

Love the cocktail!

Camille said...

ooooh! I love cheese and I love souffle. This looks delish. That vampire cocktail is so fun!!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love Ina! I didn't realize that such a group existed. The vampire cocktail is delicious too -- we made something similiar for my son's first birthday. I like the Halloween spin -- great idea!

Juliana said...

Cheese souffle? Looks so fluffy...yummie and like the idea of the vampire cocktail...very funny :-)

Elra said...

Beautiful soufle!

Anonymous said...

oh man cheese soufles are so so so good :D

Debbie said...

The souffle looks terrific and I just love the vampire cocktail....

Shelly W said...

Good grief, Cassie, your souffle turned out absolutely beautiful! Great job! I love your "cocktail",too! You're so darn creative girl :)

Summer said...

Glad you liked the souffle! It looks great and I love the cocktail.