The savory goat cheese souffle recipe is easy and delicious. The word souffle means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”, souffles are an elegant milk and egg based dish that uses beaten egg whites to impart a light, airy texture to a custard base.
Souffles are served hot from the oven, because they lose their puffiness as they start to cool, and will generally fall after 5 or 10 minutes. Sweetened souffles are served as dessert, and savory souffles are served as savory light main dish, or as an accompaniment.
To make a successfully souffle, ensure to beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then carefully fold the custard mix into them.
* Note: The more you stir, the more you are bursting the air bubbles that will give the souffle its lift.
- 1/4 cup butter, plus extra for baking dish
- 3/4 cup goat milk
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. sage
- 1/4 tsp. rosemary
- 1/4 cup flour, plus extra for baking dish
- 6 oz. Chevre goat cheese
- 3/4 tsp. salt (adjust up or down, depending on the saltiness of the goat cheese)
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1/4 tsp. marjoram
- 1/2 tsp. parsley
Separate the eggs, placing the egg whites into a medium-large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl. Prepare the baking dish(es) – either 6 individual ramekins, or a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, by coating with butter and dusting with flour.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Melt the butter in a saucepan, then whisk in the flour, mixing well. Add the goat cheese, milk, salt, pepper and other spices. Continue whisking for several minutes over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and add the egg yolks, stirring well.
Beat the egg whites for several minutes with an electric mixer until peaks stand without falling over. Using a spatula, fold the custard into the egg whites gently, so as not to destroy the lightness of the mixture.
Pour into the baking dish(es), and sprinkle parsley on top. Bake until the top is lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes for ramekins, and 15-20 minutes for a casserole dish. Serve hot.
This savory goat cheese souffle goes well with chicken, turkey and fish main dishes, or as an entree itself with salad or soup.
With just a little attention to these details, you can successfully make your savory souffle for the first time!