ffwD: Cheese Mini-Souffles

I was eager to make this week’s recipe because I’ve never made souffles before. But, I guess my expectations were too high because I wasn’t wowed by it. It’s my own fault for thinking a mini-souffle would be something more spectacular than a light and airy egg cup. Don’t get me wrong: the dish itself was very tasty. But, it’s a light and airy egg cup. I thought any recipe finicky enough to have people “be quiet” and “walk on tiptoes” by the oven to prevent deflation would produce some grandiose meal event.

Nevertheless, I will make these again and vary the mix-ins. (I think these would taste great with bleu cheese.) I halved the recipe this time around hoping to make enough to fill three mini ramekins. However, I ended up having enough for five! At some point I should try and make the normal-sized version instead of the minis. Maybe then the look of the large, light and airy egg cup will be more impressive to me.

And, my mini souffles did have nice round tops as they were coming out of the oven, but I was so picky during my photographing that my mini souffles began to deflate on me. Oh, well!

To see how others fared with their cheese souffles, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


74 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 06:54:15

    Those look amazing!

  2. Anita Menon
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 06:56:44

    never had a souffle , let alone make one. Seems lovely. thanks for setting my expectations right.

  3. Cher
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 06:56:58

    Yeah, these were good, but left me feeling a little “deflated” as well… If I make souffles again, it will need to be a sweet one!
    Lovely job!

  4. Louanne Bertrand
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 07:23:18

    Looks quite delicious! Perfect light dish for Lent, too, especially as I’ve given up meat.

  5. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 07:40:23

    I was thinking of minis, too, so thanks for the tip about how many, even with halving the recipe. I keep thinking these should be amazing, too, but after reading a few posts, it seems they are solid, good, and tasty, but the wow factor isn’t quite as high as one might expect.

    Hopefully, mine will look as nice as yours!

  6. vianney
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 07:46:25

    they look great!! I think bleu cheese would be a great addition

  7. ceciliag
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 08:07:24

    Morning and WOW. I love the miniature anythings and miniature souffles look just gorgeous. it is years since i made a souffle, time to try again i think! c

  8. mary
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 08:37:54

    I think these look wonderful!! I’ve never been brave enough to make a souffle!
    Mary x

  9. Just A Smidgen
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 08:47:06

    I think they’re gorgeous, cheesy fluffiness.. I’m sorry to hear you were disappointed. I’ve never made a souffle but I hear they do deflate really fast once out of the oven.. so tough to photograph! xo Smidge

  10. Ei
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 09:19:12

    Agreed. For all the hype, I expected it to transform into something more than cheesey eggs. Dessert souffles are fabulous, but I don’t feel like this regular cheese one is worth the energy, when I could make an omelet in two minutes.

  11. thekalechronicles
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 09:20:53

    The mini-souffles look good — nice and brown. I still have never made a souffle: I should have a to-do list of kitchen projects.

  12. Life is Full
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 09:35:07

    I never had one before too although the large ones are impressive looking. Now I know, it’s a light and airy egg cup!

  13. Trix
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 09:50:03

    Sorry you weren’t wowed by it – but it certainly looks good!

  14. amanda
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:01:32

    I have never made them before either, I probably would have had the same expectation! Thanks for adjusting mine for the future. They look delicious, deflated or not!

  15. Liz
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:25:51

    I love the idea of minis…yours look excellent! And I can just picture all the bloggers frantically trying to get the perfect shot as the soufflés quickly deflate 🙂

  16. Kris Barlow
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:38:51

    I’m, glad I added extra flavors to this airy egg cup. And you are right. For this being the “grandest” the “classic” etc it is a let down. And with bland cheese suggestions this dish is just that, bland.

  17. claire
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:58:04

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I am literally drooling…

  18. Food,Photography & France
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:59:17

    Very scrummy indeed – they might happen here this weekend

  19. hkinnaird
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:14:20

    Blue cheese sounds really good right now! I made minis to go with my main souffle – they didn’t “puff” as nicely, but were still delicious.

  20. mireia
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:23:02

    I love cheese so much and this suffle looks incredible!! I’ve never tried baking a suffle but it does look heavenly

  21. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:23:28

    Your souffle looks amazing! I have always been so intimidated to try to make one

  22. Purely.. Kay
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 12:40:23

    I think these cheese souffles are calling my name right now :). You did a great job on these..they look so darn delicious

  23. Three-Cookies
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 14:22:57

    I don’t think I have tried cheese souffle, am curious, even if its a mini version:)

  24. Louise
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 14:37:17

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, Yummy. I’ve never made a souffle in my life and although yours looks mighty tempting, I don’t see me trying any time in the near future:)

    I think your shots are terrific!!! Thanks for sharing…

  25. Kathy
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 14:40:43

    You did a great job on the mini egg cup! They really look quite perfect! Beautifully done! Sorry they didn’t impress!

  26. TrafficDiva
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 14:41:51

    Hey Yummy…how about a breakfast souffles…with cheese, sausage (?), and chives!?!? I’d lick these off the plate in no time!! =) Looks….YUMMY!!!!

  27. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 15:03:38

    These are really golden and luscious looking. I think chocolate souffles wow me more than other souffles if you must know the truth. But a cheese souffle, I have not tried and yours is perfection.

  28. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 17:16:24

    I’ve never made a souffle before, I’m too intimidated! I love anything cheesy though (and mini) so I think I would really like your version 🙂

  29. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 18:18:05

    at least you have made them he he I haven’t have a fab weekend

  30. nana
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 18:25:36

    Hubby and I loved this recipe. Very simple to make, and a little scary to
    watch in the oven. Never even tasted one before, let alone make one, but will
    definitely do this again.

  31. Marie
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 18:30:58

    Your little souffles look so absolutely beautiful that I was sad to hear that you weren’t in love with them–but you should at least be in love with the pictures!

  32. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 18:54:03

    Cute little souffles!

  33. andi
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 19:43:08

    I think they look pretty good. Have never made but I should try something like this at somepoint in my cookery adventures. Have a great weekend Ms. Yummy. Your picture is very nice andi

  34. rondamkisner
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 22:25:17

    I love me some souffle! I will try this recipe one day. The one I use comes from the book The Good Egg by Marie Simmons. I do not recall anything about tiptoeing in her book…

  35. Ms Jelena
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 23:33:48

    Oh YUMMM!!!! THey look divine!!!

  36. oneexpatslife
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 04:02:08

    They look awfully cute, sorry that they didn’t meet expectations. I love eggs and cheese so I guess that it is easy for me to like this one, but I agree that it does get a bit overhyped.

  37. hotlyspiced
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 05:34:28

    I think a cheese souffle is my favourite savoury souffle. Shame you were disappointed but I think it’s one of those things that you have to make over and over again adjusting and tasting and trialing etc. xx

  38. Cakelaw
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 06:05:04

    I am with you – these look great but are no better than scrambled eggs (IMHO).

  39. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 06:41:18

    oh these are too cute and look deeeelicious!

  40. Pari
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 09:00:31

    have never tried them but it does sound interesting.
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  41. Helene (@MasalaHerb)
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 09:55:06

    I have honestly never made a souffle, I surely liked to. My mum is good in baking souffles, she realy should teach me her recipe. Wish I could have souffle now looking at yours, its so yumm.

  42. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 10:06:14

    Yes, I think you would be happier in you had made a full-on soufflé. it just makes a rather dramatic presentation. And, i’m going to go to the work of a soufflé, I want drama and all the bang for my buck I can get! Like you, I was fussy about taking good pictures throughout the process and stressed about taking pictures throughout the process! Sometimes stresses are fun, huh? Nice Post, really. Mary Hirsch

  43. Elaine
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 11:29:57

    I’m sorry these didn’t live up to your expectation, but I think that happens so often when we hear so much about something before we experience it. I know it happens to me. They look really good to me. I have been sick this week, so I can’t make it, but I do want to try this recipe soon.

  44. heathersbytes
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 15:48:43

    I hate it when something doesn’t live up to your expectations! They do look great though, and now you get to play with the base recipe (sometimes the best part!) 😀

  45. Yudith
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 19:06:22

    Ooohh, they look delicious! Sorry that these didn’t live up to your expectations 😦

  46. Laurie Lessner
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 22:16:44

    love the mini-cups!

  47. Norma Chang
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 07:24:35

    Your mini souffle looks lovely, souffle will deflate but that’s is part of the fun watching it change its appearance after coming out of the oven.

  48. Lisa Nocera (@LisaNutrition)
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 08:12:55

    I’m bookmarking this recipe! Reminds me of Panera breads souffle’s, which my hubby loves! 🙂

  49. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 08:40:39

    I’m SO jealous of your souffles!

  50. Parsley Sage
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 09:11:45

    Well done! This is one of those dishes I usually stay away from for the ‘fear factor.’ I’ve always wanted to try them though…love the sound of one with blue cheese…mmmmm 🙂

  51. Ameena
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:16:15

    I’ve never had a cheese souffle before…MasterChef taught me that they are difficult to make! These look impressive.

  52. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:19:35

    I’ve never made souffle but I really must try soon as I am so crazy about egg and cheese dishes I’m sure I’ll be making them all the time once I’ve cracked it!

    I don’t think they do stay puffed up that long, hence the impossibility of making them ahead of time, so I wouldn’t feel too bad they sank whilst you were photographing them!

  53. Trevor Sis Boom
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 11:22:56

    Blue cheese is lovely mixed in. My secret, which I skipped this time, is a small half or full teaspoon of dried mustard. Really kicks in the cheesy flavor. Oh, dry leeks too. Ok, now I want to make another one.

  54. Audrey Allure
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 11:41:20

    Those look so yummy!

  55. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 12:01:31

    These look so good — and I bet you are right about the bleu cheese! Yum.

  56. spicegirlfla
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 12:38:44

    You did a fabulous job on your first souffles! I think they all drop a bit after pulling them out of the oven regardless of all your tip toeing around!!

  57. Anna @ the shady pine
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 15:01:24

    Oh my but these souffles look appetising….it’s all in the fluffy light taste…delicious!

  58. filingawaycupcakes
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 16:08:49

    These look gorgeous! Don’t be disheartened. Souffles tend to look like this, especially the cheese ones. I can really only get the fruit ones to look right.

  59. jora
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 16:15:52

    Sorry these didn’t live up to your expectations, but glad to hear that you still enjoyed them. Your photos look great – I really like the yellow platter.

  60. chayathecomfycook@yahoo.com
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 16:20:27

    I have found souffles to be risky but years ago, I made them all the time. Now, I don’t have the patience for them. They do taste good, no matter the condition.

    I am sorry, you weren’t completely pleased.

  61. Jana
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:07:53

    Me encanta 😀
    Un besito linda!

  62. sally
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:08:52

    I’ve been somewhat disappointed by my attempts to make souffles. Mine always seem to deflate too.

  63. Dolly
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:30:43

    OMG amazing.. i always wanted to try making souffles…

    mmhhh cheese.. that looks delactable!

  64. betsy
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:44:55

    So sorry you were disappointed in the result. I rather liked them. I’m liking the look of the minis more than a big one. Nice job.

  65. kyleen
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 23:04:41

    I felt the same way about these herb and cheese popovers I made a couple months ago. I mean, they totally popped up, but then they deflated. This little cheese souffle looks delicious though!

  66. thu
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 23:05:22

    Oh man souffles, those look heavenly!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  67. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 01:50:46

    Well, this looks really delicious and in fact perfect looking to me! I love the top… I want to dig in. I’ve been wanting to make souffles for a long time but never had a chance yet. I’m inspired now. 🙂

  68. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 04:42:13

    These souffles are so adorably beautiful 😀
    And cheese = heaven!

    Choc Chip Uru

  69. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 05:09:03

    The souffle looks perfect! cheesy goodness is something I can never say no to.

  70. Chris and Amy
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 09:30:04

    Love your idea of “mix-ins.” And yours sure do look pretty!

  71. Deepti
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:20:09

    This looks awesomely delicious! love it.

  72. Inger Wilkerson
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 18:28:53

    From your description I guess it looks better than it tastes–does look tasty. Years ago my siblings and I made a crab souffle that was amazing and since then have done some rather nice chocolate souffles. Don’t give up!

  73. April Harris (@apriljharris)
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 09:42:50

    Your soufflés still look tasty – it’s really hard to photograph them before they start to deflate – you need several extra hands! I honestly prefer sweet soufflés to savoury ones, but yours look delicious 🙂

  74. Alice
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 11:51:16

    lol, that happened to me when i took pictures of my lemon souffles about a year ago 🙂 and everyone had to eat them deflated since I took so long about it! oh well, we both know they turned out great to start with, so thats all that matters! I cant count the number of times i halved a recipe only to wind up with way more than i expected.

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