muenster cheese souffle

I am slowly getting more comfortable with souffles. S-L-O-W-l-y! I keep my expectations low and each one feels like a major victory.

But this week Dorie decided to test my souffle confidence with a hunk of smelly cheese. If you have never encountered French muenster before, let me just say that it is not one of those cheeses which you tuck away in a corner of the fridge and then promptly forget. No, every time you open that fridge door, sniff, there it is. Yep, it’s a smelly one. But in comparison to the pungent smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. At least it is if you remove the orange skin, which is what Dorie suggests for this souffle recipe. I purposely bought a little extra and munched on it as I was getting the souffles together.

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Aside from the smelly cheese, the rest of the recipe was pretty standard and came together without too much drama. And into the oven, that’s where the drama is, and so that’s where I decided to take my first picture, so that I was sure to have at least one in which you could see that 1 of my 5 souffles rose perfectly! I’m so proud. See what I mean about keeping your expectations low:-)

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I served the souffles with Dorie’s recommended fresh salad. It took seconds to throw together and was simply seasoned with cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. That’s what I love about Dorie. This little side note was a worthy recipe in and of itself. So simple, but but a delicious combination that I never would have thought of on my own.

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19 Responses to muenster cheese souffle

  1. Susan says:

    You should be totally comfortable with souffles – yours look perfect! I love your description of the cheese – I used the American variety which, as you know, is very mild.

  2. Wow yours ROSE and STAYED PUFFY! They are perfect!

  3. Liz says:

    Whoa, you got a magnificent rise!!! And I am now a fan of French Muenster…which I didn’t even know existed till this week 🙂

  4. Nana says:

    So very perfect and beautiful. I, too, went with the american version, but I am definitely going
    to look for French muenster and try this again. We loved it.

  5. Emily says:

    AWESOME height!

  6. I reiterate, “WOW”! Yours really rose beautifully! I couldn’t find french muenster by me, but have just ordered some online. I really wanted to give it a try! I used sharp cheddar, and they were scrumptious! Have a great weekend!

  7. I can’t believe how high one of yours rose. My cheese shop had never heard of French Mueunster her reaction was, “isn’t that German?” I’m not sure a super smelly cheese would have gone over well with the kids. I guess the comte I used was fine.

  8. teaandscones says:

    Now that you MASTERED souffle…. They look just perfect!!

  9. Now THOSE are perfect and what they should be! i’m jealous! Great work!

  10. Cakelaw says:

    Yay – all of your souffles rose and they look amazing!

  11. Teresa says:

    Your soufflés look perfect! And they sound delicious, especially with that salad.

  12. Those are impressive, Rose! You get Dorista of the week in my book for those beauties. 🙂

  13. Cher says:

    That is impressive! Its nice that you were able to get the shot of it in its full glory!

  14. Rose, your cheese soufflés look fabulous – took me a while to find the Munster cheese and I am a day late but I also enjoyed this recipe very much!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. dulceshome says:

    Your souffles look absolutely perfect! I wish I’d made the salad, looks so yummy.
    I wasn’t able to find any “authentic” cheese, but it was still tasty!

  16. betsy says:

    I love your photos IN THE OVEN. So wonderfully puffed! You’re right about the smell and flavor of the munster being completely different. Sadly I couldn’t taste the cheese in my souffles. I wonder if I might prefer this cheese with rind for snacking instead.

  17. Tricia says:

    I also love the shot of the souffles in the oven – great idea !! I was stressing about having the camera ready to go after I found out how quickly they deflate 🙂 Yours look amazing. And you had me chuckling about the smelly cheese not being forgotten about. Yes, I still have a bit of aroma in my ice cooler from the trip. Speaking of which, so sorry to have missed you in Vermont and we will definitely try again when you visit and if you have some free time from all the visiting with family and site seeing. I had read your post about being there and knew there was a huge chance you would never see my comments before you landed home again – so no worries at all. Just glad that you traveled safely and it was so fun to know you were so close. 🙂

  18. Amy says:

    Wowie wow wow!!! The puff!! Spectacular. 🙂

  19. jora says:

    They’re all beautiful – but that one is spectacular. I really enjoyed the salad too. It was so quick, and a great combination of flavors that I wouldn’t have thought to combine.

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