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.
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:-)
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.