" Beverly Hills Cop II" Stinking Rich Blue Cheese Souffle

Get back in action on a full stomach!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped, toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pound aged blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • parchment paper
  • butcher?s twine
  • 4 eight-ounce ramekins or individual souffle cups

Directions:
1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400F. Mix half of the walnuts and Parmesan in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Butter the souffle dishes and coat insides of the dishes with the parmesan-walnut mixture. Wrap each dish with a collar of parchment extending at least 3" above the ramekin tops and tie with twine.

3. Combine milk, nutmeg, and pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. While the milk heats, combine butter and flour in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes without browning; remove from heat.

4. Pour the hot milk all at once into the flour mixture and whisk rapidly until no lumps remain. Return to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.

5. Remove from heat. Cool a minute; then stir in the egg yolks and cheese.

6. Beat egg whites, lemon juice, cream of tartar and a pinch of salt in a large bowl just until soft peaks begin to form. Don't over beat.

7. Add 1/4 of whites into cheese mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Carefully fold in remaining whites without deflating and divide among the prepared souffle cups. Top with the remaining Parmesan and walnuts.

8. Bake 15-20 minutes until puffy and golden brown. The center will still be somewhat jiggly. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 individual souffles



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