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May 18th is National Cheese Soufflé Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then start your day off with a light breakfast because it's National Cheese Soufflé Day!  You're in for a fluffy treat if you've never had this before!  Let's get right into celebrating National Cheese Soufflé Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

This fancy little dish is so well liked that it was bound to have a holiday set up for it. Sure you can go with a chocolate soufflé or some other sweet flavor but a cheese soufflé can be eaten at anytime without regret. Its unique texture almost makes it feel like you're not eating anything at all.  The word soufflé comes from the French verb souffler which means puff up or to blow up. Which makes a lot of sense when you take your first bite.

You whip up egg whites until they start holding firm peaks, because of the air bubbles, and then you mix it with the flavorful cheese custard. The egg whites hold their foamy texture and, as they bake, they puff up even more!  Cheese soufflé is so fancy that you'll normally want to prepare it in a special dish called a ramekin. This makes it easy to serve up a single portion and look good while you do it. But be sure to serve it up quickly because your soufflé might start to lose its lift as it cools down.  Let's get fluffy!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can always make reservations at a fine dining establishment today and have a professional cook you some cheese soufflé. That way you don't have to risk messing it up and having a deflated, cheese disaster. No one wants a deflated balloon for a meal.

But hey, it's actually not that hard to make this yourself. I mean, even I made it successfully on my first try. So that should tell you something ;). The key is to use a hand mixer on your egg whites and be sure that there's no yolk in there at all. Then just slowly amp up the speed and move the mixer all over the whites until you star seeing a bunch of air bubbles. As you pick up speed, eventually it'll thicken up and the little ripples will start sticking around. That's when you know it's not liquid anymore; it's fluff! And really all you had to do before that is boil a cheese custard for a few minutes beforehand and you're ready for the fluffy eggs.  And don't be afraid to experiment with different cheeses today. There are so many different types of cheeses out there that I'd hate to see you just stick with the basic cheddar or Swiss. Step outside of the norm and make a blue cheese or a pepper jack soufflé if you want! It's all about pleasing your tongue. Go with a mixed blend of cheeses if you really want to throw your tongue for a loop. Hmm, makes me wonder if anyone's made a cream cheese soufflé before...  Have a great day and enjoy the fluff!





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