Leek and Emmental Hot Cheese Soufflé

Delicious light and fluffy soufflés, ideal for a starter or light lunch served with a mixed salad.

Serves 6 individual soufflés or 1 large souffle
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 15 – 20 minutes for individual, 40 minutes for large soufflé

1 Medium leek, trimmed and cut into matchstick size pieces
50g/ 2oz Butter
40g/1 1⁄2 oz Plain flour
1 x 5ml tsp Dijon mustard
300ml/ 1⁄2 pt Milk Light sprinkling Sea salt and ground black pepper
75g/ 3oz Emmental cheese, grated
4 Large egg yolks 5 Large egg whites

Lightly sauté the leeks in the butter until softened but not browned. Stir in the flour and mustard.

Gradually pour in the milk stirring constantly until the mixture has thickened. Season well and add cheese. Beat egg yolks into mix using a wooden spoon.

At this point the mixture can be placed in a covered bowl and chilled until required.

When ready to cook beat whisk egg whites in a large bowl using an electric whisk until the bowl can be inverted without the mixture falling out. Stir in a couple of spoonfuls of the egg white into the soufflé mix using a metal spoon to loosen the mix. Carefully fold in remainder  to retain as much volume as possible.

Lightly grease 6 individual ramekin dishes or 1 large soufflé dish with butter. Spoon soufflé mixture into the dishes. Rest on a baking sheet.

Cook until the soufflé is risen above the dish rim and is golden and fluffy.

Serve immediately before it sinks before your eyes!

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