National Cheese Souffle Day is on May 18th.
A souffle is a fluffy, baked cake-like dish that starts with a sauce made primarily with egg yolks. Beaten egg whites are used to lighten the mixture along with other items such as cheese and spices to flavor it.2 Souffles can be made as a main or side dish. Souffles can be a savory dish like the cheese souffle, or a sweet dish for dessert, such as a chocolate souffle. Souffles are usually made in a special dish called a souffle pan.3
National Cheese Souffle Day History
The French invented souffles in the late 1700s. A chef named Beauvilliers was making souffles as early as 1782. The first recipes were published in Louis Ude’s The French Cook of 1813. The cookbook offered recipes for various kinds of souffles and touted them as being an economical dish to serve when having company.4 According to the Oxford Companion to Food, cooks had trouble with the souffles collapsing. That was the start of the reputation that souffles have for being a difficult dish to make.4
Souffles....love 'em? Hate 'em? Do you have a favorite recipe?