I'd hardly turn my nose up at a box of luxe chocolates, a bottle of bubbly, or a bouquet of flowers, but what I'm really after this Valentine's Day is something simultaneously comforting and exciting; an ethereal ham and cheese soufflé certainly fits the bill. Full of classic French flavors (think ham and cheese croissant), these individual soufflés would make for a perfect light first course for any meal, but would be particularly at home as part of a Valentine's Day dinner to remember.
To address the elephant in the room, making a soufflé isn't exactly a slap-dash affair, but it's not terribly difficult either, provided you keep in mind a few simple rules. So what are you waiting for? Wow your sweetheart with these delightfully decadent treats.
For a luxe touch, swap out the ham in favor of prosciutto. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the ramekins
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1⁄2 cups whole milk
4 ounces grated sharp white cheddar
1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne
1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
6 eggs, separated
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces finely chopped ham
1-1⁄2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1⁄4 cup finely grated Parmesan
For a luxe touch, swap out the ham in favor of prosciutto.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the ramekins