I’m always looking for different lunch ideas, and I was watching Jacques Pépin on You Tube make this recipe. 💡
I had some fresh Chives in the vegetable bin of the `fridge that I know desperately needed to get used up before it went south on me. I also had a brick of Cream Cheese … let’s get cookin’ !!!
Cream Cheese And Chives Soufflé Ala Jacques Pépin
1 Tbsp. Butter, softened
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan Cheese
8 oz whipped Cream Cheese (spreadable cream cheese works too), softened
1 Egg, beaten
3 Tbsp. freshly chopped Chives
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Whisk the Egg into the Cream Cheese very well
Stir in Salt, Pepper, and Chives
Butter the insides of two 1 cup ramekins
Coat the Buttered ramekins well with the grated Parm, pressing it into the Butter, all around-bottom and sides
Spoon the Cream Cheese mixture into the ramekins
Put the ramekins on a foil lined sheet pan
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the Cream Cheese mixture is set and browned a bit on top
Serve in the ramekins. It will deflate a bit as it cools; they can be served unmolded
This was an absolutely lovely lunch that I served with a small Green Salad, topped with some of my homemade Three Bean Salad. I liked the textural difference of the soft Soufflé and the Parmesan crust on the outside. I think the only thing that was missing was a nice glass of dry White Wine. 😉
*Cook’s note: If you can’t find whipped or spreadable Cream Cheese, you can always use just a regular block Cream Cheese and whip it well before starting this recipe, that’s what I did.
Also, try one of the Cream Cheeses that already has goodies added to it. I saw a Garlic & Herb, Garden Vegetable, or add-in what you have on hand, Dill, Green Onions … the sky’s the limit.
Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.
Cook for your friends and family!
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