Delicious Cheddar Souffles – A Cheesy Treat!

Are you looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free alternative to the classic cheese soufflé? Look no further because I have a recipe for you that not only meets those dietary restrictions but also delivers a delicious and impressive dish – Cheddar Soufflés.

These souffles are made with easy-to-find ingredients and do not require any specialized equipment, making them perfect for home cooks of any level. The combination of sharp cheddar cheese and grated parmesan cheese gives the souffles a rich and savory flavor while the addition of fresh thyme and ground nutmeg adds a hint of earthy sweetness.

This recipe is not only perfect for those with dietary restrictions but also for anyone looking to try a new and exciting spin on a classic dish. Impress your guests at your next brunch or dinner party with these beautiful and flavorful Cheddar Soufflés.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cheddar Souffles (Gluten Free!!)
Cheddar Souffles (Gluten Free!!)

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I can assure you that not all recipes are created equal. However, this gluten-free cheddar soufflé recipe has a special place in my heart, and I’m confident it will have one in yours too! Here’s why.

Firstly, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen tools, you can create a cheesy masterpiece that will impress your family and guests alike. If you’re new to soufflés or baking in general, fear not – this recipe is forgiving even to beginners.

Secondly, this cheddar soufflé is gluten-free and dairy-free – perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions. The use of gluten-free flour and dairy-free butter ensures that everyone at your table can enjoy this cheese soufflé without having to worry about any unwanted side effects.

Thirdly, the taste of this cheddar soufflé is simply divine! The sharp cheddar cheese and grated parmesan blend beautifully with the fresh thyme and ground nutmeg to create a rich and savory umami flavor that will leave you wanting more. And with the light and airy texture of the soufflé itself, every bite is like a fluffy cloud of cheesy goodness exploding in your mouth.

Last but not least, this cheddar soufflé is versatile! You can customize it by adding different herbs or spices to suit your taste preferences, or serve it alongside different sides depending on the occasion. It goes well with everything from salad greens to roasted vegetables or meats.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an easy yet impressive, gluten-free and dairy-free cheesy dish that packs on flavors, then this cheddar souffle recipe is definitely worth trying out. Trust me; it will be love at first taste!

Ingredient List

 Behold, the perfectly risen and beautifully golden cheddar soufflé!
Behold, the perfectly risen and beautifully golden cheddar soufflé!

Gluten free and delicious, this cheddar souffle recipe is an easy make-ahead dish that will impress your guests with its taste and presentation. Here’s a quick guide to the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Butter: divided (2 tablespoons melted and 1 tablespoon softened) plus extra for greasing the ramekins
  • Parmesan cheese: ½ cup finely grated, plus extra for dusting the ramekins
  • Sharp cheddar cheese: 2 cups grated
  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour: ¼ cup
  • Whole milk: 2 cups
  • Fresh thyme: 1 tablespoon chopped leaves
  • Ground nutmeg: ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Eggs: separated into yolks and whites (5 large eggs)

These ingredients make for a gluten-free, keto-friendly dish that can be customized by adding your favorite vegetables or fresh herbs.

The Recipe How-To

 Who wouldn't want to dive into this fluffy yet cheesy delight?
Who wouldn’t want to dive into this fluffy yet cheesy delight?

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list and the reason why this recipe is worth trying, it’s time to move on to the exciting part – making our Cheese Souffles! Here are the step-by-step instructions to create this deliciously cheesy dish.

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

Before anything else, make sure to prepare all the necessary ingredients. Grate 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese with a hand grater or a grating attachment for a food processor. Don’t use pre-grated cheese as it may contain additives that can make your souffles less fluffy. Also, separate four large eggs, whites in one bowl and yolks in another.

Step 2: Making the Bechamel Sauce

In a medium saucepan, melt 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter over low heat. Slowly whisk in 5 tablespoons of gluten-free all-purpose flour until smooth. Whisk continuously until the mixture turns from yellow to pale blond. Then slowly whisk in 2 cups of whole milk and add 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of fresh thyme leaves. Turn the heat up to medium-high and continue whisking until the mixture thickens, about five minutes.

Step 3: Adding Cheese and Egg Yolks

Remove the pan from heat and quickly mix in egg yolks, one by one with a wooden spoon. Add grated cheddar cheese until it’s fully incorporated into the mixture.

Step 4: Whipping Egg Whites

With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat four egg whites until they form fluffy peaks with firm tips. Make sure there is no trace of yolk left in whites; this will prevent them from being whipped properly.

Step 5: Mixing and Baking

Mix the egg whites with sauce, stirring gently with a wooden spoon until the mixture has an even texture. Don’t overmix or your souffles will become dense. Grease eight ramekins (1 1/2 cup ramekins) with butter and sprinkle them with grated Parmesan cheese. Fill each ramekin almost to the top with the mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) degrees, place filled ramekins on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Serve immediately while hot.

Step 6: Optional – Add Spinach or Broccoli

If you want your souffles to be more flavorful and nutrient-rich, you can add chopped spinach or broccoli to the sauce mixture after adding cheese. Before adding chopped ingredients, cook them thoroughly in boiling water for one minute, then rinse under cold running water and drain well.

Making Cheese Souffles may seem like rocket science at first, but if you follow

Substitutions and Variations

 Take a bite of this gluten-free soufflé and you'll forget it's even gluten-free!
Take a bite of this gluten-free soufflé and you’ll forget it’s even gluten-free!

When it comes to cooking, there are endless possibilities for substitutions and variations based on personal preferences or dietary restrictions. Here are a few ideas to customize this gluten-free cheddar souffle recipe:

– For a dairy-free option, substitute the sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese with dairy-free alternatives such as plant-based cheeses or nutritional yeast.

– To make this recipe vegetarian-friendly, simply omit any meat-based ingredients and add some vegetables of your choice such as spinach, broccoli or mushrooms for additional flavor and nutrients.

– For a low-carb version, use buckwheat flour instead of all-purpose flour; it has fewer carbs and is still gluten-free.

– Swap out the sharp cheddar cheese with goat cheese for a tangy twist on this classic cheese souffle recipe.

– Add fresh herbs like chives or thyme to the mixture for an enhanced aroma and taste.

– Make it sweeter and more indulgent by turning this savory recipe into a chocolate souffle – just swap the grated cheese for some cocoa powder and sugar.

The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to tweak the recipe and make it your own. As long as you stick to the basic ratios of eggs, milk, butter and flour in the original recipe, the results will still be deliciously satisfying.

Serving and Pairing

 This soufflé is lighter than air and packed with an intense cheddar flavor.
This soufflé is lighter than air and packed with an intense cheddar flavor.

Once your gluten-free cheddar souffles are delightfully fluffy and golden brown, it’s time to dig in! These savory treats are adaptable enough to be served as a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner option. Talk about versatile!

For breakfast or brunch, pair these cheese soufflés with some fresh fruit or a delicate green salad loaded with spinach and arugula for a refreshing contrast to the richness of the souffle. For a decadent dinner option, serve the soufflés as a side dish with roasted meats like beef or lamb.

These gluten-free cheese soufflés also pair well with roasted vegetables such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or carrots. The nutty flavor of these vegetables adds texture and richness that works well with the cheesy goodness of the soufflé.

If you’re looking for an evening snack to nibble on while watching your favorite movie, consider making mini versions of these soufflés using a muffin tray. They can also make great appetizers for parties when paired with something simple like crackers or chips.

So have fun experimenting with different pairing options and enjoy these gluten-free cheese soufflés anytime for a scrumptious treat that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 If you're a cheese lover, this soufflé is sure to be a new favorite.
If you’re a cheese lover, this soufflé is sure to be a new favorite.

When it comes to soufflés, it’s best to make them fresh and serve them immediately after they come out of the oven. However, if you have leftovers or simply want to prepare your Cheddar Soufflés ahead of time, there are a few things you can do.

To make ahead, you can prepare the soufflé mixture up until the point where you have to fold in the egg whites. Pour the mixture into your prepared ramekins and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking. Keep in mind that the soufflés will not rise as much if they are cold when they go into the oven.

If you have already baked your soufflés, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. During this time, they will lose a bit of their airy texture but still taste delicious.

Reheating your soufflés is quite simple. Heat your oven to 350°F and place your soufflés on a baking sheet. Bake for about 5-7 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat individual servings in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

It’s important to note that reheating soufflés is never going to give you the same perfect and fluffy result as when they’re freshly made. So even though it’s possible to reheat them, it’s always better to enjoy them as soon as possible after baking.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Serve these soufflés for brunch and you'll have everyone impressed with your culinary skills.
Serve these soufflés for brunch and you’ll have everyone impressed with your culinary skills.

When making cheddar souffles, there are a few important tips to keep in mind for perfect results. Here are my top tips:

1. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks: The texture of a souffle heavily depends on the consistency of the egg whites. To achieve the right light and airy texture, make sure to beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. This takes some time, so be patient and keep whipping until you get stiff peaks.

2. Don’t open the oven door: A common mistake people make when baking souffles is opening the oven door to check on them. However, this sudden change in temperature can cause the souffle to sink or collapse. It’s better to trust your timer and avoid opening the oven door until the end of the cooking time.

3. Use high-quality cheese: The flavor of cheddar souffles hinges on the quality of the cheese used. For best results, use sharp cheddar cheese and freshly grated parmesan cheese for added depth of flavor.

4. Grease your ramekins well: It’s crucial to grease your ramekins well when making souffles to prevent them from sticking and potentially ruining your beautiful souffle. Use softened butter and a pastry brush to generously coat each ramekin before filling them with the batter.

5. Let it cool before serving: As tempting as it may be, resist digging into your souffle right after it comes out of the oven. Letting it rest for a few minutes will allow it to firm up and create a more pleasant eating experience.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to master this delicious gluten-free cheddar souffle recipe!


Before we conclude this recipe article, let us talk about the frequently asked questions related to making these Cheddar Souffles. In this section, I will answer some of the most common queries that you may have while preparing this gluten-free, dairy-free cheese souffle recipe. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!

What can I use instead of flour for soufflé?

According to expert Myhrvold, traditional flour can leave behind an unpleasant raw taste if not cooked adequately. To avoid this, it’s better to opt for cornstarch, as it thickens the cream quickly and does not add the undesirable floury taste. Other options like arrowroot or tapioca starch can also do the trick. Additionally, it’s important to consider adding flavor agents to enhance the taste of the dish.

What is the secret to soufflés?

Making a flawless soufflé is a matter of delicate whisking of the egg whites to ensure they don’t lose their height and fluffiness in the oven. It is recommended to use egg whites at room temperature and to allot a serving of one and a half egg whites per individual.

Why are egg whites used in soufflés?

To make our soufflé rise and hold its shape, we will be utilizing the protein-rich egg whites. Initially, we will be using the whisk or beaters to loosen up and expand the tightly coiled protein strands.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these gluten-free cheddar souffles are a real treat for anyone who loves a cheesy and fluffy dish. The recipe is easy to follow, and you can make it your own by adding different herbs or cheeses.

These souffles are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. They can be paired with a side salad or roasted vegetables to create a satisfying meal. Plus, they make a great low-carb option for those watching their carb intake.

Incorporating healthy and organic ingredients into your meal planning is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This recipe is a great way to do just that without compromising on taste.

Now that you have all the information you need to make the best gluten-free cheddar souffles, it’s time to get cooking! Don’t hesitate to experiment with different substitutes or variations to make this dish truly your own. Happy cooking!

Cheddar Souffles (Gluten Free!!)

Cheddar Souffles (Gluten Free!!) Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 428.1 kcal


  • 5 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons butter (divided)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pinches ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use the 2 teaspoons of butter to grease six 6-ounce ramekins. Dust the insides of the ramekins with the parmesan cheese, wiping away any excess from around the rim.
  • In a small saucepan over a medium heat, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter. Add the rice flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the milk and whisk until thick and incorporated, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar cheese, egg yolks, thyme, salt and nutmeg, stirring until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Use a mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold the egg whites into the cheese and milk mixture until just incorporated.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekins, leaving 1/4 inch space at the top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. (When you open the oven to check the souffles, be gentle so as not to shake them.).

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Serving: 190gCalories: 428.1kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 19gFat: 29.6gSaturated Fat: 17.4gCholesterol: 262.7mgSodium: 1231.6mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 4.8g
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