You won’t see the cream cheese in this simple soufflé, but you’ll certainly taste its rich flavor.
In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a large bowl. Add the leeks to the skillet, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the leeks to the bacon and stir in the thyme and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper.
Gently warm the milk in the skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in the cream cheese and Asiago and whisk until melted and combined. Add the milk mixture to the leeks and bacon and stir to combine and cool slightly. Gently mix in the egg yolks; set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric hand mixer on high speed to medium-stiff peaks. With a large spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the leek and bacon mixture.
Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and bake until puffed and golden-brown on top, 22 to 24 minutes. Serve immediately—the soufflé will deflate as it cools.
Serve this with a green salad for brunch.
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This is the first time I've ever made a souffle, and it turned out great. My baking dish was 7 x 6 1/2", and I ended up putting the extra mixture in 3 small ramekins. I baked it for 25 minutes at 325F, until they were nicely browned. The texture was amazing - light and fluffly. Interestingly, the texture of the souffles from the ramekins wasn't as fluffly as the larger baking dish. Perhaps they should have come out of the oven sooner. We loved the flavor combination of the leeks, bacon and 2 cheeses. It's a winner, and I can only hope that future attempts are successful.
As with the other reviewers, this recipe took much longer then the time listed in the recipe. It was more along the lines of 40 minutes at 325. Once it was baked it was fabulous. We will make it again and will try a different temperature.
I made this for my husband and me - we LOVED it! I halved the recipe and baked it in a round 6" souffle dish. It took a little longer than 22 minutes, but I baked it until it was "puffed and golden-brown" as the recipe states. It was light, fluffy, and wonderful. A definite repeater!
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