My Copycat Panera Cheese Soufflé Recipe Won a Contest!
Remember my Copycat Panera Four-Cheese Breakfast Soufflé recipe I posted in May? Well, I was searching the web one day for “how to make a harvest apron” when I found a couple of contests on Instructables. I was also researching SEO and finding ways to generate traffic to my blog. So I figured that I’d join some recipe contests to see if more people visited and rated my recipes. I submitted 2 recipes and I made the winners circle! Both recipes were featured on the site!
The other recipe I submitted was “Not my mother’s stuffed acorn squash.” I submitted it as a dessert and even put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. YUMM! Prior to this past year, I’d never really won anything, so when I saw I was one of the “runners-up” winners of this contest I was super excited. Instructables is an all-ages website, so the contest had entries from children and adults, but I was still excited!
I won an Amazon gift card, which I have used to buy Soy Sauce in cute little dispensers like they have at the restaurants, Pear Infused White Balsalmic Vinegar and what was left went to a new office chair for my day job. That’s right folks, in order to be comfortable and not in pain I had to get my own chair, but it’s so worth it! Office chairs are hella expensive and a coworker suggested I look into gaming chairs. I got this one. It was relatively inexpensive and I put it together with plenty of lunch hour to spare. It’s not a $400 office chair, but it’s better than a $49.99 office chair… and I did I mention the lumbar pillow is a vibrating massage pillow?
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Copycat Panera Four Cheese Breakfast Soufflé
- 4 Eggs Lightly beaten
- ½ tbsp Milk
- 2½ tbsp Parmesan Cheese Grated
- ½ cup Cottage cheese
- ¾ cup Shredded cheese Combine Monterey Jack, cheddar, Asiago, Gouda, or any 2 flavorful kinds of cheese of your choice. I used a combination of Monterey and *Sartori Espresso BellaVitano and they were amazing!
- ⅛ tsp Salt & pepper
- ½ box puff pastry 1 sheet thawed (all butter is the best) follow the microwave instructions on the box to quick thaw if necessary)
- 1 pinch Herbs I used turmeric and chives. Just a pinch of turmeric gives it a rich yellow color. Sometimes I use Za'atar!
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. (*if using paper tart pans preheat the oven according to the package directions.)
- Beat eggs, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized microwaveable bowl. I used my 2 cup Pyrex. (Set aside a tablespoon of egg mixture and add a splash of milk or cream to it to brush on the pastry before baking.)
- Stir the cheeses into your egg mixture until combined. (Add turmeric, chives, or a fresh herb of your choice, if desired.)
- Microwave the egg mixture in thirty-second increments stirring gently to scrape down the sides. When it’s starting to set up enough to where it’s not runny, like a thick pudding, it’s ready to spoon into the pastry and bake. I got this tip to microwave the mixture from eatatourtable.com!
- Roll the puff pastry out until you can cut squares or rectangles to fit your tart pans. If the dough is getting flimsy gently fold it over in parchment and set it in the freezer for a few minutes.
- Line your tart pans or dishes with parchment paper. Add the puff pastry and poke a few holes along the bottom with a fork. If you are using a seasoned cast iron muffin pan don’t line or butter it. I have used oven-safe shallow Fire King or Corningware bowls and a cast iron muffin pan.They don’t have to be perfect, the bottom and sides need to be covered leaving a little puff pastry at the corners to fold over. *Is your puff pastry frozen? Don’t worry, wrap a sheet in a paper towel and microwave in 10-second increments until you can unfold it and roll it out.
- Divide the egg mixture and spoon it into the pastries.
- Gently fold the corners of the pastry over the egg mixture. Don’t worry if it covers a lot of the egg. They will puff and bake up beautifully. Brush the puff pastry with the egg mixture you set aside earlier. This will make the puff pastry that is showing on top nice and brown.
- Bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until the pastry is puffed and browned.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool. Use tongs or spoons to remove the soufflés and set them on cooling racks.
- Top with fresh herbs or grated cheese and serve. They are delicious leftover and reheated, but they are best when served while still warm and crispy!
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This year I also won a signed paperback Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel. I’m so far behind in my TBR list right now, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read it yet! SHHH don’t tell her! She seems super cool and this book has “supernatural evil” so I’m putting it NEXT on the TBR!
Have you won anything recently? I may have to re-title the name of the recipe to “Award Winning” Copycat Panera Four-Cheese Breakfast Soufflé!