Picture tomorrow’s breakfast with our fluffy Panera souffle paired with our BLT breakfast salad and slices of crusty artisan bread. Do you see the mouthwatering combination of light eggs, melted cheeses, colorful vegetables, and slices of soft crusty bread calling you? We’re sure you’ll love having this four-cheese souffle inspired by Panera’s with your breakfast favorites.
What’s in Our Four Cheese Panera Souffle?
The Panera souffle is popular for its creamy cheesy goodness. The vibrant cheddar cheese, the nuttiness of parmesan, the creaminess and stretch of Monterey jack, and the richness of Asiago when combined, make a flavor party in your mouth. Wondering it might be too cheesy for you? No worries, the spinach we’re adding will mellow out the savory cheese flavors in this vegetarian dish.
On top of that, it’s a lot easier to make than a traditional souffle. No need to whip egg whites or give it time to cool in the oven.
Tips for Making Panera Souffle
You’ll realize how easy it is to make a souffle recipe that you thought was intimidating. Making an egg souffle has never been this trouble-free. Nonetheless, we still have some valuable tips for you in making this cheesy souffle:
- Microwave the egg mixture in intervals. This ensures that it doesn’t cook thoroughly. It should still be runny but would be thick enough that the flaps of the dough, when folded over, won’t sink. The eggs should be dense enough to hold the dough afloat.
- Use a toothpick to check doneness. Insert a clean toothpick in the middle of the cheese souffle. If the egg mixture is cooked and fully set, it should come out moist but clean with no traces of thick mixture. But if the mixture is still runny, simply bake it a little longer in increments of 3 minutes and do checks in between.
- If you’re out of any of the cheeses that we used in this recipe, you can replace it with the best melting cheeses like brie, Gruyere, Emmental, Manchego, and bleu cheese.
- Mix-ins may be added to load up your souffle such as crispy bacon bits, chopped chives, and grated garlic. Take note that all mix-ins should be pre-cooked. Avoid adding liquid as this might loosen the consistency of the mixture.
- You can use smaller ramekins to make more souffles. Just remember to adjust (lessen) baking time accordingly.
How To Make Four Cheese Panera Souffle (Copycat)
Upgrade your usual breakfast meals by making this delicious restaurant-quality Panera souffle at home. Enjoy the irresistible taste of parmesan, Asiago, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar cheese combined in this light and airy egg souffle.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the spinach, onion, and red peppers together in a bowl.
Pour in 2 tablespoons of water and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap and microwave for a minute.
In another bowl, beat 4 of the eggs. Add the milk, half-and-half, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and salt.
Mix the ingredients well and then add in the heated vegetables.
Microwave this bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat this process 4 more times.
Using the crescent dinner rolls as dough, divide into 4 rectangles. Use a bit of flour and spread it over the 4 pieces.
Brush the inside of large muffin tins with butter.
Line each tin with the 4 dough pieces. Equally pour the egg mixture into each tin.
Sprinkle the Asiago cheese over the egg mixture in each tin.
Gently fold the dough pieces over top.
In a small bowl, beat the last egg and then brush the whisked mixture on the crust of each souffle.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Your egg soufflés are now ready. Have fun serving them!
Commonly Asked Questions
Can I make cheese soufflé in advance?
Absolutely! First, make sure to give your souffle some time to cool completely. Then wrap each souffle with plastic wrap. Keep them in plastic containers or jars to preserve their shapes. They’ll remain good for up to three days when refrigerated, and a week when frozen. When ready to serve, thaw them until they reach room temperature. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes or until they rise.
What do you eat with cheese souffle?
We recommend pairing our Panera souffle with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, tangerines, and peaches. You might also want to add this apple celery salad to make your meal more filling. And for dessert, try our Panera Chocolate Chip Cookie. Sounds good? We know! It makes a great party food as well. Lay your cookies and souffle on a platter, prepare individual salad cups and you’ve got yourself a fancy little breakfast date.
Level up your breakfast table with this fancy yet easy-to-make savory baked egg dish. It’s ideal for intimate dates, family gatherings, or a simple meal by yourself. Simple yet impressive, this egg souffle will surely not let you down!
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