You can have a cheese soufflé with a light and simple green salad, roasted veggies, some crusty bread or even mashed potatoes for a more filling and heartier meal.
Cheese souffle is a wonderful dish I love to have whenever I’m in the mood for elegant comfort food. It’s savory, light and somewhat eggy dish that’s great to have all year round.
A cheese souffle can be had on its own, but I usually like to try it out with one or two sides to make my meal even more hearty. Have a look at some of the best ideas on what to serve with the classic French dish, a cheese soufflé.
What to serve with cheese souffle
Pairing a light salad with soufflé dishes is a refreshing way to balance the richness of any souffle and a cheese souffle is no different.
And, since green leafy veggies are super healthy, you’ll be getting so many benefits by using them to make a salad as your side.
A green salad and a cheese souffle is, in my opinion, probably one of the best food combos out there. I love having some cheese souffle with a side of arugula salad and crushed walnuts tossed in a tangy vinaigrette and topped with grated cheese or even a frisée salad but you can make just about any green salad you please.
Go ahead and experiment with different greens and vinaigrettes to find what you like most!
- Roasted vegetables
If you’d like something more elaborate and hearty than a salad, you should definitely opt for roasted vegetables. They’re the perfect side dish for a cheese souffle if you’re looking to have a completely filling meal, plus, they taste pretty darn good too.
Imagine pairing that deliciously creamy and rich soufflé with sweet and spicy roasted carrots, some nutty Brussels sprouts or even earthy mushrooms. Yum!
Toss your favourite veggies with some melted unsalted butter, salt and pepper and throw them on a baking tray. Let them roast in an oven till they’re lightly charred, take them out and serve with your souffle.
- Grilled asparagus
Nothing can ever beat the umami taste of some grilled asparagus. Pair it with some soufflé and you’ve got a meal for the ages and a side dish to remember.
Just lightly coat the asparagus in some olive oil and add a dash of salt with some pepper (if you please) and throw it over a grill until they’re lightly charred and tender.
Serve them with a sprinkle of some grated parmesan cheese and you’re good to go!
- Crusty bread
Sometimes, the simpler things in life are all we need to make the most out of it and that’s especially true in this case. Some bread as a side to soufflé is pretty much all you need for a filling a nice meal.
It’s perfect for soaking up that tasty cheese sauce made of heavy cream, mustard sauce, sour cream and egg whites, and its subtle flavor also pairs really well with the cheese mixture.
You can decide to have some French bread but I usually have one with some toast with your cheese soufflé.
- Mashed potatoes
Just like roasted veggies, mashed potatoes are another solid and hearty side dish for some cheese soufflé. I love how its creamy texture complements the light and airy texture of the soufflé.
Mash your potatoes with spices like some cloves of oven-roasted garlic, a pinch of salt, black pepper and some olive oil.
If you’re looking for something unique, consider taking your soufflé side to the next level by using scalloped potatoes instead.
If you’re one for elegance and healthy food, serving cheese soufflé with a side of ratatouille is a wonderful way you can hit the nail on the head in that regard. It’s a traditional French vegetable stew that pairs well with cheese soufflé.
That rich combo of eggplants, zucchini and tomato adds a unique burst of flavor and texture to the side, plus, I can’t deny that it looks really good too.
- Sauteed veggies
if throwing veggies on a grill sounds like too much of a hassle and baking them isn’t an option, having them lightly sauteed is another solid choice.
All you’ll need is some oil or butter, a skillet, some spices and your favorite veggies chopped into bite-sized pieces to make a side for your souffle you’ll be sure to enjoy.
I love garlicky sauteed bell peppers with cauliflower florets and some squash, sprinkled with grated cheddar cheese but you can use just about any veggies you like or have handy with your favorite cheeses.
A baguette is by far one of the of best side dishes for cheese soufflé and for good reason. They require zero prep time (if you’re buying one) and are super easy to get.
I like cutting my baguettes into medium-sized slices and placing them in a pan lightly coated with some vegetable oil and a sprinkle of Kosher salt on moderate heat to give it a bit of a sear before serving it with my cheese soufflé but you can have it plain.
You could also have cheese soufflé as an accompaniment to a charcuterie board!
Soufflés should be served straight from the oven with a nice accompaniment if you please. Any of the options I offered you above would do just fine.
Savoury Soufflés are usually served as the main dish most times. You can choose to pair it with a side or have it as it is.
Soufflés can keep fresh in a fridge for up to a whole day, If you’d want to preserve your dish or much longer, you’re going to have to pop it in the freezer instead.
Soufflés have to be served immediately because the hot air that causes them to rise as a result of those beaten egg whites and the heat from the oven, cools down and when that happens, the soufflés deflate and fall.
BOTTOMLINE: Cheese soufflé is a delicious and elegant dish that’s amazing paired with a variety of sides. I like to have it with a simple green salad, some crusty bread or baguettes when I’m in the mood for something light or simple. Either roasted/grilled/sauteed veggies or mashed potatoes as a side to my cheese soufflé do it for me when I want a filling and hearty meal.
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