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Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles

Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles
Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles

These Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles are utterly divine. A creamy omelette-like mixture nests inside a golden-brown croissant crust in this delicious dish. Try this favorite among Panera Bread recipes for breakfast or dinner. Start off any breakfast, lunch or dinner right with this versatile dish. We just love these cute heart-shaped serving dishes, but you can serve them however you would like. It's a homey, yet sophisticated idea that will wow your guests.

Serves2

Cooking Time27 min

Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 sheet (1/2 package) frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 ounces thick, sliced ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canned and drained pimento or mined fresh red bell pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush four 3-inch ramekins with some of the melted butter, reserving the rest.

  2. Roll the thawed sheet of puff pastry lightly with a rolling pin into a 12-inch square. Cut into four 6-inch squares. Fit one square of pastry into each of the ramekins, leaving the corners overhanging the dish.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs well, then remove 1 tablespoon and set aside. Whisk in the milk and cream. Add the Swiss cheese and half of the parmesan cheese, stirring.  Microwave in 30-second increments on high setting, stirring well after each. This should take about 3 increments to reach a soft-scrambled egg stage yet still just slightly runny. Stir in the ham and pimento.

  4. Spoon one quarter of the egg mixture (about ¼ cup) into each ramekin and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese. Gently fold the corners of the pastry loosely over the top.  Brush dough with the remaining beaten egg.

  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until the dough is golden brown and cooked through. Cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes and remove from the ramekins, or serve in the dishes.

Notes

-The puff pastry dough should not appear wet on the cut edges when it is well baked.  If necessary, extend the time by 5 minutes until those edges appear completely cooked.

-Souffles may be eaten immediately or served at room temperature. Or store in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven, not the microwave, for best results.

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One of the best things I've eaten in a long time. The crust melted in my mouth and the ham and cheese contained a perfect blend of sweet and salty. I'd eat this every day if I could.

Delicious! Add a good cup of coffee and you've got a wonderful Sunday breakfast.

Loved this!The crust was perfect, flaky, and buttery. Next time I'd maybe add more cheese and ham to balance out the egg. I wonder if this would taste as good or better if you used breakfast sausage instead of ham?

So. Good. Everything cooked perfectly and the croissant was wonderfully flaky.. I'll definitely be trying these again!

I had high hopes for this recipe because I love Panera's egg souffles, but unfortunately they were awful. I will make again, but with many revisions. The cooking time is way too long, resulting in a dry, over cooked product. Mixing the cheese in with the egg makes the cheese disappear instead of having it layered inside. Puff pastry would probably be a better alternative too since the croissant dough lost any flakiness. I will also get a soft, runny, but solidified egg mixture from a saut pan and not a microwave in the future. Good try.. But not a fan.

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