Remember back when Kate and I went to compete at the Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Cook-Off?  And we told you about all of the amazing food we ate?  Well the morning of the actual cook-off we had an awesome breakfast and this was one of the dishes served.  I remember thinking that it would be great for Christmas or Easter morning so when I got home I promptly looked up the recipe in the cook book.  My thoughts were confirmed even more when I saw that it’s a make-ahead dish- which is the only kind I make for Christmas morning!  My family standard is this Overnight Breakfast Casserole, but this Ham and Cheese Souffle Roll would be a great addition as well.  It does take a little bit of time to put together, but you can do it a day ahead of time so the only thing you need to do Christmas morning is pop it in the oven.

You start by making a basic roux.  Melted butter, flour and pepper go into the pan and get whisked up into a nice clump.  Sometimes clumps are a good thing!  Slowly add milk while whisking constantly to get rid of the lumps.  (Okay, so maybe clumps aren’t all that great…)

You’ll cook that mixture till it’s nice and thick and add it to some egg yolks.  We’re making a souffle here folks!  Don’t you feel fancy?

In another bowl you are going to beat your egg whites.  And you’ll add some of this to help them along:

Interesting fact:  Did you know that cream of tartar is a derivative of the wine-making process??  It comes from tartaric acid which is naturally found in grapes.  The white powdery stuff forms as the juice ferments.  I honestly had no idea until I read the back of my bottle last summer.  And now you have a great conversation starter at parties and on first dates.  (But only use that one if you’re positive you don’t want to be invited to any other parties or on a second date.)  Anyhoo, it helps stabilize egg whites too.  Kind of amazing and kind of weird at the same time.

You want egg whites with stiff peaks.  You can see (if you look closely) in the picture below that soft peaks just barely form a mound but aren’t stable at all.  Medium peaks will stand up, but the peaks will fall over (bottom left) and with stiff peaks (bottom right) the peaks stand straight up.

Now if you’re a souffle making novice, know the egg whites are the key!  Whatever you do, never stir the egg whites, always fold.  That means taking your spoon or spatula and slowly scraping the bottom of the mixture and gently folding it over to the top.  Add just a bit of your egg whites to the flour mixture and fold it in until combined.  It’s okay to have some lumps.  (See?  I was right, lumps are still sometimes good.)

Now take that mixture and slowly fold it back into the rest of the egg whites, a little at time.  Gently fold so it stays nice and fluffy.

That’s your souffle!  Pour it into your prepared pan.  The pan has been covered in foil and greased with butter and lightly floured.  (Don’t try to cheat and use non-stick spray.  Even non-stick spray with flour.  I totally did that here and almost ruined mine!)

Bake it in the oven and you’ll see it start poofing up- beautiful!

Once it comes out of the oven it will flatten out.

You have to be very careful on these next steps so you don’t tear the souffle.  Flip it out over another piece of foil that’s placed over a large cutting board or pan- the foil should be larger than the one you have and it also needs to be well greased.  Can’t emphasize the greasing enough!  Then very carefully peel the top layer of foil off.  If your souffle is sticking, just be patient and work very slowly.  Since I was dumb and used non-stick spray, mine was a little stuck.

Then top your souffle with creamy swiss cheese and sliced ham.

Use the foil on the bottom to help you roll the souffle up, as you slowly peel it off.  I love how in the cook book it specifically tells you to not roll the foil inside of the souffle.  Foil filled souffle would not taste good.

At this point, you’re all rolled up.  You should have extra room at the end of your piece of foil and you can just wrap it right up and put it in your fridge where it can stay up to 24 hours.

When you’re ready to eat it, bake it in the oven.  The egg will fluff up and the cheese will melt and the flavor of the ham will come out and it will look awesome.  Like this.

At the BHG Kitchens they served it with an amazing sauce on the side.  Later when looking at the ingredient list it became clear to me why I wanted to drink it.  When I made it at home, I devised a lower-calorie version of their sauce, see my notes at the end of the recipe.  You can drizzle the sauce on top, or just serve on the side.

Slice it up to serve and drizzle more sauce if you want.  And you will want.

I actually thought the left overs of this dish the next day were even better! 

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  1. 1
    Stephanie says:

    I have to admit, at first glance I thought, "Yeah, maybe I'll get around to making this", but as I read through the recipe and looked at the scrumptious pictures I REALLY want to make this now! I guess I'm just a visual person, but seeing the process made it that much more appetizing to me! Yum!

  2. 2
    Patti says:

    What a great alternative to my usual breakfast casserole! Thanks for sharing! Thanks too for the sauce alternative!

  3. 3
    The Wolff Den says:

    I am very tempted to try this out—I was wondering, however, if parchment paper would work instead of foil?

  4. 4
    HollyL says:

    Holy cow.. I cant stop drooling!! This looks great! I am definately making this for Christmas morning :)

  5. 5
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Wolff Den- that's a great thought. You'd think that wouldn't stick, right? Maybe I'll ask the ladies at the test kitchen and see if they've tried it!

  6. 6
    Scribble Scrabble says:

    Can't wait to try this! Since it's a make ahead, I'm thinking it would be a good heat up for a work weeknight. Yummmm, breakfast for dinner.

  7. 7
    keepitsweet says:

    i have never seen anything like that….. wow that looks so decadent!

  8. 8
    Tessy says:

    Thanks for sharing this – was looking for a great make ahead dish for our brunch on Christmas morning!!

  9. 9
    somethingsavory says:

    Wow that looks really great. I've never tried to make a souffle before so I'm hesitant to try it on christmas (need a test run before). But I bet this would be great for all the other holidays!

    Anyways is the cream of tartar necessary? Should I try it because I'm a souffle newbie?

  10. 10
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    something savory- no, don't leave out the cream of tartar!

  11. 11
    kathy s says:

    this looks sooo yummy-could you use baking paper instead of foil for the tray and the rolling step-would that help it not stick a bit better.

  12. 12
    twntygreydays says:

    YUM i love your site so much( thank you too.

  13. 13
    Nancy says:

    This looks so yummy! I can't wait to make this Christmas morning.

  14. 14
    Rebecca says:

    Could I make this on my demarle flexipan? It's like the silpat, but in a jelly roll form? Thanks! Looks delish! I'm making this christmas morning!

  15. 15
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Rebecca, that *sounds* like a great idea. I can't give you a definite answer because I've never tried it!

  16. 16
    Rebecca says:

    I know this is kind of out of place, but with the caramel apple bread pudding, does it matter what kind of apples you use? is one kind better than another? Thank you!

  17. 17
    Jimmy Lim says:

    I will call my gf to try it~ hahhahaha

  18. 18
    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Rebecca–Any kind of tart, crisp apple works great. I've used Granny Smith and Fuji and they were both fabulous (Fuji is sweeter–I don't know if you care one way or another! :) )

  19. 19
    Marie says:

    Is this something that might work sliced up into smaller pieces for appetizers? Or would it fall apart?

  20. 20
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Marie, it would probably fall apart if sliced thin- sorry!

  21. 21
    Joanne says:

    I don't want to sound stupid, but when you say to heat the souffle in foil, do you need to have it wrapped in foil, or just loosely tented with foil to keep it from burning?

  22. 22
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Joanne- not stupid at all! I just loosely wrapped it up on all sides.

  23. 23
    Fichtner Family says:

    Sara – quick question. I usually think of a jelly roll pan as a 17x11x1. I have both sizes. Should I stick with the 15x10x1 (it just looks so small) or could I use the larger baking sheet to make it stretch a little?

  24. 24
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Fichtner Fam- you're right, I meant to say jelly roll "style" pan to specify the rimmed baking sheet. I would stick with the 15" pan as specified in the recipe because I think if you used the 17" jelly roll it would be so thin it might tear. Thanks for pointing that out- I will go specify in my directions!

  25. 25
    That Ruby Girl says:

    I have to tell you I am using so many of your recipes- today I made Carmelized Green Beans, Peppermint Brownies, Ham & Cheese Souffle, and Baked Potato Soup- (not all for the same meal of course) I am not sure where I used to get my recipes because your site is the only one I use now! Thanks!

  26. 26
    Tasha says:

    Made this for Christmas morning, and it was declicious.

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!

  27. 27
    Fichtner Family says:

    Made this for Christmas and l-o-v-e-d it. I over processed the full fat sauce (parsley butter…hummm). I think next time I won't be lazy and will get out the food processer instead of using the blender. But added 2% milk to thin it out before cooking it – turned out amazing still. Thanks for sharing. Next year I'll make two!

  28. 28
    Tanya says:

    My family also enjoyed the souffle roll on Christmas morning. Yummers!

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    Steph says:

    I was so excited to make this, but I have to say it was a ton of work with rather disappointing results. I think it's the first recipe on this site that I haven't loved. :(

    The sauce was the best part. I might make it some time to put on eggs or omelets sometime–so much faster!

  30. 30
    Jennifer says:

    I made two of these for Easter brunch. It was loved by all, including guests. I enjoyed that it was make ahead and looked nice sliced. One goofy thing, I thought I had parsley on hand but it was cilantro. I didn’t have time to go back to the store so I improvised. I made the sauce subbing cilantro for parsley and mexican oregano for the basil. Added a dash of garlic salt. It wasn’t bad. Next time I will try the parsley! Also made the sunrise punch recipe to go along with it. We all enjoyed it.

  31. 31
    Niccole Dunford says:

    I am wanting to make 8-10 of these for a breakfast I am hosting. Can I make them completely the night before and reheat them in the morning? If so, what is the best way to reheat them?

    • 31.1
      sara says:

      You could…I would probably cover in foil and reheat in the oven on a low temp. But just a warning- 8-10 would be a LOT of work!

  32. 32
    Sarah says:

    Do you know if this freezes? I’m doing a freezer meal swap with some friends and we have included breakfasts. I’m lost with freezer breakfasts other than burritos and sandwiches. THANKS!!!

    • 32.1
      sara says:

      No, I don’t think this would freeze well. You know what does? Waffles and Pancakes- they freeze beautifully! Check out that section of our recipe index. You could do something unique like our PB-Banana Pancakes (Chunky Monkey) or Whole grain Waffles. To reheat from frozen, just pop them in the toaster!

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