That question was actually the title of a song from The Intelligence that my brother sprung on me. It was a fun little exchange, but I wasn’t that satisfied by my answers. I never conducted the proper research to find out what could work.
Well, when I made that souffle last week, the question came back. I was having people over and wanted to serve something to drink with it, but my mind had trouble wrapping around what to pair the meal. Considering the amount of eggs in it (eight!), there was going to be some eggyness to it, no doubt about that. So, what wine goes with eggs?
I could troll the Internets for an answer, but I have a better source. The French! I gave my parents a quick call to ask them what they thought I should serve. My mom (the French one), my dad (the English one), and I had a little back and forth:
William: “So, what wine to serve with a souffle?”
Dad: “Hold on…” sounds of rustling
Mom: “Oh dear, your father is consulting his hugh johnson.”
Me: “As long as it’s the book by the wine writer, then I’m OK with that… But what do you think, mom?”
Mom: “Oh, c’est simple–Don’t serve the souffle!”
Me: “Maman! Ca ne m’aide pas! That doesn’t help me!”
Mom: “Tu compliques les choses. I always start with the wine and then build the dish around that. It’s much more simple that way.”
Me: “Uh, OK. Well, Dad, did the book suggest anything?”
Dad: “Well, it has written here a dry Burgundy or sparkling white.”
Me: “And with just eggs?”
Dad: “He says that if he must, he’ll have a champagne with scrambled eggs.”
OK, maybe the conversation didn’t go exactly like that, but I’m the one writing this, so I can pretend. Regardless, it’s true: Sparkling wine does go great with a souffle. So if you make this and want to have something nice to drink, grab a bottle of champagne or French sparkling wine. You won’t go wrong and people will be impressed not only by the fantastic souffle, but also by the nice champagne you pop open.