A broodje kaassoufflé showing the melted cheese filling

Kaassoufflé (plural: kaassoufflés; diminutive form: kaassouffleetje) normally refers to a Dutch snack of melted cheese inside a thin dough-based wrap which has been breaded and then deep-fried.


A kaassoufflé is thought to be influenced by Indonesian street food called gorengan (fritter).[1] It is either bought ready-made frozen and deep-fried at home, or ordered at snackbars in the Netherlands, where it is one of the few vegetarian fast-food snacks available.[2] At certain Dutch fastfood outlets, such as FEBO or Smullers, it is possible to purchase a kaassoufflé without having to order it at the counter; instead it can be had directly from an automatiek, a coin-operated vending machine.[3][4] Kaassoufflé is also a popular snack to be served at a borrel, an informal Dutch gathering with drinks and snacks (the word "borrel" originally referred to a small glass in which distilled beverages, usually jenever, is served).

Typically this snack comes in two different shapes: either as a large rectangle measuring approximately 10 cm by 5 cm (4" by 2"), or shaped like a half moon of about 10 cm (5") in length. Smaller versions, called mini kaassoufflés, are usually sold for consumption at home, or for at the aforementioned borrel where they are usually eaten as part of a bittergarnituur, a selection of snacks to go with drinks.[5] Kaassoufflés are not limited to having only a Gouda-like cheese as a filling. Additional flavourings can be added to the cheese, such as ham and spinach, or it can also be made with different types of cheese.[6][7] Another variety of kaassoufflé is the oven-baked type. This is simply done by wrapping a slice of cheese, with or without additional spices, inside puff pastry and then baking it in an oven.[8]

Although the name of this snack contains the word "soufflé", it has very little in common with a real soufflé which, indeed, can contain cheese and can therefore also be called a kaassoufflé in the Dutch language.[9]

Consumption practices

A kaassoufflé is usually eaten on its own, with mustard, with regular ketchup, or with a curried ketchup. A broodje kaassoufflé is the snack served in a bun.[10]

See also



  1. Gilang Shanahan. "Lazy Kaassoufflé (Dutch Deep Fried Breaded Cheese!)". My Big Fat Cooking Blog. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. "Wordt nu lid van Voedingswaardetabel.nl". voedingswaardetabel.nl. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  3. "Plate of the Day Food Blog NYC - Febo Automat Amsterdam Kaassoufflé Food Blog NYC Reviews Info". plateoftheday.com. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  4. Planet, L.; Berkmoes, R.V.; Zimmerman, K. (2010). Lonely Planet The Netherlands. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 51. ISBN 9781742203621. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  5. "congrescentrumamstelveen.nl - congrescentrumamstelveen Resources and Information.". congrescentrumamstelveen.nl. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  6. "ham kaas souffle Banketbakkerij Kwekkeboom te Amsterdam". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  7. "Culifrost, Noordermorssingel 10, 7461 JN Rijssen (NL)" (PDF). 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  8. "Kaassoufflé recept | Smulweb.nl". smulweb.nl. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  9. "DE ECHTE HOLLANDSE KAASSOUFFLE recept | Smulweb.nl". smulweb.nl. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  10. "Broodje Kaassoufflé - The Frying Dutchman". thefryingdutchman.nl. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
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