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Gougeres

Delicate, delightful little cheese puffs
Gougeres recipe - The Daily Meal
Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Joan Moravek/food styling

A gougere is a savory French cheese puff made from choux pastry (pâte à choux) that's been mixed with cheddar, Gruyère or Parmesan cheese. Almost anything stuffed into a gougere makes a pleasing appetizer—a pistachio, chunk of brie or wisp of salami.

This recipe is by Leah Eskin, author of "Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum" (Running Press Adult, 2014), and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
35 m
15 m
(prepare time)
20 m
(cook time)
24
Servings
86
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut up
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Cup grated Gruyère (other hard cheeses, including sharp white cheddar, are also nice)

Directions

Step 1: In a large pan, heat 1 cup water, 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (cut up). Bring to a boil.

Step 2: Dump in 1 cup flour, all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon to a big soft lump that looks something like mashed potatoes. Stir another minute to cook the flour.

Step 3: Scrape dough into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium, slowly pouring in 4 lightly beaten eggs. Sprinkle in 3/4 cup grated Gruyère (other hard cheese). Dough will look like thick vanilla pudding.

Step 4: Preheat oven to 400 F.

Step 5: Scrape dough into a pastry bag fitted with a plain 1/2-inch tip. Pipe about 48 (1-inch) diameter mounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Two spoons or a tiny ice-cream scoop also work. Gougeres are made from a dough called "choux," which means cabbage; not aiming for pretty here. Sprinkle the little lumps with remaining cheese.

Step 6: Slide pans into oven; bake until gougeres are golden and puffed, about 20 minutes. Pull one out, break open and check: the inside should be steamy and creamy, but not wet. If need be, bake another minute.

Step 7: Gougeres are delightful plain, or use a paring knife to slit the bottom and stuff with any savory morsel—even a pistachio, chunk of brie or wisp of salami.