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Appetizers and Hors d'Oeuvres

Gougères

Gougères

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

These French cheese puffs are made with deliciously stinky Gruyère.

Gougères

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 15 guyeres
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:50 minutes
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: Christmas Eve Appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons grated Guyere cheese

Procedures

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. 2

    In a medium saucepan, whisk together water, milk, butter, pepper, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil.

  3. 3

    Add flour and immediately stir mixture with a wooden spoon until dough forms a ball that pulls away from sides of pan.

  4. 4

    Remove dough from heat and let cool for 2 minutes. Add first egg and beat until well combined. Add second egg and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese.

  5. 5

    Place dough in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch top and pipe dough into 1 1/2 inch rounds on baking sheet. Sprinkle balls with remaining cheese. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.

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