Gougeres (Cheese Puffs)

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Puffs of cheesy pastry (pâtée a choux) make a classic hors d’oeuvre that can be served as is. You can also make these with Cheddar or Parmesan.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 50 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups grated Gruyere cheese, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • Put the water, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. When butter is melted turn heat to medium and add the flour all at once. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  • Remove from heat and beat in eggs one at a time, using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. Stir in 1 cup grated cheese.
  • Scoop dough with two spoons onto greased cookie sheet into 1-inch mounds, evenly spacing them about two inches apart. Sprinkle them with remaining cheese.
  • Bake 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350°F, then bake 15 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.