Who doesn’t love Cheezy Puffs (Gougères)?

These “cheezy puffs” make a warm and comforting appetizer or snack.  Best of all, your family and friends don’t need to know how easy they are to make.   While they bake, the dough puffs up creating a pocket of air with a lovely crisp exterior and a tender interior.  They are amazing!

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French Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

Airy cheese-filled pastry bites that will make the perfect hors d’oeuvres, but since they are so easy to make, they are just tasty “anytime”.
This recipe was adapted from the recipe for Petits Choux au Fromage in Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 12 each
Calories: 162kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tbsp butter (3/4 stick) cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups finely shredded Gruyere cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Bring water, butter, and seasonings to a boil in a 1 ½ or 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan. Boil slowly until the butter has melted. Meanwhile, measure out the flour.
  • Remove water and butter mixture from heat and immediately pour in all the flour at once. Stir vigorously with a wooden spatula or spoon for several seconds to blend thoroughly. Beat over moderately high heat for 1 to 2 minutes until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and the spoon, forms a mass, and begins to film the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and make a well in the center of the paste with your spoon. Immediately break an egg into the center of the well. Beat it into the paste for several seconds until it has absorbed. Repeat with the rest of the eggs, mixing in one at a time until the paste is well blended and smooth. Mix in ¾ cup of the cheese.
  • Scoop small spoonfuls of the paste (about 1 to 1 ½ inches in diameter) about 2 inches apart from each other on baking sheets. Top gougères with remaining ½ cup of cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until puffs are golden brown and have doubled in size.
  • Remove from the oven, and pierce each gougère with a small knife. This will allow the steam to escape so that the puffs deflate or get soggy. Set the baking sheet back in the turned-off oven and leave the door ajar for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
French Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 318mg14%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 407IU8%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

I recommend making these in large quantities.  The extras can be frozen either before baking or after baking.  If you choose to freeze them after baking, simply warm and crisp them back up in a 425 degree oven for 3-5 minutes.  
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