These cheese puffs are so good, and i’m very happy I didn’t talk myself out of them.  They are so simple, but seem very complicated.  Don’t let it fool you!

I went strictly by the recipe this first time, but next time i’m changing up the cheeses and maybe adding in an herb or two.  We’ll see how I feel!  That’s the beauty of making your own food.  You can let the Wind carry you away.

Gougères

Based on the Jacques Pepin recipe in Food & Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 cups grated swiss (I used Gruyere)
  • Fleur de sel (or Kosher salt)

Directions:

  1. Bring the milk, butter, salt, and cayenne to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the flour all at once, and mix vigorously with a wooden spatula until the mixture forms a ball. Return the pan to the heat and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 1 minute to dry the mixture a bit. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor, let cool for 5 minutes, then process for about 5 seconds.
  2. Add the eggs and paprika to the processor bowl, and process for 10 to 15 seconds, until well mixed. Transfer the choux paste to a mixing bowl, and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a cookie sheet with a reusable nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the grated Parmesan cheese, then add the remainder and all the Swiss cheese to the choux paste. Stir just enough to incorporate. Using a tablespoon, scoop out a level tablespoon of the gougère dough, and push it off the spoon onto the cooking mat. Continue making individual gougères, spacing them about 2-inches apart on the sheet. Sprinkle a few grains of coarse salt and a little of the reserved Parmesan cheese on each gougère. Bake for about 30 minutes, until nicely browned and crisp. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature with drinks.
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