Sage and White Cheddar Gougeres
I have a few versions of these elegant little puffs that I’ve been saving to make for the holidays. Only 6 ingredients create these perfect companions to a glass of bubbly. Ideal for your impromptu get togethers. Trial and Error could be the subtitle of the recipe below. Some of these savory nibbles “puffed” and well…..some did not!!! Don’t let my little experiment discourage you, my second batch came out perfect. Watch your cooking time, you want the gougeres to be golden brown.
Gougeres (adapted by chezus.com)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup white cheddar, grated
1/8 cup sage, minced
Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large saucepan bring water, salt and butter to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and stir in flour using a wooden spoon. Turn off heat. Continue beating the mixture until dough comes together. Transfer mixture to a bowl and mix with electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time. After beating the last egg, mix in 1/4 cup of cheese and sage. Mix well. Sprinkle each puff with a small amount of the remaining cheese. Using two small spoons, put little amounts of dough on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and then lower the heat to 375 degrees. Continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm. Make ahead ……..place in air tight containers and store in freezer. Rewarm on baking sheet in 350 degrees oven until heated through, about 5 minutes.
Other combinations: Blue cheese and pepper/ rosemary and lemon zest