Gougères (Cheese Puffs)

 

Cheese PuffsEveryone needs a simple, elegant hors d’oeuvre in their repertoire, a recipe they don’t have to overthink and that doesn’t require a grocery store run. Gougères, French cheese puffs, are savory pastry clouds made of eggs, milk, flour, cheese and butter. For dinner parties, these airy, bite-size puffs are an ideal, light starter for guests to nibble on while you’re wrapping up your preparations.  Adults and children alike love them, and they go beautifully with champagne. I often serve them alongside cake at my kids’ birthday parties.

Gougères can be elegantly piped (as pictured) or dropped in spoonfuls. They can also be made ahead – once baked, you can freeze and reheat them in the oven. I’ve found the reheated puffs taste as delicious as the freshly baked ones.

Gougères (Cheese Puffs)

When I’m searching for a use for cheese “ends” lingering in the fridge, I’ll use them in gougères as a pre-dinner snack for my children. Gruyère is the classic choice, but a sharp cheddar works nicely, too.

Gougères (Cheese Puffs)

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