Friday, June 6, 2008

Gruyere Gougères - Savory Cheese Puffs

Gougères are savory puffs or cheese balls (Pâte à choux) made with gruyere or any kind of cheese that melts and stretches... These are easy, fast and great starters for parties. That's why I am submitting this recipe for the Monthly Mingle event that Mansi at Food and Fun is hosting this month with Appetizers & Hors'Doeuvres. It is an event that Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey? started.

1 cup water
1/3 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
3/4 cup grated gruyere
4 tablespoons chopped onion
Italian seasoning to taste (or any kind of dried herbs - parsley, oregano, thyme, etc.)

1) Preheat the oven to 425
ºF (220 ºC). Grease or line two cookie sheets (no need to grease if using non-stick sheets).

Place the water and butter into a saucepan and bring to a boil. On low heat add the salt and flour at once, stirring with a wooden spoon until it forms a ball.

3) Remove from heat.
Transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl and let cool for a bit. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until the mixture is creamy. Add the cheese, the onion and the seasonings.

Drop the balls of the mixture onto a greased or lined cookie sheet using a small cookie scoop or one tablespoon, 2 inches apart.
  • You can also pipe the mixture, but I prefer the cookie scoop.

5) Bake at 425ºF
(220 ºC) for 15 to 20 minutes until puffs are golden brown. Serve them hot, plain or with any kind of filling, I had some eggplant antipasto and it was a great combination!

Recipe from the kitchen of: Luna


Mansi Desai said...

Ooh!! that sounds ooey-gooey and oh-so nice Cris!! thes cheese-balls look hard to resist! thanks so much for sharing it with us at MM!:)

Peter M said...

Cris, these are so easy and it's a wonder as to why I haven't tried making them yet...nicely done!

Jackie said...

Mmmm! Love cheese puffs and these look exceptional! Never made them with gruyere, though. Very intriguing.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I have never made these, Cris, but have thought of it for ages. your gougeres look perfect!

Elle said...

I have always wanted to make these! Yours came out perfectly. yum!

Danielle said...

oi cris!
achei este seu outro cantinho e adorei,... mas esta receita não entendi algumas coisinhas.. vc vai coloca-la em portugues tb? se não for, tem como manda-la para mim?
quanto a granola.. ficou tão boa que nem imaginava :)
bjs! e obrigada pela visita!!!:)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

These look great Cris! I made something similar with Parmesan cheese and they were absolutely delicious! Your presentation - lovely as usual!

Sandra said...

These look so good Chris, thanks for sharing :)

Estou de volta nos Estados Unidos, adorei as ferias na Africa do Sul!


Andrea said...

Oh, those look so good! What a tasty treat!

Estou te Esperando said...

Cris muito obrigada por suas oracoes, agradeco do fundo do coracao.
E ja sou sua fa, seu blog ja esta na minha lista de favoritos.
Suas receitas sao maravilhosas, hoje comprei a forminha para fazer as Madeleines, depois passo aqui para falar como ficaram.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Are they really that easy to make? Then I've got to save this for a go-to appetizer. They look wonderful and taste even better, I'm sure!