Herb & Cheddar Gougères

Herb & Cheddar Gougères

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2017

Don't let the fancy French name for these cheese puffs mislead you—this is an easy appetizer recipe. They're traditionally made with Gruyère or Comté; we couldn't resist turning to our Vermont roots and using good old Cheddar instead.

Ingredients 25 servings

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  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

Preparation

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  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 400°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine water, butter and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, add flour and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon to form a smooth dough. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. The dough should dry out slightly and pull away from the pan.
  3. Scrape the dough into a medium bowl and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, beat eggs one at a time into the dough, beating thoroughly after each addition. The batter will separate after each egg, but keep stirring: it will come back together. Add cheese, mustard, thyme and rosemary and fold to combine.
  4. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a round ⅜- to ¾-inch pastry tip (or use a gallon-size plastic bag with about ¾ inch snipped off a corner). Pipe 25 small mounds of dough onto each prepared baking sheet, making each a littler wider than a quarter.
  5. Bake, rotating the pans front to back and top to bottom halfway through, until puffed and golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.
  • To make ahead: Freeze cooled gougères airtight for up to 2 weeks. Reheat for 12 to 15 minutes at 350°F.
  • Equipment: Pastry bag with a medium ( ⅜- to ¾-inch) round tip (or gallon-size plastic bag), parchment paper

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 2
  • Per serving: 64 calories; 5 g fat(3 g sat); 0 g fiber; 3 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 15 mcg folate; 26 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 165 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 52 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 78 mg sodium; 16 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1 fat

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