Gougeres with Cheese and Scallions

  • 35 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 20 mins cook
  • serves 4 people
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Airy cheese puffs to quell your hunger as you wait for dinner. Or the perfect companion to your aperitif.  Either way, those golden morsels are a delight and so easy to make, I guarantee they will become your go-to appetizer.

In France, we serve those before dinner with an aperitif. A preamble to dinner to come. Soft and tender and full of flavor.

Under normal circumstances, this recipe will kick off the holiday season.  Having friends over, or going to friends and celebrating the holidays upon us. This year life has changed things around for us a bit, but we should not let it guide what we do. So instead of the party with friends, how about a party with our children instead? Get all dressed and have your own home party.  Create those fantastic memories and share your love of food with your small homegroup. This recipe is perfect to make for the occasion.

I played around with the original recipe and used two kinds of cheddar cheeses. White extra sharp reminds me of and has the same texture as the gruyere cheese. Rich in flavor. The regular cheddar cheese gives the softness that it requires.

The scallions bring the two kinds of cheese together to enhance the flavor without overpowering it.

TIPS:

  • I used my stand-alone mixer, however, you can work the dough with a whisk.
  • Beat or whisk well after each egg is added.
  • When I was in France two summers ago, I was shown that you can place the dough on a round pizza pan covered with parchment paper and bake it like a crown. Looks spectacular when comes out of the oven and served at the table.
  • You can turn off the oven and let the gougeres cool off to lukewarm with the door open.
  • The sharp white cheddar cheese can be replaced by shredded gruyere cheese.
  • Shred the cheese all to the same size. Easier to melt evenly.
  • You can omit the scallions if you wish. Or replace them with chives, Use a lot less, however, as they are much more pungent in flavor.

We enjoyed them with Pomegranate Martinis. The sweetness of the martini balanced well against the cheese. A chilled glass of Chardonnay is perfect as well.
Make the gougeres smaller if you wish, just remember to adjust the baking timing as they have a tendency to burn fast.

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Nutrition Facts
Gougeres with Cheese and Scallions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 509 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 254mg85%
Sodium 711mg31%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1241IU25%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 446mg45%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Gougeres with Cheese and Scallions

  • 35 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 20 mins cook
  • serves 4 people

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup white extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup medium cheddar cheese shredded
  • ⅓ cup scallions, white and green part minced

Instructions

  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375° F.

    Bring 1 cup of water, butter, and ½ teaspoon salt to boiling in a heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat and mix in the flour. Stir over medium heat until the mixture starts to become thick and begins to separate from the pan, about 3 minutes.

  2. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle. Add the eggs to the mixture, one at a time, mixing vigorously to form a sticky dough. Stir in cheese and scallions until well incorporated in the dough.

  3. Using 2 teaspoons form dough into 1 ½ inch ovals, drop into baking sheet 1-inch evenly spaced apart. Place the baking sheet in the middle of the oven. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Comments (25) Post a Reply

  1. Marita says:

    hmmm great recipe. i will try to make it for Christmas dinner this year x

  2. Cindy Mom, the Lunch Lady says:

    I’ve never had savoury pate a chou, but these look and sound amazing! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure and you should give it a try. So easy to make and so fast enjoyed.
      Happy Holidays!
      Giangi

  3. Kalu says:

    Definitely trying these for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Emily says:

    I have. never had a gougeres before but I can’t wait to try these. The combination of cheddar cheese sounds amazing!!

  5. Katrina says:

    These cheese puffs look like absolute heaven. What a lovely tradition to kick off the holiday season with these. Seems like something we should adapt here in the US as well!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Katrina. I love traditions and have added so many throughout the years. But all around food, fun, family, friends.
      Happy Holiday!
      Best,
      Giangi

  6. Mihaela|https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says:

    I love anything cheese, even more, when it’s French! I’ve got to try these!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love them!
      Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
      Giangi

  7. Jeannie says:

    Its like a great snack to share, its nice to learn baked goodies from different parts of the world! Thank you for this recipe perfect for the holidays.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      The pleasure is all mine Jeannie. I love small baked goods, easy to prepare, and perfect as a gift.
      Enjoy this recipe during the holiday.
      Best,
      Giangi

  8. Ana Ankeny says:

    In love with the minimal ingredient list! My family is going to love these!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Ana, I love the simplicity of this recipe during this busy time of the year.
      Happy Holidays!
      Giangi

  9. Christina's Bread Bakes says:

    So delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I have wanted to make these for a long, long time. They are so much easier than I thought. 🙂

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Christina, you are most welcome. Yes, they are so much easier to make than first anticipated.
      Happy Holidays!
      Giangi

  10. Colette says:

    I’m a sucker for French food lol! I’ve been experimenting with French food lately so I will definitely try this! They look amazing.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Colette. French cooking can be as easy and simple and as complicated and in-depth as you want it to be. Either way always so delicious.
      Enjoy the cooking journey, and I am here if you have any questions on French cooking.
      Happy Holiday!
      Best,
      Giangi

    2. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love them Colette! Easy and super delicious.
      Have fun cooking and Happy Holidays!
      Giangi

  11. Debbie says:

    Could I use gluten-free flour for these?

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Hi Debbie, I never tried and I am hesitant to say yes.
      Sorry, I wish I had a better answer.
      Giangi

  12. vobejdas says:

    Can’t wait to try this over the holidays.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will enjoy them.
      Happy Holidays!

    2. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love them!!
      Happy Holidays!
      Giangi

  13. Mike Ferrari says:

    These sound wonderful. There are only two of us. You mention placing the dough on a sheet and covering with parchment paper, forms a crown? Can we have more instruction on that and perhaps a photo? Thank you very much.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Hi Mike,
      Unfortunately, I do not have a picture. What I meant is to form a crown, or making it in a circle to form a loop.
      If I can found a picture I will send it to you.
      I hope you will try it, you will love it.
      Best
      Giangi

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