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December 4, 2008

A Tasty Recipe ~ Gougères

I'm thinking about food a lot
this holiday season...

A gougère is one of my favorites. A savory choux pastry made with a nutty flavored gruyere cheese. Gougères are delicious and so easy to make. I opened a catalog today and found 60 pre-made gougères offered for $55.00 ~ This didn't sit well, as I know how easy they are to make and wanted to share the recipe.

Please try the recipe if you like something tasty, savory and it warms the heart to make them yourself.

Here's the recipe I'm making this weekend - yum and we can all use the extra cash for something other than pre-made food that should be made fresh (in my opinion ;)

It is said that gougères were a favorite of Coco Chanel. Just a few won't do any harm, but it will be hard to stop munching with this wonderful hors d'oeuvre. Here's the recipe, I hope you enjoy... let me know if you give it a try!

1 cup milk
1 stick butter
Pinch of white pepper
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup flour
3 extra-large organic eggs
1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese (Cave Aged is the best in my book)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Parmesano Reggiano)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Put milk, butter, salt, pepper & nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat until it scalds. Next, add flour and stir very quickly with wooden spoon until the mixture comes together (like a ball). Keep cooking, while quickly stirring for approximately one to two minutes. Once the mixture starts to coat the pan (it will look floury), take off heat and add in egg mixture, stirring very quickly as not to let the egg mixure scramble and enable it to combine with the flour mixture. Next add the cheese and stir until completely mixed. This is going to take a real work out for your arms, but it is well worth it!

If you choose to add the mixture to a food processor (and cheat ;), that's fine too - just start with the food processor at the mixing the eggs portion above.

Once mixture is complete, use a tablespoon to make little rounds about 1 inch in diameter and add to baking sheet, if you have a Silpat sheet that will work wonderfully on top a cookie sheet.

If you chose, you may use an egg wash to finish off puffs, but I don't use this method.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes (watch the bottoms). They should be golden brown.

Hope you enjoy this with your favorite glass of wine or perhaps a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine.

As Julia Child would say Bon Appétit...

From me, Au Revoir for Now!


Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Sounds delicious, Tracie! And somewhat decadent.

Sher said...

ooooh Delicious! Tracie thank you for the recipe - I will be trying these fabulous hors d'oeuvres on Saturday (Maddy and I have our bake day each Saturday!!) and will let you know how they turned out for us on my bloggy! How are you doing my huckleberry friend? Thinking of you ~ xoxo

Lorilee said...

MMMMM sounds really yummy. Do they keep well? Or should they be eaten the same day they are made?

MARIA said...

Looks and sounds very yummy!
Thank you Tracie!

Have a bless day!

Rue said...

Good morning Tracie!

Those look absolutely divine. I had no idea it was that easy to make. Guess what I'll be serving very very soon? ;)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving sweet friend!


Judy said...

Wow I think I'm going to start selling my gougeres. I make them every year and put them in the freezer. I take what I need out and reheat them. They are always delicious. Thanks for the reminder I need to get some made. They are an easy appetizer to have on hand aren't they?

Alice W. said...

Sounds very interesting!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Laura said...

Stopping in to say hello! Your recipe looks great!

Becky said...

So many recipes and so little time.
I do hope that I can find some time for this one. It looks wonderful.

Dianne said...

Oh yummy! I have to try this and will probably go to the grocery store today for the ingredients. Low cal, right? Who cares!

Ballerina Girl said...

wow, sounds so yummy!
thanks for sharing the recipe!

Suzy said...

Hi Tracie,
hope you are having fun decorating your place!?!

See you soon. Suzy

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

You had me at fromage! These look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.
Can you freeze them?

Sweet Wishes,

BellaColle' said...

MMMMMmmmmmm... sounds scrumptious! and actually seems easy..thanks for sharin'.