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Chef John's Party Cheese Puffs

Chef John

"These beautiful cheese puffs, gougeres, are as easy as they are delicious. Usually Gruyere cheese is used but I had some very sharp farmhouse Cheddar cheese in the fridge, so I decided to use that. As long as you are using a very sharp, full-flavored cheese I don't think you can go wrong. I love gougeres with Gruyere, but I think the extra-sharp Cheddar was just as good."
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Ingredients

40 m servings 84 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Stir water, butter, and salt together in a pot; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and whisk flour into butter mixture until a paste-like dough forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer dough to a bowl to cool until warm, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk 1 egg, thyme, and black pepper into cooled dough until egg is completely incorporated. Add remaining egg and whisk until completely incorporated into dough. Stir 3/4 the cheese into dough until combined. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Top each with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and puffed, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 84 calories; 6.3 g fat; 4.2 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g protein; 46 mg cholesterol; 82 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Thanks for another great recipe Chef John. I have yet to make one of your recipes that we didn't love. Some people will say I shouldn't be rating this because I change the ingredients. I used ...

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Made them exactly as the recipe says. They turned out nice, but we just didn't like the flavor. Maybe they would be better with some sort of filling. I may try them again with different cheeses,...

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Thanks for another great recipe Chef John. I have yet to make one of your recipes that we didn't love. Some people will say I shouldn't be rating this because I change the ingredients. I used ...

Made them exactly as the recipe says. They turned out nice, but we just didn't like the flavor. Maybe they would be better with some sort of filling. I may try them again with different cheeses,...

I love gougeres; this is the first time I tried making them and they were very popular at our office cocktail party. To all the folk who say they are not cheesy or have no flavor, they need to...

My first attempt wasn't very successful. They tasted fine (I added garlic powder and used Gruyere cheese) but the puffs deflated as soon as I took them out of the oven. For a family meal, they...

Fabulous cheesy puffs! They turned out perfect. Gorgeous golden brown, smell and taste amazing. I used a nice aged cheddar. However, I had no fresh sage on hand, so I skipped it altogether and ...

I think this is a great recipe... yummy/fluffy. I did add garlic salt.. that's it

I put twice as much cheese as the recipe called for. I think that's what made them collapse, but they were delicious. Easy to make too.

Maybe I made it wrong and this requires more skill than I have as a cook, but mine tasted terrible

Not the taste I was expecting from a cheese puff, but I may be ignorant to how they're supposed to taste seeing as i've never had one before now. Seems like an acquired taste type of dish and I ...