Gougères are French cheese puffs traditionally served at wine tastings in the Burgundy region. They can be made ahead and warmed just before serving.
- 2 Tbs. butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese
- 1 tsp. poppy seeds
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. Bring 1 cup water, butter, salt, and cayenne pepper to a boil in saucepan. Remove from heat, and stir in all flour at once, until mixture forms thick paste. Return to burner, reduce heat to low, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Transfer batter to mixing bowl. Beat in 1 egg until creamy and smooth. Repeat with second egg. Beat in 2 egg whites. Add remaining 2 egg whites, and beat until batter is smooth and glossy. Stir in cheese.
4. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake 30 minutes, or until gougères are light brown and look dry and crispy.
- Serving Size: Makes 24 puffs
- Calories: 56
- Carbohydrate Content: 4 g
- Cholesterol Content: 25 mg
- Fat Content: 3 g
- Protein Content: 3 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
- Sodium Content: 86 mg