Gougeres (pronounced goo-zhairs) - Savory Cream Puffs

Gougeres (pronounced goo-zhairs) are really just a fancy name for a savory cream puff - as compared to a sweet filled cream puff.   This particular version doesn't have a savory filling but instead, the spices and cheese are baked into the puff.  No need to fill.


5 T butter
1/2 c water
1 T milk
dash salt
1/2 c flour
3 eggs
1/4 c Gruyere, grated
1/4 c Pecorino, grated
1 T fresh thyme leaves
1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 t anchovy paste
pinch cayenne

Preheat oven to 350.  In a saucepan, place the butter, milk, water and salt.  Bring to a boil while stirring and add the flour all at once.  Stir and cook until the mixture forms a ball, remove from heat.  Let cool slightly and beat the eggs in one at a time, beating well between.  Add the cheeses and spices.  Spoon dough into dollops on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle extra cheese on the tops and bake 35 minutes until puffed and golden brown.  Serve.

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