Cheddar and Thyme Gougeres
...or you can call them cheese puffs.
Always looking for apps for the holiday season and I came across this really easy recipe and thought I'd give it a try. It's a nice light little mouthful that's tasty and not very filling.
You can vary the cheeses used and the herbs as well.
3/4 C Water
1/2 tsp Salt
6 Tb Unsalted Butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
3/4 C AP Flour
1 1/2 Tb Chopped Fresh Thyme (or other herb)
1 C Grated Cheddar (or other cheese)
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Put the water, salt and butter into a 2-3 quart sauce pan, bring to a boil.
Add the flour all at once and beat vigorously, still on the heat, with a stiff whisk or wooden spoon until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
Beat the eggs into the dough one at a time using a food processor, electric mixer or a spoon/whisk. Mix in the thyme and half of the cheese.
Spoon or pipe teaspoon amounts of the dough 1" apart onto parchment covered cookie sheets. Top each with a pinch of the remaining cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
If you like, you can freeze the uncooked dough on the cookie sheets and transfer them to a container for later use.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan