Monday, August 6, 2007

300 Gougeres

No I did not make 300 of these lil'devils~ On Sunday we went to a friends for dinner & to watch the movie 300 on DVD (they have some special DVD player and TV so it was all 1080p which was exciting) I don't think I'm going to include a movie review, so back to the baked cheese balls). We brought these with some dry salami and wine. The recipe comes from the Williams Sonoma Briday & Groom Cookbook that we recieved as a shower gift.
Next time I'll add some roasted garlic and herbs, maybe try different cheeses...(makes about 2 dozen cheesy balls)Here is a link to a WS recipe on their site, different than the book a bit, but for reference~
Recipe on Williams Sonoma

3 T Butter
3/4 C Flour
3 Large Eggs
1 1/3 C Gruyere Cheese
1/4 tsp Ground Cayenne
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt or more to taste

Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheets with parchment (baking) paper.
Combine butter and 1/2 C water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the flour all at once, quickly stirring with a wooden spoon, until the batter is glossy and smooth and pulls away from the sides of the saucepan.
The dough will form a ball around the spoon.
Remove from the heat and add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until thoroughly incorporated.
Stir in cheese, cayenne, and salt.
Use 2 spoons or a pastry bag with out a tip to form 1-inch balls on the prepared baking sheet. Bake untill balls double in size and turn golden brown and a thin bladed knife incerted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cook slightly or compeltetly before serving.

*Our store did not carry Gruyere (and we didn't have a great back up plan- so we went with an aged Gouda, which was good- I still want to try it with Gruyere and definately want to try it with roasted garlic and some herbs. It was yummy and there was not one leftover!


Michelle said...

Oooh I could live on bread and cheese. I am definitely going to give these a shot!

Patricia Scarpin said...

They look scrumptious!
I have never had gougeres and yours are inspiring!

Deborah said...

These look amazing! I used to have a hard time finding gruyere, but have found that Costco usually carries many cheeses that I can't find. Go figure...

Beth G. said...

Costco! Good to know!! Thanks for the tip :)

Ally said...

Those look great! I'll have to try them!