Sunday, July 5, 2009

Blue Cheese Gougeres - Blue Monday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is another weapon in my arsenal of inexpensive recipes to tame the appetites of ravenous guests. It's the savory version of a petite cream puff and is made from the same dough - a choux paste. Savory gougeres are typically flavored with cheese or herbs. Though I like to use a finely crumbled blue cheese and boost its flavor with minuscule quantities of cayenne pepper, any cheese can be used. These are really simple to make. They'll take about 15 minutes of your time to assemble. They can be made well in advance of serving, frozen and then reheated if that better suits your game plan. I do like to serve these warm. Here's my version of savory gougeres.

Blue Cheese Gougeres...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1 cup water of low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup finely crumbled blue cheese

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2) Combine water, butter,pepper, cayenne, garlic poweder, onion powder and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add flour; mix until dough forms large clumps and films bottom of pan. Remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes.
3) Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Set aside 2 tablespoons of beaten eggs. Add remainder, in thirds, to flour mixture beating just to incorporate after each addition. Work in crumbled blue cheese.
4) Drop dough by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet about i-inch apart. Brush tops with reserved egg, flattening and peaks as you go.
5 ) Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F. and continue to bake for 20 minutes longer. Pierce each puff with a knife to allow steam to escape. If not to be used immediately, cool completely and store in an airtight container or freeze. Yield: 24 gougeres.

I'm send this to Smiling Sally for her Blue Monday event.

50 comments:

Susan C said...

I just discovered this savory treat at Tartine Bakery in SF a couple years ago. I thought, "Where have you been all my life." I've yet to make them, but I think that just has to change.

As always, you make things sound doable.

Susan C said...

I just discovered this savory treat at Tartine Bakery in SF a couple years ago. I thought, "Where have you been all my life." I've yet to make them, but I think that just has to change.

As always, you make things sound doable.

Lara said...

what a treasure this blog is!!! I start reading now - and maybe cooking later!

Gee said...

I should try this one day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Katy ~ said...

Oh my gosh do these sound good! I love cream puffs and would love this savory version. A unique and delicious tidbit for the appetizer tray.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

These look really good; especially against the bright blue checkered table cloth! Happy Blue Monday!

Smilingsal said...

How I wish I lived next door to you so that I could "test" you recipes! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Chef Fresco said...

Great appetizer! I bet they were delicious!

joey said...

Love serving gougeres but have never made them with Blue Cheese ... yum ... thanks, Mary.

My Little Space said...

This recipe looks delicious! Wll try it later.

Ann said...

Wow, looks so heavenly adn waht a great recipe. You always tempt me to cook right after reading your posts!

Susan said...

Mary- hope you had a great holiday weekend...your recipes looks and sounds delicious. I adore blue cheese! I would love to try this one at my next gathering!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

OMG, I am going to have to try these. You are going to cause me to gain weight with all these treasures you are sharing. My family is going to love your for it. Thanks for the beautiful comments on my family. I think they are pretty special too. Have a wonderful day my friend. Country Hugs, Sherry

Lori said...

I have some Blue Cheese in my fridge that I was contemplating what to do with it. Hmmm.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I may try this with feta cheese. I was never much of a cook until I started blogging. Now I see all these wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

This recipe looks so good. I am going to print it out and give it a try! I get together with some friends to knit once a week and this would be something tasty to bring along. Thank you!

take care,
Dawn

Karen said...

I've always wanted to try these, they look so good and I love bleu cheese. I'm just going to have to do it!

noble pig said...

I love these little things but I haven't made them in a while. Yum.

NicoleB said...

Those look and sound sooo tasty - yummy!
Thanks for the recipe, gotta try it when hubby comes back :)

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh yum! I am printing this out. Happy Blue Monday!

shopannies said...

sounds delicious

KayC. said...

It looks so good and yummy! I love anything with chesse in it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Esp. me, who tries to be a good cook. You inspire me to keep on trying!
And thank you for your comment on my blog.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh how nice a savory cream puff. I LOVE this idea.

Candy said...

Y U M M O!!!

Another great recipe,
Candy

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Great recipe. I have made choux pastry but never started it with chicken stock. What a great idea. I'll have to try that. Sounds like a great way to add more flavor to a little savory treat!

Christi

the ungourmet said...

My husband is a huge fan of blue cheese. I know he would love these!

Mary at My New 30 said...

Sounds delicious and not difficult either!

Debbie said...

They sound wonderful. I would love to try these!

Tess said...

Looks yummy! I want this. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

Have a blessed week.

The Blonde Duck said...

How yummy! I'd never seen these before.

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, puff pastry and bleu cheese! A match made in heaven! My mouth is just watering!

Maybe even I could make these!
Robin

Fifi Flowers said...

I soooo wish I liked to bake or I had a close by friend who did... I would pass along this recipe for moi to taste... yum!

Olga said...

I think I'd eat the entire recipe by myself. Looks delicious!

Maria Berg said...

You found somethnig blue to serv today and and on a blue plate - It is so good taht you are good at what you do and I told me that Iám good at my thnings.

Thank you that we can share, MB

Terry said...

Howdy
Yummy !!!!!!
Wow how easy and delicious.
Thank you for sharing today.
Have a marvelous week.
Happy Trails

LV said...

What delicious looking goodies you have shared. I do not cook much any more, bur sure would like to have one of yours. Thanks for visiting my post.

kbbryant said...

Oooo, with blue cheese! Sounds great.

Kathy b

Sharon said...

Wow, your blog is so delicious!! Happy Mellow Yellow Monday!

Farmer Jo said...

Those look delish! I love that dough - I had no idea it was so easy to work with until I made my dad some birthday eclairs. These are going on my list of must tries (so many come from your site!)
Thanks for always visiting mine :)

Chandy said...

Sounds delicious! I'm barely learning how to bake so, this is in the "to do soon" list...

Natashya said...

This looks like such a delicious recipe. I have only made the Parmesan ones from R2R at New Years. I love blue cheese.

The Fajdich Times said...

I love blue cheese....I will have to try these.

Esi said...

I love gougeres. So addictive. These turned out great.

Debinhawaii said...

They would satisfy me, they look so good and I love the blue cheese in them--yum!

Kelmonkey said...

Wow - these look gorgeous! The problem is, will the guests even get a chance to eat them?

Cathy said...

What tasty little bites. Light and full of flavor. Looks delish, Mary.

Kathleen said...

They look wonderful! I must try them!
Thanks for the recipe, Mary...

Jude said...

Chicken broth in savory baked goods? Why have I never thought of this? Makes SO much sense.

free online adventure games said...

Wow for a moment I thought this was a recipe for a puff with cream cheese filling. But I really wouldn't mind the cheese worked through the dough instead. This would be a good savoury treat/finger food for unexpected guests.

®osadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
domani voglio provare a fare questa ricetta... è veramente deliziosi a vedersi... devono essere ottimi come spuntino del pomeriggio !
Buon pomeriggio...

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