Wine Pairing Suggestions
Also known as Gougères, or Pâte à Choux, this simple appetizer pairs beautifully with sparkling wine. Throughout France, Gougères are frequently served as an appetizer before a dinner party. Champagne is a typical hostess gift and gougères makes the perfect pairing.
Makes 30 bite sized cheese puffs
1 cup milk
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon kosher salt + 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (optional)
Pinch of nutmeg
1 cup flour
4 extra large eggs
½ cup grated Gruyère cheese + extra for sprinkling
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 egg + 1 teaspoon water for egg wash
1/3 pound prosciutto
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a medium saucepan heat milk, butter and seasonings over medium heat until scalded.
- Add flour all at once and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture comes together. Continue to cook over low heat for another 2 minutes.
- Put mixture immediately into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add eggs and cheeses, and pulse until dough is smooth and thick (eggs should be well incorporated).
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Shape dough into puffs using two spoons to scoop out mixture into one inch diameter balls.
- Place puffs on baking sheets approx. 1 ½ inches apart (puffs will increase in size when baked).
- Shape puffs into rounds with damp fingers.
- Brush tops of each puff lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake puffs in hot oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!