Gougères: A Classic French Cheese Puff



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


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. In a medium saucepan heat milk, butter and seasonings over medium heat until scalded.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Shape dough into puffs using two spoons to scoop out mixture into one inch diameter balls.

  7. Place puffs on baking sheets approx. 1 ½ inches apart (puffs will increase in size when baked).

  8. Shape puffs into rounds with damp fingers.

  9. Brush tops of each puff lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with cheese.

  10. Bake puffs in hot oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

  11. Serve and enjoy!