Gougeres French Cheese Appetizers

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
240 Calories
19g Fat
7g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 240
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 9g
Calcium 188mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Gougeres are delicate, miniature cheese puffs. They are a popular addition to Bastille Day celebrations and brilliant eaten with a Pastis aperitif.


  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter (cut into ½-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese (Gruyere, shredded)
  • 3 tablespoons cheese (Parmesan, grated)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter, and salt to a rapid, rolling boil. Make sure all the butter is melted, and then add flour.

  3. Stir the mixture for 20 to 30 seconds, until a sticky dough ball forms and begins pulling away from the sides of the pan.

  4. Reduce heat to low-medium heat and cook, stirring, for 90 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes.

  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time, along with cheeses and seasonings.

  6. Place heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets 1 inch apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, for 25 to 30 minutes. The gougeres are done when they are a deep golden brown and puffed. Serve immediately.

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