(Without grainy mustard brushed on top.)

This recipe is part of Feeding A Crowd: French(ish!) Birthday.

I discovered this recipe on TheKitchn, and oh. my. goodness. Just lovely.


(WITH grainy mustard brushed on top.)

I highly recommend you run RIGHTNOW and make some. Lots. Infinite hoards of cheesy bready amazingnessitude.

Cheese Gougères
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Grainy mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Combine water, butter, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in flour, all at once.
  4. Continue stirring vigorously (it'll look a bit like mushy potatoes)
  5. Put the pan back on low to medium heat and stir for 5 minutes until the dough dries out a little bit. It's ready when it is thick, shiny, and you can stand your spoon up in it.
  6. Remove from heat and set up your hand mixer.
  7. Beat dough on medium speed for one minute, then add eggs (while mixing) one at a time until combined.
  8. Beat in cheese.
  9. Scoop small balls of dough onto a baking sheet.
  10. Using a silicon brush, paint tops of dough balls with mustard.
  11. Bake for five minutes, then turn oven down to 350.
  12. Continue baking for ten minutes.
  13. Rotate pan 180 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  14. These will be puffy and golden (like the pictures above) when they are done.
  15. (Good luck keeping yourself from gobbling them up before they can leave the kitchen).
  16. Serve immediately.
  17. Enjoy!


Wanna check out the rest of the French(ish!)-inspired menu? Try one of these!

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