Gougères Recipe in 5 Easy Steps

French Wine Explorers | Tuesday, Sep 1st 2020

Gougères Recipe in 5 Easy Steps

You know that feeling when you want to offer some appetizers but don’t know what to serve beyond chips and dip? Here is an easy gougères recipe (pronounced goo-jairs) that is a real crowd pleaser. Plus you can make a larger batch to freeze for that last minute get together, or even to enjoy with a salad for a light dinner!

Gougères have a long history of pairing with wine. They originate from Burgundy, where locals have been these light cheese puffs since the eighteenth century. They are typically served as an appetizer with a glass of wine with a wine tasting.

Gougères in 5 Easy steps

Time needed: 50 minutes.

Easy Gougères Recipe
1 cup water
3/4 stick of salted butter
1 1/4 cups plain flour
2 cups of Emmenthal or Swiss cheese
4 eggs
dash of nutmeg
1 egg yolk for glazing
dash of salt and pepper

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Make the batter

    In a medium saucepan, bring the water and butter to boil. Add the flour, stirring very fast and take immediately off the heat.
    Keep stirring until you form a soft ball.
    Add the eggs, one at a time and stir, by the last one the batter should be smooth.
    Add the cheese, salt and pepper, making a dewy batter.

  3. Preparing for oven

    Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
    You have 2 options: either piping or shaping, to add the gougeres to the tray.
    Piping: put in a pastry bag with standard tip and pipe walnut sized mounds.
    Shaping: spoon and shape with 2 teaspoons to form a walnut sized ball.

  4. Glaze and bake

    Glaze with the egg yolk for a beautiful baked finish. Sprinkle the puffs lightly with grated cheese.

  5. Bake and enjoy!

    Bake for about 25 minutes until puffy and golden, serve immediately.

If you refrigerate or freeze them, simply heat on high in oven for 5-7 minutes.

Best white wine pairings are from Burgundy: try a Chablis, Pernand-Vergelesses or a Cremant de Bourgogne.