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Cheese And Bacon Gougères
Don’t be intimidated by the french name, Cheese And Bacon Gougères are basically little puffy balls made with Gruyere cheese and bacon. Each one is packed with so much flavor that they don’t need a dipping sauce or filling. Serve them at Game Time and your guests will definitely ask for more.
When it comes to game day appetizers, I like to mix it up and serve different items from all types of cuisines. My only rule of thumb is that the food must be able to be eaten without utensils. In essence, finger food is obligatory when it comes to game day appetizers. These Cheese And Bacon Gougères are best when they come out of the oven. You’ll see how delicious and crisp they turn out.
The reason why these Cheese And Bacon Gougères are so puffy is because they are made with Choux Pastry which is essentially a dough that is cooked and then mixed with eggs to create this wonderful effect. It’s super easy to make! Choux Pastry is the same dough used to make Profiteroles and Cream Puffs. Here’s step by step photos of the process:
The Choux Pastry starts first in the stove, goes to the mixer and ends up in the oven. It sounds like a lot, but each step takes less than 5 minutes so you can make them in no time. Look at the little specks of bacon in the picture below:
A great tip is to make the dough in advance and bake them right before serving.
I hope you can make these delicious Cheese And Bacon Gougères at home. If you do, please tag me on Instagram @livingsweetmoments and/or use the hashtag #LivingSweet – I promise to Repost it.
- 1 1/4 Cups of All purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon of sugar
- 1 Stick of butter unsalted
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
- 1 1/2 Cups of Gruyere cheese grated
- 4 strips of bacon
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Cup of Water
- Parmesan Cheese for sprinkling on top
Preheat Oven to 425 Degrees Fahrenheit
In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat
Place cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra grease. Chop in little pieces and cool
In a medium saucepan, cook the water, nutmeg, salt, sugar and butter until the liquid comes to a simmer. Lower the heat
Quickly add all the flour at once and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is no longer visible. Keep stirring until the dough detaches from the sides. About 2 minutes
Remove from heat and add the Gruyere cheese and bacon. Stir until combined and cheese melts
Add the dough to the mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for around 2 minutes or until the dough cools off
Add the eggs one by one beating well after each addition
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats
Use an ice cream scoop to shape the dough into balls. You can also shape them by hand
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of each ball
Bake for around 20 minutes or until the Gougères are puffed up and golden