Chef John's Party Cheese Puffs

Chef John's Party Cheese Puffs

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Chef John 23810

"These beautiful cheese puffs, gougeres, are as easy as they are delicious. Usually Gruyere cheese is used but I had some very sharp farmhouse Cheddar cheese in the fridge, so I decided to use that. As long as you are using a very sharp, full-flavored cheese I don't think you can go wrong. I love gougeres with Gruyere, but I think the extra-sharp Cheddar was just as good."
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40 m servings 84 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 84 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.2g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 69 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Stir water, butter, and salt together in a pot; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and whisk flour into butter mixture until a paste-like dough forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer dough to a bowl to cool until warm, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk 1 egg, thyme, and black pepper into cooled dough until egg is completely incorporated. Add remaining egg and whisk until completely incorporated into dough. Stir 3/4 the cheese into dough until combined. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Top each with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and puffed, 15 to 20 minutes.


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Made them exactly as the recipe says. They turned out nice, but we just didn't like the flavor. Maybe they would be better with some sort of filling. I may try them again with different cheeses,...

Thanks for another great recipe Chef John. I have yet to make one of your recipes that we didn't love. Some people will say I shouldn't be rating this because I change the ingredients. I used ...

I think this is a great recipe... yummy/fluffy. I did add garlic salt.. that's it

They were good. Good enough to make again probably, but I am used to giving Chef John five stars.

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