Sunday, March 27, 2011

Italian Gougères

Traditionally of French cuisine, Gougères are tasty little puffs that can be served as a side dish or appetizer.  They are made using choux pastry dough and usually have Gruyere cheese in them.  However, last night when I was making Shrimp Fra Diavolo (recipe will be posted soon), I decided to make an Italian version of these tasty puffs to eat along with my pasta.
Italian (Parmesan) Gougères
Ingredients:
-1 recipe Choux Pastry
-1 cup Parmesan Cheese, plus more for sprinkling (or any cheese you prefer)
-Salt and pepper
-Garlic powder for sprinkling (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a pan with parchment paper. 

Prepare your Choux Pastry.  Once the dough is ready, mix in the cup of Parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper.  

Scoop the dough into a pastry bag and pipe out little 1 to 1 1/2 inch mounds of dough onto your baking sheet.  Sprinkle with garlic powder if using, and a little Parmesan cheese.  
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the puffs feel hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Turn off the oven and let cool in the oven for a few minutes.  Remove puffs and allow them to finish cooling.  Serve warm along a tasty pasta dish and enjoy! 

Note: If you do not use right away, they can be stored in an airtight container.  When ready to eat just place them in a 350 degree F oven for a few minutes so that they can warm and crisp up again. 


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17 comments:

  1. I love, love, love this post!

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  2. Amazing recipe. I never had this or even heard of these puffs before. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Your gougeres sound fabulous! Great idea!

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  4. Gougeres are delish; love your Italian twist!

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  5. These look so good. I love the fact that you made an Italian version of gougeres! hehehe I am sure they tasted great, they look so fluffy on the inside! :-)

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  6. Thank you - they made my kitchen smell awesome!

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  7. Elyse, we LOVE gougères in our house and your Italian version is certainly something we should try. Nice touch with the garlic on top. Look forward to seeing your other recipe, too. Sounds fab!

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  8. Gorgeous! We love gougeres, too, and I love your delicious variation!

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  9. I wasn't aware of these puffs. They look beautiful and crispy yet soft at the same time. No wonder i love the foodie world, i always learn something new from wonderful bloggers like you :)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  10. Oh those make me soooooo hungry. I will HAVE to try these

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  11. Hi Elyse! I love bread, I mean, I really really love bread! This looks wonderful. I have to check your other recipes now. Hmm I'm so hungry looking at your pictures at midnight!

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  12. Your gougeres look fabulous! I can eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delicious!

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  13. They look perfect and so yummy :) great post and pictures!

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  14. Love your take on gougeres! They look so light and fluffy. I have to get around to trying a choux dough, soon!

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  15. They turned out perfect and I can imagine how great they tasted with pasta.

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  16. YUMMY!!! As soon as I saw the title "with an Italian Twist" I knew it was the cheese that you changed up :) I do that too ... but not with parmesan... I use white cheese, almost exactly like feta, and I call them Macedonian Gougeres! :)

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