Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cheddar Cheese Gougeres with Bacon

Cheddar Cheese Gougeres with Bacon

(recipe from the Food Network)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter  ***
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup grated S.D. Strong 4 Year Old Cave Aged Cheddar  ***
1/2 cup cooked and finely chopped William Bros. Smoked Bacon   ***
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or rosemary)
Freshly ground black pepper

*** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup water, the butter and salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and add the flour all at once. Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon; the mixture will form a dough ball that will pull away from the sides of the pan. Continue to cook for a couple minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for a couple of minutes. Stir so that the dough cools more evenly; you want the dough to be warm, but not so hot that when you start adding the eggs they cook as they hit the dough. In a mixer or by hand with a wooden spoon, add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition until the eggs are incorporated. The dough should become rather creamy. Stir in the grated cheese, bacon, thyme and a few grinds of pepper.

Spoon out small balls (about a heaping tablespoon) of the dough onto the baking sheet, with at least an inch separating the spoonfuls. Cook for 10 minutes; lower the heat to 350 degrees F and cook until puffed up and lightly golden, another 15 to 20 minutes.

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