“Everything” gougeres are an easy, do-ahead appetizer that “everyone” will love!

Appetizers are the MOST fun, am I right? As far as I’m concerned I could go straight from cocktail hour to dessert, and skip the main course entirely! So I was super excited to be asked to once again participate in Project Design, with Annie, Mary Ann and Cindy (if you recall I’ve collaborated in the past on cheese boards and grilled recipes)!

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The theme this time around is appetizers, and I’ve got a good one.

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Cheese puffs – aka “gougeres” (pronounced “goo-ZHer”) – are an easy, foolproof appetizer that require ZERO special equipment or ingredients. Gougeres are made from pate a choux (pronounced “pat ah shoo”), a batter that consists simply of flour, water, butter and eggs. When sweetened, pate a choux becomes the base for treats like profiteroles, cream puffs and eclairs. But it can go savory too, when you add shredded cheese. The batter is piped into little mounds that puff up in the oven, creating crisp-on-the-outside, light-as-air-on-the-inside treats that literally fly off the tray.

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And there’s even more to love about them. You can pipe out the mounds and freeze them unbaked – simply pop them in the oven when ready to serve, and they will keep frozen for up to two months. And any kind of hard cheese will work so feel free to use whatever you have on-hand; no need to run to the store! AND they make a bunch, so you get a nice big yield for your very minimal effort. Basically this will be your new go-to holiday app.

For these gougeres I used Gruyere, and jazzed them up with a sprinkling of my favorite “everything” spice on top!

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If you’ve not made everything spice yet, you simply must – it takes 2 minutes to mix up and you will literally be putting it on everything (pretzels! croutons!). Make a big batch and divvy it up into little jars to give as gifts – who wouldn’t love that?

Scroll to the bottom to check out the other DELICIOUS appetizers that my fellow bloggers have shared!

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“Everything” Gougeres (scroll to the bottom of the recipe for do-ahead instructions)

1 cup water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup (about 4 ounces) grated Gruyere, plus additional for sprinkling
“everything” spice

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Bring the water, butter and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Place the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Pour the boiling water into the mixer and beat till the batter is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Let cool for 2 minutes. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time – beating till each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next. The batter will break up as you add each egg but will smooth out as you keep mixing. Add the Gruyere and beat till just incorporated.

Transfer the batter to a large ziploc or disposable pastry bag and snip a 1/2″ opening in the corner. Pipe tablespoon-sized mounds onto your prepared baking sheets and top each mound with some of the everything spice and the reserved Gruyere. Bake for 20 minutes or till golden brown. Serve immediately.

Do-ahead instructions: To make gougeres in advance, prepare and pipe the mounds as instructed, but place them close together so that you can get them all on one parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer till frozen, then transfer the mounds to an airtight container. Keep frozen. When ready to serve, pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the mounds (as many as you like; you can keep the rest frozen for up to two months) 1″ apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or till golden brown. Serve immediately.

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This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

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  1. Annie Diamond on December 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Sheri! These look so good! I’ve never made anything like it, but I love something I can make ahead and pop into the oven when I need it! I’ll be trying these when we have company next week!

    • sherisilver on December 5, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Do-aheads are KEY. And I don’t know why but I find that they puff up even more when baked from the freezer! #science xo

  2. cindy on December 5, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hi Sheri
    I always know when you join us you will knock it out of the park. My daughter in law made a similar recipe once (she is a fabulous cook) sans the everything spice. I am going to send this to her. This one sounds amazing! Thanks for joining us again you always have something wonderful to share!

    • sherisilver on December 5, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much for including me Cindy! It’s always so much fun collaborating with you all! xo

  3. kim on December 5, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Sheri these are beautiful. I think these would be so yummy with champagne. I have to try these for Christmas Eve. Love your blog. I have to check out all your recipes. Fun doing this with you. Kim

    • sherisilver on December 5, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you Kim! They are addictive and way more impressive than they are difficult – the best, right? Can’t wait to check out your blog too! 🙂

  4. Mary K on December 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Sheri, thanks for the Everything secret recipe! Been wondering about it because you see it everywhere. Quick question on the gougeres, what’s the yield when you pipe them about the size you show? Looks like 24, but wasn’t sure if you used the whole bag.

    Thanks! and Merry!

    • sherisilver on December 5, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      It’s so easy I’m almost embarrassed!!! As for the yield, you can get 4 – 4 1/2 dozen if you pipe them tablespoon-sized!

  5. Stefanie Wall on December 5, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Sheri, I cannot wait to make these! I can’t believe how easy they are and love that you can freeze them. I will definitely be serving them for our Christmas Eve party and will make them just for us in the meantime! Yum!

    • sherisilver on December 5, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Yay! They’re so easy that you don’t have to wait for a special occasion! 🙂

  6. Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com on December 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Gougeres are one of my favorite things but I’ve never even thought about using my favorite TJ’s “Everything But the Bagel” spices on them. What a brilliant idea that I will be making very soon!

    • sherisilver on December 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you! It is the most delicious combination! 🙂

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