For someone who can eat her weight in bread and clearly can’t afford to, 5 little morsels of these delicious puffs at just about 60 calories are the way to go!
I love making a batch of these for weekend breakfast with eggs and bacon. Though traditionally, they are served as little cheese puff appetizers at a meal.
Like all seemingly simple dishes, they have a bit of technique to them and demand you follow the instructions to the letter, for fabulous results.
If you don’t, chances are you’ll end up with a runny batter (instead of dough) and have to call them the latest fashion in cheese crackers. Hey, works for me!
The basis of these lovelies is simple:
Grate some fabulous Swiss Gruyere cheese before you get started on the stove. If you don’t too much water would have evaporated while you get your act together.
Once you’ve done so,
European butter, water, smoked paprika and salt come together to a simmer and as soon as the butter melts, vigorously stir in flour with a wooden spoon until a dough ball is formed.
Immediately remove to a Pyrex bowl to cool – slap it around to release steam. Slowly add in whisked eggs, incorporating with a immersion stand blender stick.
Stir in cheese and fresh thyme. Using a zip-loc bag pipe into small cherry tomato mounds on baking sheet and voilà!
Bake as per instructions and you have some fab cheese puffs that look like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen while in reality it’s taken all of 20 minutes.
These are best served warm so pipe onto sheet and pop into the oven only when guests arrive and drinks are served.
Also, if this is your first time making these, use an aged cheese and use only LARGE eggs not extra large. Moisture is not your friend you see and since the extra large eggs have a higher water content it may result in deflated puffs which have great personality and you may be able to get away with provided you serve with Parisienne flair.
As long winded as my description may be, they come together in a jiffy and the only problem you’ll have when they come out of the oven is stopping eating at 1 or 2 or 20.
Sorry guests, none left for you!