CHEESE GOUGERES – the perfect appetizer to compliment a very French dinner.

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It was an important evening.  We were celebrating the joy of life with friends and family.  The dinner –  cassoulet ( three days in the creation of that rich French dish of beans, lamb and pork) with a green salad and for dessert crème brûlée.  The challenge  – the perfect appetizer to compliment this very French dinner.  It’s a fine balance.  I wanted to serve an appetizer that would not distract from the main course or heaven forbid – the dessert.

Gougères were the answer to this menu dilemma. My favorite way to serve gougères is adding cheese to the mixture.  You simply grate any hard or semi-hard cheese into your batter then spoon the mixture onto parchment lined baking sheets.  You can bake them immediately but a better choice  is freezing them.   Once frozen scoop them into freezer bags and store until needed.  No thawing necessary.  Simply follow the baking instructions and add a couple of minutes to the baking time. Then tumble these delectable morsels onto a gorgeous serving plate and watch them disappear.

You can bake the classic gougères and fill the delicate little darlings with a flavourful filling.  Think wild mushrooms in a creamy sauce.  Or finely chopped shrimp spiked with wasbi.   The choice is limitless.  Filled gougères freeze beautifully –  simply reheat in a 400F oven for about 15 minutes.

Join me MRS. BUTTERFINGERS in my kitchen and create magic with GOUGÈRES.

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5 thoughts on “CHEESE GOUGERES – the perfect appetizer to compliment a very French dinner.

  1. Easy for you! But perhaps I will give it a try – the pastry, not the French dinner! ha! However, all of your recipes that I have tried have been successful. I tell Husband, “Oh, this is Virginia’s recipe,” or “I’m making Virginia’s muffins.” Most of my cooking skills are purely South Texas but it is fun to experiment a little.

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