Artisanal Gougères

Menu Part: 
Appetizer
Cuisine Type: 
French
Serves: 
3

An appetizer that impresses, but is not difficult to make. These are small puffs of golden cheese goodness, are light, airy and melt-in-the mouth.

Ingredients

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1⁄4 cup milk
1⁄4 cup water
1⁄8 tsp. sea salt
1⁄8 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1⁄8 tsp. baking powder
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 eggs, beaten
1⁄2 cup grated Gruyère cheese
Additional milk, grated Parmesan cheese, and sea salt for topping

Steps

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, milk, water, salt, and pepper to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat and add the sifted flour and baking powder. Stir well and return to heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is dry, 1-2 min.

2. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl with a paddle. Paddle until mixture cools to warm temperature, about 8-10 min. With the motor running, slowly add the eggs and then the Gruyère cheese. Mix until smooth and shiny.

3. Spoon the batter into a pastry bag with a #3 tip; pipe into mounds 1 in. apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with milk; sprinkle with Parmesan and sea salt.

4. Bake at 375°F for 7-10 min., until a deep, golden-brown color. Serve warm. Or hold at room temperature up to 2 hr. and reheat briefly.

Source: Recipe from Chef Terrance Brennan

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
delivery

We offer a food delivery service to students who are too sick to eat at the dining halls. Oftentimes when we’re sick, we want simple, bland food that’s easy to digest. We also include a bottle of water since staying hydrated is super important. Students who have used the sick meal program are very grateful that we offer this service because they don’t have to stress over how they’re going to eat when they’re too sick to come into the dining halls. The program is also important in preventing the spread of illness.

Ideas and Innovation
smoothie

Nurses often mention that at 2 p.m. they are dragging and just trying to get through their 12-hour shift. This winter I will be implementing a 2 p.m. pick-me-up, which will include a smoothie station where they can create their own smoothie to help get them through their shift. It will be filled with energy-boosting ingredients to personalize their own drink, such as bananas, almonds, spinach and even dark chocolate.

Ideas and Innovation
chili

Winter is when our guests frequently crave something comforting and hearty, and chili is great for that. Our plan is to boost guest engagement this winter by inviting them to design a unique chili experience. The guest chooses the type of chili first, then the vessel: bowl, bread or potato. Next, they customize their dish even further by choosing the toppings, which will be categorized as traditional, creamy, crunch or heat. The wild card, crunch and heat categories, are where my team and I will flex our creativity and highlight different flavors, ingredients or techniques.

Ideas and Innovation
new year party

In search of inspiration for this letter, I turned to the one I wrote for January 2017, in which I griped about some trends I wanted to toss in the new year. Twelve months later, the Sriracha trend has calmed down, food trucks seem slightly less pervasive and, while the definition of “clean” eating continues to evolve, it’s not so laser-focused on GMOs. So it seems my predictions were correct, including the one about where I’d be eating on New Year’s Day (though I had no clue my now-fiance would propose to me that night over duck noodle soup).

However, since this year has been...

FSD Resources