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These elegant Blue Cheese Gougères are a French appetizer that will disappear quickly! Cheese Puffs made from choux pastry are impossible to resist!  Our neighbors inhaled these when I brought them to a neighborhood gathering a couple weeks ago. If you’re looking for a new appetizer, these Cheese Puffs are destined to impress!

This French recipe is a classic typically made with a Swiss cheese like Gruyere, but equally as delicious with piquant blue cheese.

Blue Cheese Gougères in a small white bowl

Blue Cheese Gougères or Cheese Puffs

Bill is always a good sport when it comes to culinary adventures.  When we were in Vancouver a couple summers ago, I made a reservation for the two of us to dine at Lumiere, a chic and elegant, now-defunct French restaurant.  I have very little recollection of our menu except for the beet chocolate cake for dessert, which hubby thought was blasphemous. And the the blue cheese gougères, which were heavenly puffs of deliciousness. I had to make these cheese puffs at home.

Blue Cheese Gougères on a small white plate

Pâte à Choux

Thank goodness I grew up making cream puffs from the same pâte à choux dough that’s used to make these French cheese puffs. So the method was not daunting, but there’s still a bit of a learning curve if you’re new to this French recipe. These gougères are a simple pâte à choux dough with blue cheese and a pinch of cayenne.

To put it simply, pâte à choux dough is a pastry dough containing only butter, water, flour and eggs. The “puff” comes from their high moisture content, including eggs, instead of any specific leavener. They’re best baked in a hot oven to allow them to puff! Cream puffs often have a pinch of sugar if used for desserts and gougères have cheese mixed into the dough. There are other desserts are made with choux pastry like this Paris Brest, named for a French bicycle race.

Cheese puffs on a small white place with one broken open to expose the interior

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Gougeres and How Do You Pronounce Gougeres?

Gougeres are savory choux pastry usually made with a Swiss cheese like Gruyere, Compte or Emmentaler. A twist on the classic, this recipe diverted from the norm and used a blue cheese instead. This French culinary term is pronounced goo-ZHAIR.

Can You Reheat Gougeres?

Yes, you can make these cheese puffs up to 5 hours ahead of time. Reheat in a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes.

Can You Freeze Gougeres?

Yes! Pipe out the choux pastry onto a parchment lined baking pan. Place the pan in the freezer covered with plastic wrap until dough is frozen. Place frozen dough into a freezer safe bag for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees, place frozen gougeres dough on a baking sheet, and bake  a bit longer than called for with fresh dough.

How to Make French Cheese Puffs

The procedure is straight forward. But until you’ve seen the choux pastry dough come together, it’s hard to know if you’re on track or not.

First, combine liquids, butter and seasoning in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Have the flour, eggs and blue cheese measured and next to your stove top.

Next, turn down the heat and add the flour. With a wooden spoon stir the mixture until it comes together in a large clump. Turn off the heat.

Reserve a tablespoon of the eggs to glaze the cheese puffs.

With the pan on the warm, yet off burner, add about 1/3 of the eggs and stir vigorously. As the eggs incorporate, add the next third, and repeat. The mixture will be sloppy, but keep stirring until the dough comes together. Then stir in the blue cheese.

Use a medium cookie disher or two spoons to scoop out rounds of dough onto the prepared pan. Brush each gougere with egg wash, then bake as directed.

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This recipe was first posted in August, 2011. Text and photos were updated in 2019.

Blue Cheese Gougères

Blue Cheese Gougères

Tasty French Cheese Puffs made with cream puff dough.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of salt
  • A generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375º.  Line baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.  Stir till butter is melted.  Stir in flour, and reduce heat to medium low.  Continue stirring until dough forms a large clump, about a minute.  Remove from heat.

Whisk eggs together in mixing cup.  Remove 1 tablespoon and set aside.  Add eggs, about a third at a time to flour mixture, stirring constantly till incorporated...and to avoid scrambling the egg.  Dough will be sticky.  Stir in blue cheese.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet.  Brush each with reserved egg yolk and with finger moistened with water, gently pat down any pointed tops.

Bake till puffed, golden and dry, about 30-35 minutes.  Serve warm.

Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit.

Can be frozen for up to a week and reheated in a 350º oven for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 96mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Friends with whom we shared these cheese puffs
Dear friends who shared these French Cheese Puffs with us on the way to a dinner adventure in 2011!
 
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64 comments on “Blue Cheese Gougères”

  1. I adore gougères, but have never made them with blue cheese. These are happening this holiday season! Perfect party fare.

  2. These look so delicious! Perfect to serve with any meal. Thanks for another great recipe! 

  3. These were really delicious! Everyone at my house loved it! I can’t wait to make it again!

  4. I was a little hesitant about the dough but it came together beautifully and these tasted really good!

  5. These would be awesome for the upcoming Christmas season! What a great appetizer to go with wine. Thanks for another one of your awesome recipes Liz! I don’t get around to reading my favourite blogs very often it seems nor posting any of my own these days. Sigh! Do you have a recipe for slowing down time?? lol.

  6. Liz, you’ve reminded me that it’s been way too long since I’ve made gougeres. And I love this recipe with the blue cheese flavor! And yes, I’ve taken them to our neighborhood wine nights. They go fast. Thanks for this recipe.

  7. Liz these look super delicious. I have never tried these with blue cheese before but that would be so good! Perfect little party treats. Hope your weekend is going well.

  8. I am having company for dinner Saturday night (11/2) and was going to make gougeres anyway. They are adventurous eaters so will make your blue cheese beauties instead.

  9. You make the most beautiful gougeres, Liz. I know my family would inhale them too! 

  10. You always make little delicacies look so easy and delectable–I’d happily take at least five bites of these right now, Liz! Seriouslyyyyy.

  11. I love cheese puffs, these are the most perfect bite and holiday appetizer!

  12. These are a great change from just having bread on the holiday table. Bobby is talking about doing a rib roast, so what could be a better fit. Thanks Liz!

  13. these are my favorite to order out, but I have a sneaking suspicion they are more than 240 calories at a restaurant:glad i can make this at home now it would be a hit in our house definitely going to give it a try

  14. Thank you so much for the correct pronunciation because I didn’t have a clue. Appetizers like these usually get me into trouble but it’s worth it. Who could just eat one, or two? We don’t always have appetizers before a holiday meal but if we do this year I vote for these.

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