Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

These two-cheese (Gruyere and Parmesan) bites—originally from France—are a great appetizer to include on your dinner table for any occasion.


  • ½ cup water, plus more if needed

  • ½ stick unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk for brushing

  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (¼ cup)

  • 2 ounces Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated (¾ cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 1/2 cup water, the butter, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until butter melts and mixture boils. Remove from heat, and stir in flour with a wooden spoon. Return pan to medium heat, and cook, stirring, until mixture pulls away from side of pan and forms a film on bottom, about 4 minutes.

  2. Transfer batter to a bowl, and beat with a mixer on low speed until slightly cooled, about 2 minutes. Raise speed to medium, and add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Beat 1 minute more. Batter should be shiny and form a string when pulled up with a finger; if string doesn't form, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it does. Stir in Parmesan.

  3. Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as Ateco #806). Pipe about 30 mounds (1 inch in diameter) 1 inch apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush with egg yolk, and sprinkle each with about 1/2 teaspoon Gruyere.

  4. Bake until gougeres are puffed and lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out dry, 20 to 25 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    cheese puffs
    Frederic Lagrange
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