Goat Cheese and Herb Gougères
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1/2 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
optional grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, milk and salt and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the flour all at once. Whisk for a few minutes, then return the pan to the heat and continue whisking to dry the paste out slightly. Remove the heat from the pan again, switch to a wooden spoon, and add the eggs — one at a time — stirring to make sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the goat cheese and chopped fresh chives.
Bake each sheet, one at a time, in the 375 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes, until the tops are nicely browned and the gougères are puffed. Serve warm, or let cool completely and freeze in a well sealed bag. You can reheat in an oven on a baking sheet before you’re ready to serve.
Makes about 2 dozen.