Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad

YieldServes 10

Active Time1 Hour

Total Time1 Hour 30 Mins

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If you love to entertain, this is a great recipe to know by heart. Not only are these crisp little cheese puffs easy to freeze and bake off at a moment’s notice, no one can turn them down. These light and airy puffs are delicious on their own and even better filled with tangy Ham Salad.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Ham Salad

Preparation

    Step 1

    Preheat oven to 450°F. Whisk together flour, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne in a small bowl. Bring water and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high, stirring to melt butter. Remove from heat; add flour mixture all at once, and stir vigorously until mixture is smooth and thick, like mashed potatoes. Transfer to large bowl, and let stand 3 minutes. Beat dough with an electric mixer on low speed until dough no longer steams and is just warm to the touch, about 1 minute. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on medium-high speed until dough is smooth and creamy after each addition. Add cheese, and beat until combined.

    Step 2

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Use a 1/2-ounce ice-cream scoop or 2 spoons to portion dough into walnut-size mounds (about 1 tablespoon) 1 inch apart onto prepared baking sheet.

    Step 3

    Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F, and continue baking until Cheese Puffs are puffed, deep golden brown, and dry to the touch, 15 to 20 more minutes. (They should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.)

    Step 4

    Cool on baking sheet 3 minutes; split with a serrated knife. Spoon about 1 tablespoon Ham Salad into each, and replace the tops. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Originally published on Southern Living, Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad.