27 August 2012


On our recent trip to Oregon, we visited the famed Ponzi Vineyards.  Forrest bought me the beautiful Ponzi Vineyards Cookbook.  Part coffee table book, wine pairing guide, and cookbook, there are so many recipes that I can’t wait to try!
Gougeres are savory versions of puff pastry.  They pair perfectly with wine and serve as an excellent passed dish for a party.

Adapted from The Ponzi Vineyards Cookbook
  • 5/8 cup water
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Gruyere cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh chopped herbs
Preheat oven to 375.
In a saucepan, combine water and butter, bring to boil.  Remove saucepan from heat, add the flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.  Return to low heat, continuing to mix until the dough pulls away from the pan, feels soft, and doesn’t stick to your fingers.
Cool slightly and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg.  The mixture will become smooth, with a texture similar to heavy mayonnaise.  Continue beating and cheese, salt, and herbs. 
Using a small cookie scoop, drop uniform teaspoons onto lined baking sheets.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve immediately.