Gougeres (Cheese Puffs)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 oz. Gruyère cheese, grated
 

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 425°. Bring milk, butter, salt, and ½ cup water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat. Add flour; stir until dough forms. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring dough constantly with a wooden spoon, until slightly dried, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; using a hand mixer, beat in 1 egg until smooth. Repeat with remaining eggs, beating each one at a time, until dough is smooth; stir in cheese.
  2. Using a large tablespoon, drop balls of dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Place in oven; reduce temperature to 375°. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes

MAKES ABOUT  2½ DOZEN