Paula of Bell’Alimento shares a cheesy good Gourgeres pastry recipe – a perfectly delicious bite-size appetizers for holiday guests!
Gourgeres are a fancy terms for cheesy pillows of goodness. Or at least that’s my translation. They are a wonderful addition to any and all holiday parties you might be planning. They come together quickly and the add-ins can be switched up at a moment’s notice. Today we’ve added a combination of blended mushrooms and thyme which are divine.
Speaking of switching it up, for instance, don’t have mozzarella on hand? Try adding grated Fontina or Edam cheese for a twist. We used a blend of button mushrooms and baby bella mushrooms but any blend of fresh mushrooms would be equally delicious.
It’s pretty much impossible to just eat one of these little beauties so it’s a good thing it makes about 32 little bites.
These are best eaten warm so save them to bake just before the guests arrive.
Cheesy Mushroom Gourgeres
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 8 ounces mushrooms (blended) – finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
- ½ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425º F.
- In a large saute pan heat oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook until softened. Set aside to cool.
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine ½ cup of water, milk, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Immediately add the flour. Stir quickly into the mixture with a wooden spoon until the dough pulls away from the pan and forms a ball, cooking for an additional minute while stirring.
- Remove dough from heat and place into stand mixer. Allow to cool. Mix in eggs one at a time, mix until combined. Add cheese, mushroom mixture and mix until combined.
- Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, drop rounds approximately 2” apart onto baking sheets lined with parchment.
- Bake for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 375 and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes OR until golden brown.
- Serve warm.