Cooking with Kyle: Cheddar cheese puffs

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These impressive, easy appetizers are a sure hit! They’re great to occupy guests while you finish preparing dinner, and wonderful as an hors d’oeuvre at a party. They may be made in advance and frozen; simply reheat at 350 degrees until hot.

Ingredients 

  • 1 stick (1/4 lb) butter
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 C flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C grated sharp cheddar
  • 2 t chopped, fresh Rosemary or Thyme (or 1 t dried)
  • 1/2 t ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t smoked paprika

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for faster cleanup.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan, place water, butter and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Dump in flour and stir quickly. Dough should form a “ball,” pulling away from sides of pot.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly blended and the dough has a creamy, smooth consistency. Fold in cheese, herbs, pepper and paprika.
  6. Drop dough by generous teaspoonfuls on lined bakery sheet – allow roughly 1” between dough balls.
  7. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until Puffs are golden.
  8. Serve hot from oven. If freezing, allow to cool before placing into freezer bags. Will keep frozen for up to two months.

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