These little French appetizers will make anyone fall in love with you. Filled with melting, nutty Gruyere cheese, hot from the oven, Gougeres (pronounced Goo-jaire) will heat up your love life! These are by no means healthy or diet-friendly morsels. Gougeres are an indulgence to share with your special someone along with a glass of dry, crisp champagne or sparkling wine.

Servings: Makes 3 dozen
Time: 30 minutes active; about one hour total

1 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter or soy-based butter, like Earth Balance
1 tsp salt, divided
1 1/2 – 2 1/2 cups flour
5 eggs
1 cup Gruyere cheese, about 1/3 lb, diced
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, scant 1/4 lb, grated

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine water, butter and 1/2 tsp salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
3. Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour and mix well. Return pan to the heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add the diced cheese, remaining 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Stir well. You may need to add up to another whole cup of flour depending on the consistency. It should be almost like a cookie dough. If it’s too soft, they will spread out too much during baking.
5. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Bake in batches for 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve warm.

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Writer Bio: Adrienne Capps loves food and is a vegetarian–she doesn’t believe these things are mutually exclusive. A vegetarian for the past nine years, Adrienne created Vegetarianized.com as a way to share her passion for eating, drinking, and cooking–and to make vegetarianism more accessible. The blog transforms meat dishes into vegetarian or improves vegetarian recipes and puts the results up in a weekly post called the Sunday Serving on the blog and at the Facebook Group, Vegetarianized. Adrienne is also a food writer, teaches cooking classes in Davis and is an amateur caterer. Upcoming classes and recent articles are found on the blog home page.