Lemon and Scallion Gougeres

Posted on by on May 29th, 2011 | 18 Comments »

I love popovers. It all started at Neiman Marcus in Miami. The restaurant there would serve fresh warm popovers with strawberry butter before your meal. They were good. Really, really good. The crunchy outside puffed up with the almost hollow airy inside, my mouth is watering just writing about them.

These gougeres remind me of my beloved popovers. They too are a hollow roll made out of an egg batter that puff up with air while cooked.

The wonderful thing about gougeres are they are bite sized and perfect for entertaining.

My friend Katherine and her husband were having a cocktail party and I made these to bring along. The recipe is  from Martha Stewart and I hardly made any changes to it, I mean it’s a Martha Stewart recipe, why would you change it?

These savory puffs of dough that are dotted in scallions have a wonderful hint of lemon that brings another layer of flavor. They are simple to make and the recipe makes enough to serve a small group. If not using all the dough you can freeze in an airtight container for up to a month.

Ingredients (makes about 60)

6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
3/4  flour
5 eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
3 scallions, finely chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F.
In a heavy pot, bring 1 cup water, butter, salt, to a boil and boil until butter has melted.
Remove from heat and stir in flour.
Return to burner and cook, stirring constantly until mixture comes together and pulls away from the pan, about 2 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and beat in 4 eggs, 1 at a time with a wooden spoon.
When eggs are incorporated and smooth, stir in zest and scallions.
Transfer dough to a piping bag, and cut a 1/2-inch opening.
Pipe 1-inch rounds onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Whisk together remaining egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl and lightly brush on top of each puff.
Bake until lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes.


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18 Comments

  1. Posted on: 5-29-2011

    These sound wonderful. I have a recipe for gruyere gourgeres that I’m planning to whip up tomorrow. I can’t wait to try it out!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-30-2011

      Thanks Cassie! Gruyere gourgeres sound so so good!!

  2. Posted on: 5-29-2011

    Looks delicious! Perfect with a salad or as apetizer!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-30-2011

      Thanks Valerie! My husband and I had a few of the leftovers with a salad.

  3. Posted on: 5-29-2011

    I’ve only made cheese flavored gougeres…but these sound like an excellent option…YUMMY!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-30-2011

      Thanks Liz. I saw a bunch of recipes for cheese gourgeres that sound delicious

  4. Posted on: 5-29-2011

    These are fantastic any time of the day..I love how light it looks, and what a wonderful combination of flavors!
    Lovely photos!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-30-2011

      Thanks Sandra! They are super light and the flavors are perfect!

  5. Posted on: 5-29-2011

    Great idea for a dinner party or a buffet! I love the lemon zest in it, I am sure it will give these gougeres a fantastic zesty flavor!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-30-2011

      Thanks Manu! They are perfect for company!

  6. Posted on: 5-30-2011

    I adore popovers. I love these – the combination of flavors just pop! (no pun intended, I promise).

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-30-2011

      Thanks Belinda 🙂 The flavors really do pop!!

  7. Posted on: 5-30-2011

    OMG… Beth… I also LOVE the popovers from Rotunda!!! They have amazing warm popovers and the strawberry butter is amazing! I go to the one in San Francisco. I love their lobster sandwich too…ok back to your Gourgeres. I never heard of this but if you say this remind of those popovers, I am keeping this recipe in case I feel like baking. Arrrhhh now I can’t sleep thinking about popovers. I’m so happy we like the same thing!! 🙂

  8. BethMichelle
    Posted on: 5-30-2011

    Nami!! I love lobster sandwiches too!! Yum, they are definitely something I miss being in Israel! You should try these if you love popovers. They are so so good!! I will have to make actual popovers soon, I have been thinking about them ever since this post!

  9. Posted on: 5-30-2011

    I never made popovers nor gougeres, but you practically invite me to try them! 🙂
    Really nice and they seem perfect for finger food!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2011

      Giulietta, you would love them!!!

  10. Posted on: 5-31-2011

    These were so good! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-31-2011

      Katherine, so happy you liked them!!

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