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Smoked Cheddar & Ham Gougeres

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(NC) - For brunch, tea or special occasions, an elegant but simple hors d'oeurvre.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Baking Time: 30 minutes


    Smoked Cheddar & Ham Gougeres
  • 1 cup (250mL)  water
  • pinch of salt1/2 cup (125mL) Lactantia butter
  • 1 cup (250mL) all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup  (125mL) finely chopped smoked ham    
  • 1 cup (250mL) finely grated Balderson Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1 cup (250mL) coarsely grated Balderson Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese    


Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).

Bring water, salt, and butter to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly over low heat until mixture forms a ball and comes away from the side of the pan.  Cool for 3 minutes off heat. Add eggs one at a time, beating with spoon until fully incorporated into the mix. Stir in ham and finely grated Balderson Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese.

Use two tablespoons (30 mL) to place walnut-sized balls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheet. Wet fingers and gently flatten tops of the gougères. Dough may also be piped onto parchment to form 2-inch (5 cm) diameter rings.

Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining coarsely grated Balderson Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes. Cover lightly with foil if they seem to be browning too quickly. Serve warm.


Can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Serving Size: Makes 36 Servings

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