Bacon Garlic Gougères

Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic. They are so delicious, you won’t be able to stop snacking. The best part about making these gougères is they can be made in advance which is a huge time saver when planning for a dinner party. You can either make the dough earlier in the day and bake the gougères just before you need them or bake them a day ahead and reheat them right before serving.

Bacon Garlic Gougères

These gougères will become your new favorite snack!

They are full of cheesy goodness with bits of bacon and garlic speckled throughout. The inside is light and airy. They are just darn right irresistible.

I’ve worked pate choux dough before. It’s the base of my apple pie profiteroles and cappuccino eclairs. But I have never used it to make a savory snack until now.

Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic.

Stumbling upon Gougères was like stumbling upon gold! They are insanely good.

The best part is you can make them and store them in the freezer. This is perfect for when you need a quick snack.

Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic.

How to Make Bacon Garlic Gougères

The dough is your basic cream puff dough made with butter, salt, water, flour, and eggs. The process begins on the stove top where you’ll melt the butter in water with a little salt. Stir in the dough and cook it until it is no longer sticky. It will clump together and form a ball. Eggs are then added one at a time. Make sure to mix the egg in thoroughly before adding the next one.

After the eggs are all mixed in it’s time to add flavor: Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic. Gruyère cheese is the common cheese used for gougères but you can use any type of cheese you prefer.

Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic.

Once the dough is made, scoop it out with a small cookie scoop and place in on a parchment lined baking sheet. I like to use a 1 tablespoon-sized scoop but you can make them bigger or smaller. After portioning out all the dough, I like to roll it into smooth balls. This is totally optional though.

Brush the tops with a little egg wash just before baking to make sure they come out nice and golden.

For a dinner party or just a snack, I think we all can agree that bacon garlic gougères are just what you need.

Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic.

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Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic.
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Bacon Garlic Gougères

Bacon Garlic Gougères are perfect for when you need an easy appetizer. These bite-sized cheese puffs are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic. They are so delicious, you won’t be able to stop snacking. The best part about making these gougères is they can be made in advance which is a huge time saver when planning for a dinner party. You can either make the dough earlier in the day and bake the gougères just before you need them or bake them a day ahead and reheat them right before serving.

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields 35 gougères
Author Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

  • 7 slices bacon minced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter cup into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 ounces Gruyere cheese grated
  • 1 large egg yolk

Instructions

  1. Fry the minced bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until almost crisp, about 8 minutes.  Add the garlic and continue to fry for about 1 minute. Drain the bacon and garlic with a fine mesh sieve and set aside.

  2. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside.

  3. Add the butter, salt, and water to a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir until the butter is fully melted. Remove from heat and stir in the flour until well combined.

  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture is no longer sticking to the sides of the pan and forms a ball, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking and stirring until a dry film forms on the bottom of the pot and the dough is no longer sticky, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the dough cool for about 5 minutes. Add the whole eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated in between each addition. Stir in the cheese and bacon mixture.

  5. Use a 1 tablespoon sized cookie scoop and drop round mounds of batter on the prepared baking sheets. Gently roll each mound of dough into a ball and space them 2 inches apart. Whisk 1 tablespoon of water with the egg yolk and brush it over the tops of each dough ball.

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until puffed up and golden. The centers should be dry and sound hollow when tapped.

Make ahead tip

  1. Dough can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill until ready to bake.

  2. Baked gougères can be cooled completely and stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or frozen in a zip-top plastic bag for up to 1 month. Before serving, heat the room temperature gougères in a 300°F oven for 5-8 minutes; heat frozen gougères for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer smaller gougères, simply divide each dough ball in half. Pay close attention as they bake because small puffs may require a shorter baking time. 

Gougères are best served warm.

 

These bite-sized Bacon Garlic Gougères are made with cream puff dough that is loaded with Gruyère cheese, bacon, and garlic.

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