Makes about 36 little puffs

Serve with Belleruche white.

These little golden cheese puffs are the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine. Make up the batter earlier in the day then pop them in the oven as your guest arrive and they’ll be ready just as you are raising your first glass!

½ cup water
½ cup milk
8 tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup grated gruyère cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°. Bring the water, milk, and butter to a boil in a heavy medium pot over high heat. Season generously with salt and pepper. When the butter has melted, remove the pot from the heat and dump in the flour all at once. Use a wooden spoon to beat the flour into the milk until it all comes together in a solid mass. Return the pot to the heat and continue stirring for about 1 minute to “dry-out” the mixture.

Remove the pot from the heat. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate each egg into the flour mixture before adding the next. The dough will be very shiny. Stir in the cheese. Drop the dough by tablespoons, about 1-inch apart, onto cookie sheets. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes.

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