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Parmesan and Herb Cheese Puffs

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield

Makes 50 (serving size: 3 puffs)

These rich pastry bites can be baked right from the freezer so your guests can eat them warm.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound parmesan cheese, grated in a food processor*, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

Nutrition Information

  • calories 174
  • caloriesfromfat 58 %
  • protein 9.3 g
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • carbohydrate 8.8 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • sodium 353 mg
  • cholesterol 101 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium saucepan, bring butter, salt, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add flour and stir constantly until dough comes together and pulls away from pan, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool 2 minutes.

  2. Add eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition until eggs are incorporated and dough is glossy. Stir in 1 1/4 cups cheese. In a small bowl, combine herbs, then stir 1 1/2 tbsp. into dough.

  3. Line 3 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon dough onto sheets by 4-tsp. portions (measure the first portion, then eyeball the rest) about 1 in. apart. Combine remaining cheese and herbs, then sprinkle onto dough.

  4. Bake 1 or 2 sheets at a time (for 2, switch sheet positions halfway through baking) until puffs are deep golden, 35 minutes. With a small knife, poke each puff at the "waist" to release steam. Bake until crisp and richly browned, 5 to 8 minutes more. Serve warm.

  5. *For an accurate measurement, whirl chunks with the metal blade or grate with the smallest holes on a hand grater; don't shred.

  6. Make ahead: Through step 3, up to 1 day, chilled airtight, or 1 month, frozen. (Freeze until solid, transfer to bags, and bake frozen.)