Crab salad, sautéed mushrooms or other filling, optional
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter 2 large baking sheets.
Bring 1 cup water, butter, salt and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat. Add flour; beat with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball.
Transfer dough to a large bowl. With electric mixer on high speed, add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each. Beat until mixture is smooth and has cooled. Beat in cheese.
Drop spoonfuls of mixture 1 inch apart on baking sheets. With dampened fingers, smooth tops. Bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on pans on wire racks. Slice off top third; discard doughy centers. Fill, if desired, and replace tops.
I made the recipe exactly. It was great until I added the 4th egg and then it became a bit soupie - not like puff dough at all. I thought I had made a mistake when I printed out the recipe - so went back on-line to read the recipe again. I hadn't so - I added another 1/4 cup flour and 1 teaspoon for rosemary and I used a blend for 4 shredded chesses. I also used salted butter too. The first batch I baked on the baking sheet were horrible and flat. So - I threw them out. The next batch I put into my mini muffin pan and they came out terrific. I made another half batch to replace the ones I had tossed. They were perfect I definitely recommend using a mini muffin pan. Mine is silicone and is great for these. Also, I did not toss out the inside of the putt, just added the shrimp filling on top of it. My guests loved them. I will definitely make them again and for certain sure use my mini muffin pan to bake them from the beginning.
I didn't have a mixer, so I mixed the eggs in by hand. My finished product was flat and cookie like. Though I was still able to put the topping on, the cheese bread tasted like a unsalted cracker. Maybe salted butter should've been used instead.