Guests at Bar Boulud are greeted with these golden French cheese puffs, with grated Gruyère cheese and the mild Basque pepper Piment d'Espelette. Almost twice the size of ordinary gougères, they're a bit like crispy, cheesy, slightly spicy popovers. More Hors D'Oeuvre Recipes
The gougères can be frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost in a 350° oven for about 8 minutes.
Burgundian white wines pair well with these rich cheese puffs, but they can also be expensive. To find bargains, look to the less well-known southern part of Burgundy, the Mâcon.