Last updated January 24, 2015

If you want to serve rolls that are a little daintier this holiday season, consider Smoked Provolone Gougères (pronounced goo-zshair). The cheese puffs are light, fluffy and sure to please.

They’re made with a French choux pastry. Sounds fancy, but it’s really easy.

Smoked Provolone Gougères from Zestuous

You simply blend the ingredients in a pot on the stove and pipe them onto a baking sheet. I use a disposable pastry bag with a large star tip, but a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off works just as well.

When you’re ready, bake them for 25 minutes, or bake them the day before and reheat them in the oven or microwave just before serving. Honestly, they’re even tasty at room temperature.


Smoked Provolone Gougères from Zestuous

I used smoked provolone cheese, but you can use any blend of shredded cheese. I like the smoky flavor, but cheddar, pepperjack or Swiss would all taste great, too.

Smoked Provolone Gougères

Yield: 15

Smoked Provolone Gougères


  • 1 cup (235 grams) water
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup or 110 grams) butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (145 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups (170 grams) smoked provolone cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (235C).

Place water, butter and salt in a saucepot over high heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in flour. Return to medium heat and cook 3 minutes to cook flour, stirring with a bamboo spatula.

Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in eggs, one at a time, ensuring that each one is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the cheese, until blended.

Place the dough into a piping bag with a large star tip. Pipe into 2-inch circles onto a silpat-lined sheet pan.

Bake in the preheated 450-degree F (235C) oven for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175C). Continue baking for 20 minutes.