Jalapeno Poppers Puffs are light and delicious cheese puffs, with the fun twist of a jalapeno popper. They’re an impressive appetizer for your next party or game day spread. With cream cheese and jalapenos these gougères come together easily and bake up puffy, tender, and hollow inside with a crispy outside.
Savory and so delicious, these Jalapeño Poppers Gougère are made from French choux pastry dough. Don’t let that fancy name worry you though, these are really easy to make and so much fun. I have plenty of tips to walk you through making these.
Serve them at a fancy holiday party, or just for hanging out pool side in the summer. These appetizer puffs do it all!
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What is gougères in English?
Don’t let the fancy French word scare you off.
Gougeres is just a cheesy cream puff dough that’s filled with eggs, baked, and rises quite a bit so that it’s super fun to eat.
And, in this case, the cheese here is cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Along with the spice of a bit of jalapeno, these fun puffs will quickly be a favorite!
I’m very excited to be participating in this summer 2022 edition of Freaky Friday, an old-fashioned blog hop! With this wonderful recipe for Jalapeño Poppers Gougères from The Wimpy Vegetarian, and this recipe makes the perfect appetizer for any party!
This blog hop is always so much fun; it’s hosted by the talented and lovely Michaela at An Affair from the Heart. I’ve known Michaela for many years, and am always so happy to participate in her events. Please do stop by her blog and check out her tasty food.
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The Wimpy Vegetarian
I’ve known Susan at The Wimpy Vegetarian for a few years now. Her recipes, pictures, and blog have always impressed me!
Of course, you shouldn’t be too surprised by that, I mean her blog is a mostly vegetarian blog just like mine, where she is mainly vegetarian and her husband eats meat.
Plants are a major focus for her blog. Seasonal and delicious offerings are always on the table, and she’s pleasantly wonderful. (side note: I happen to really love my community of blogger friends!)
Susan has culinary school training from Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco. And, to top it all off, she lives in California like I do.
Susan describes her blog as, “I help busy people simplify vegetarian meals so they can put healthy + delicious meals on the table faster and more easily, and have more time for life. After all, there are plenty of things to stress about in life. One of them shouldn’t be dinner.”
You just have to love that!
But in the end, this jalapeno popper puff recipe won out for me because, well, you know I love appetizers and game day grub!
Pro tips for making the best gougères
Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe card with full ingredient amounts and instructions.
Let’s talk briefly about the choux pastry. The dough puffs up with the oven’s heat because of the moisture content in the dough, from the butter, water, flour, and eggs not because of any yeast or other chemical leveners.
The biggest tip I can give you is that the puffing up is due to a thorough mixing of all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. So don’t be timid or scared, just mix that bad boy up.
First, be sure to have everything measured out and ready to go. Once you start cooking, and the water and butter come to a boil, you’ll want to just be able to dunk the ingredients in.
Place the water, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan.
Measure the flour in a small bowl.
Crack all the eggs into another small bowl.
Measure the Dijon, cheddar cheese (except the 2 tablespoons for topping), cream cheese, and black pepper into another bowl.
Make sure you grab all the equipment you need like the mixer, if you want to use a stand mixer or hand mixer, spoons, and be sure to set up the baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven.
Now that all your ingredients are measured out and your equipment is ready to go, you’re all set to cook!
Make the dough
Heat the butter, water, and salt over medium heat, uncovered, until it comes to a full boil. Don’t be shy with the boiling, you need it to be nice and hot. Simmering isn’t enough to bring the flour to the consistency of dough that you need.
Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat, and drop all the flour in all at once, and start stirring with a wooden spoon to bring it into a dough as quickly as possible. Continue stirring for another minute to let some of the heat out. You’ll see the dough starting to stick a little to the bottom of the pan. You are drying the dough it out (and that’s good).
Transfer the dough to a bowl and add the eggs one at a time, completely incorporating each egg before adding the next. You can do this step by hand, in a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer. The electric mixer will likely get you a more dramatic rise in the choux pastry than just doing it by hand.
Don’t worry if the batter separates and looks curdled at first. Keep beating, and it will come together nicely. Keep beating to get the dough as smooth as possible; extra beating is what helps ensure a round, even puffing of the choux dough.
If your dough is too wet after adding the eggs, you did not cook your dough enough.
spoon or pipe it out
Once the dough is ready, you can spoon it out in tablespoon sized drops, or you can pipe it.
To pipe it, spoon the dough into a ziptop bag, and scrape the dough to one of the bottom corners of the bag, and snip off the corner. Pipe them out into small rounds.
Dip your finger into a small amount of olive oil, and round off the top pointy bit of each puff.
Top each puff with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and a piece of jalapeno. These puffs would also be amazing topped with a candied jalapeno.
bake them up
Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, and rotate the pan from bottom to top and from front to back. Bake for another 8 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
Remove the puffs from the oven, keep on the baking sheet for one minute, and move to a cooling tray.
Can Gougères be made ahead?
Yes, these are a great make ahead appetizer option!
And, there are a couple different methods you can use to make them ahead.
Make the dough and store it.
Follow the instructions to make the dough, and pipe them into the small rounds on the parchment paper. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Then, freeze those rounds.
Once frozen, just put them in a large ziptop freezer bag, and pop them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
When you’re ready to bake them, just pop them in the preheated oven, no need to defrost, and bake from a frozen state adding 1 to 2 minutes to the baking time.
Leftover baked gougères
You can either make a bunch and keep them for later, or if you have leftovers, they store really well.
After baking, allow them to cool completely.
Store in the freezer or fridge. Place them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days or the freezer for up to 2 months.
Reheat them in a 350° F oven for 3-5 minutes just before serving.
Gougères are best served while still warm; if they cool down too much before serving, briefly reheat in a 350° F oven before serving.
Gougeres are delicious cheesy little bites, that’re crispy on the outside and light and puffy on the inside. They’re rich from the butter and cheese, and yet not filling or heavy.
And, they’re really pretty easy to make. Definitely give these a try!
What to serve with gougères?
These are a great snack. I can see them being the perfect snack to serve poolside with some other healthy and delicious appetizers like Pineapple serrano hummus, Red pepper garlic dip, and some traditional grilled stuffed jalapenos.
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Jalapeno Poppers Puffs
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup of flour is about 4.5 ounces
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese plus 2 tablespoons for the topping
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- Pickled jalapeño slices cut in half or quarters
- Preheat the oven to 425˚ F, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Pre-measure all ingredients: Place the butter, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Measure the flour in a small bowl. Crack all the eggs into another small bowl. Measure the Dijon, cheddar cheese (except the 2 tablespoons for topping), cream cheese, and black pepper into another bowl.4 ounces unsalted butter, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 4 eggs, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese, 4 ounces cream cheese, 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- Pull out a bowl and set up a mixer.
- Place the medium saucepan, uncovered, over medium heat, and melt the butter in the water with the salt. Increase the heat once the butter is melted and bring the liquid to a full boil. Don’t quit at a simmer.
- Remove the pan from the heat and dump in the flour all at once, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together into a mass of dough that rolls around the bottom of the pan. Continue beating for another minute until it’s very smooth, and a light crust begins to form on the bottom of the pan.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl. Thoroughly whisk in the eggs one at a time with the mixer. The dough should be very smooth once all eggs are incorporated.
- Thoroughly beat in the Dijon, cheeses (except the 2 tablespoon grated cheddar for the topping), and black pepper. Get the dough as smooth as you can – it helps ensure a round, even puff during baking.
- Using 1 Tablespoon dough for each gougère by either dropping them on a baking sheet from a tablespoon or by piping them. To pipe, spoon the choux dough into a ziptop bag, scrape the dough to the bottom and off to one side towards one of the corners using the back edge of a chef’s knife, and snipping off a small corner.
- Once they’re all piped, round off any pointed tops with your finger. To keep the dough from sticking to your finger, first lightly dip your finger in olive oil.
- Top each gougére with a pinch of grated cheddar, and place a jalapeño slice on top of each.Pickled jalapeño slices cut in half or quarters
- Bake for 10 minutes, and rotate the pan from bottom to top and from front to back. Bake for another 8 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
- Remove the puffs from the oven, keep on the baking sheet for one minute, and move to a cooling rack. Serve warm.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.