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Celebrate the Super Bowl with Easy Gruyère and Andouille Gougères

Gruyère and Andouille Gougères: Photo take by The House Mouse

Gruyère and Andouille Gougères: Photo take by The House Mouse

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 1st and it’s the second largest day in America for food consumption behind Thanksgiving. Chips and dips along with various bean, veggie, or cheese spreads are the go-to food choices to eat during the Super Bowl, followed by chicken wings, popcorn and pizza. I get that these are traditional treats, why stay with the old boring stand-by? Serve up some tasty Gruyère and Andouille Gougères and guests won’t just be cheering for their favorite team. What’s a Gougères? Simply put, it’s a small ball of puffed of savory French Choux pastry made with just flour, eggs, salt, water and cheese. The cheese most commonly used for these simple treats is either Gruyère, Comté, or Emmentaler, however various forms of Blue, Roquefort, and Stilton have been used in recipes as well.

Follow the recipe below and score a touchdown at your Super Bowl 49 gathering tomorrow. Stay Cheesy!

 

Easy Gruyère and Andouille Gougères

Recipe courtesy of: Epicurious

Easy Gruyère and Andouille Gougères: Photo taken by The House Mouse

Easy Gruyère and Andouille Gougères: Photo taken by The House Mouse

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more

1 cup all-purpose flour

5 eggs

2 1/2 oz Gruyère, grated

4 oz andouille sausage, chopped

Prep & Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 425° with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup water, butter, and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When butter has melted, add flour all at once, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium; keep stirring until mixture has formed a smooth, thick paste and pulls away from sides of pan, about 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or to a large heatproof bowl.

If using a stand mixer, add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low-speed until egg is incorporated and dough is smooth before adding the next egg.

If mixing by hand, add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until egg is incorporated and dough is smooth before adding the next egg. The mixture should be very thick, smooth, and shiny. Stir in Gruyère and andouille.

Use a tablespoon measure to drop dough into 1″ rounds about 1 1/2″ apart on prepared baking sheets. You should have about 24 gougères.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining egg with a pinch of salt. Brush the top of each gougère with egg wash.

Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 375°, rotate baking sheets, and continue baking until gougères are puffed and browned, about 15 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook Note:

I used Kerrygold Unsalted Butter  and Emmi Gruyère for added flavor. These were personal choices and not solicited brand suggestions.  Do not be in a hurry after adding the flour or the Gougères will have a more dense texture. They’ll still taste great, just won’t have that light, airy feel that a true Gougères should have. Finally, ratio is important, so watch the amount of cheese (I should have listened to you, Michael Ruhlman…I’ll know better next time.)

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Hanging out with Whole Foods for Grilled Cheese Night and Gift Card Giveaway!

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The House Mouse Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway

Hanging out at Whole Foods is always fun, but this past Tuesday night at the Ann Arbor-Cranbrook location was extra fun thanks to cheesemonger Carrie and her mad grilled cheese skills.

Cheesemonger Carrie Whole Foods-Ann Arbor-Cranbrook

Cheesemonger Carrie Whole Foods-Ann Arbor-Cranbrook

On the grilled cheese menu were three tasty options:

Le Gruyère Reserve from Emmi Roth – a nutty, spicy cheese which melts great and is commonly used in fondue. This was grilled in a mini raclette and paired with sweet, tart Bartlett pears.

Halloumi from Cyprus from G. & I. Keses – a combination of goat and sheep’s milk that takes the shape of the baskets in which it is made, this intense cheese actually does not melt at all! The salty cheese retains it’s shape and has a squeaky texture, but served with a drizzle of honey and it really pleased even the most discerning palate.

Berliner Der Käse from Emmi Roth – a Whole Foods exclusive with a creamy texture and nutty taste grilled up nicely onto some baguettes.

Carrie and happy customers

Carrie and happy customers

Carrie and the cheese were both big crowd-pleasers. So do you have a favorite fall cheese for grilling? We wanna know about it and it could get you a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card!

Post a comment with your favorite Fall Cheese (Heck, you could even post a picture if you’d like!) by September 30th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on October 6th. Thanks to Whole Foods in Ann Arbor for having me, Carrie putting up with me all evening, and good luck everyone!

Stay Cheesy!

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5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational is happening this Sunday, June 29th!

5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational

5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational

 

Fifty of the best cheesemongers will be battling it out this Sunday in Long Island City, New York to see who really is a cut above the rest at the 5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational.

 

This culinary thunderdome is the brainchild of Adam Moskowitz, CEO of Larkin Cold Storage, one of the largest cheese importers in the country and son of the man who brought cave-aged Gruyère to the United States. What began as an excuse to party, Moskowitz has PR’d into a substantial following and has, from what I understand, considered even expanding to twice a year! So what, exactly, happens at a Cheesemonger Invitational besides an abundance of fromage being cut?

Mongers really need to know their stuff, including how to be a charming cheese seller, have their taste buds and olfactory skills on point, be creative with the amuse, wrap like a star, and this year, artisanal isn’t only for the cheese. Mongers will be critiquing each other’s signs as well. It all sounds like a cheese lover’s paradise and for those with $75.00 and a Sunday in New York, it can be theirs to enjoy. Check out all the information below and if you do attend and take pictures, be sure to post some pictures too! May the best monger win!

Cheesemonger Invitational Stay cheesy!

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June 23, 2014 · 5:41 pm

An Ode to Cheese for National Poetry Month

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The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

My parents were – and still are – voracious readers, and they encouraged my sister and I to do the same as much as possible. While my sister read on occasion, I would get lost in a bookstore for hours, curl up on the giant square pillows the local shop had strewn all over the children’s section and just sink into a pile of books. My mom volunteered at our school library sometimes and was always hip to the latest trend and bestselling authors, so she would offer suggestions all the time. My dad was not as in touch with the adolescent brain so he would pick titles that appealed to him or chose covers that looked cool and distinct. Continue reading

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SpaceX and Le Brouere cheese blasts nod to Monty Python

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The moon wasn’t the only cheese in the sky this week. A Dragon space capsule built by Hawthorne, California private company, SpaceX, contained a secret stash of an entire wheel of Le Brouere cheese when it made its historic orbit of the earth on Wednesday. Have no fear, fellow fromagophiles. The nutty Gruyere-like cheese made it safely back to the earth and is on it’s way back to California for some out of this world consumption.

Why cheese? Seems the PayPal co-founder Elon Musk and his team were giving a comedic nod to British comedy group Monty Python and their famous Cheese Shop skit (see clip below).

Read more about this fantastic fromage flight at NPR.org

 

 

 

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Recipe: Ten-Tacular Mac and Cheese

As a cheese blogger, I often find my refrigerator littered with remnants of cheesy goodness. Too tiny to serve, too misshapen to photograph, and too good to throw away (not to mention too expensive) I would rack my brain thinking of what to do with all this fabulous fromage. Thank goodness for Bobby Flay!

Let me explain. I am a Food Network junkie so I was pretty stoked when Throwdown with Bobby Flay was a mac and cheese battle. Delilah Winder, Oprah’s favorite mac and cheese maker, put her seven-cheese creation up against Bobby’s five-cheese carbonara. I won’t spoil it and tell who won, but I will say that the upscale recipe from Mr. Flay gave me a great idea.  Why not use my remnants and make my own upscale mac and cheese? Continue reading

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Recipe: Black Creek Extra Sharp Cheddar and Pancetta Quiche

I usually make reservations when it comes to meals, although I have been known to go rogue now and then and attempt to cook. More often than not, the recipes I choose are simple comfort dishes that should be edible if not perfect. Quiche doesn’t come to mind when thinking simple, however I felt I was due for a challenge. As it turns out, quiche isn’t so hard with the right ingredients. (recipe after the jump) Continue reading

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