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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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Popular Art History Teacher and YouTube Guru Takes European Sabbatical to Learn the Art of Cheese

While most middle school kids take naps, send tweets, or just space out during art history, the students in Mr. James Earle’s classroom are not just learning the differences between Baroque and Renaissance art, but how to create art themselves through video production. Amor Sciendi (roughly translated to mean love knowing or love knowledge?)  began in 2010 as lesson plans, collaboratively created with Kate and Gavin Nelson as well as students through Curious.comto make art history accessible and fun for kids. Formerly with the Ross School in East Hampton, New York and now with the AltSchool in San Francisco, California, Earle’s quirky delivery and straight-talk approach seems to be working and even the folks at YouTube have taken notice, naming Earle YouTube’s 2012 EDU Guru.

Already having a degree in Renaissance History from the University of London, Earle’s thirst for knowledge was still unquenched. This past year, Earle took a break from teaching to study and earn an MS in Gastronomical Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with an apparent focus on the art of cheese. His adventures are being documented for Amor Sciendi in a three-part series, the first being Cheese and Terrior (meaning soil,  land or country the cheese is made). Be sure to subscribe to the channel to see all three videos, the next being Cheese and Love ending with Cheese and Death.

Stay Cheesy, Mr. Earle!

 

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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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Cheese snuffs out cigarettes at commissaries

Image: Stars and Stripes

An iconic early photos of one of our nation’s military men depicts a war-ridden soldier smirking at the camera with a cigarette dangling precariously from his lips. Soldiers like our tobacco-toting friend were the heroes of their day, America’s role models and protectors.

Fast-forward a couple of decades and the world’s view of smoking has changed dramatically. As it’s no longer cool to take that drag of smoke, soldiers have evidently turned to a new addiction – cheese! According to the government’s Defense Commissary Agency, cheese wedged out cigarettes by over one million dollars in sales over the past year, making it the number one item sold in military commissaries. Why the turn from smokes to Stilton? Good question.
For more on this cheesy victory, check out the article from Karen Jowers of the Navy Times here.

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