This delectable appetizer with a Northwest twist comes to us from Chef Liz McCune of Eat Seattle. We think it’s a great way to upgrade a tailgate party! Or, if you’re looking for a new recipe and wine pairing to start off your Thanksgiving celebration, holiday open house, Feast of the Seven Fishes, or New Year’s Eve party, you’re in the right place.
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
Pinch of Salt
2 tablespoons grated Beecher’s Smoked Flagship Cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chives (minced)
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces smoked salmon
salt/pepper to taste
chive flowers for plating (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
Over medium heat bring water to a boil. Stir in butter to melt. Once fully melted add the salt and flour at once. Remove from heat and whisk until combined.
Add the first egg, then add the next once it is fully incorporated. Whisk in the cheese then spoon into a pastry bag with open star pastry tip. Pipe out dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until fully cooked through. Try to minimize opening the oven door during baking.
Salmon Cream Cheese: combine all ingredients together and mix until creamy and there are no salmon chunks (otherwise it won’t get through the pastry tip). Put the mixture into a pastry bag with an open star tip. If a chunkier cream is preferred then spoon it into the gougère.
Once cooled, cut a slit into the gougerès then pipe or spoon the cream cheese stuffing into each pastry.
Add more freshly minced chives or chive flowers for decoration.
The creamy texture of the filling would match the creaminess of Lola Chardonnay. Or, for a contrast, try a crisp white wine such as Evergreen Riesling.
About Chef Liz
Chef Liz is a classically trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has spent the last 15 years perfecting her craft. She created Eat Seattle Cooking Classes to take food lovers from near and far on a journey exploring the region’s exceptional food and beverages. Chefs guide Eat Seattle’s Pike Place Market tours and cooking classes, revealing what makes Seattle a foodie destination.