Can we just ease on in to this whole situation? Let’s start slow. Baby steps. Appetizers.
These cheese puffs start with a simple pate a choux dough. We’ve definitely talked about pate a choux before, but usually in sweet incarnations. See: Strawberry Cream Puffs with Milk Chocolate Sauce.
Pate a choux is made by stirring together water and melted butter with flour over a low flame. It’s a cooked dough! Eggs are beaten into the cooked dough and the silky dough is piped onto a baking sheet. Instead of adding sugar, we’re going to add a major amount of cheese and herbs. These are totally light and pop-able — and we can make ahead and freeze them too!
We’re learning. It’s cool.