Appetizers, Bread

Hickory Smoked Dijon and Black Pepper Gougeres


Are you ready to create the most delicious puffs of goodness that are easier than any type of pastry you have ever made? Are you ready- You Sure? Do you have your game face on? Okay, lets get to it!

After hearing about theย Secret Recipe Club on blog after blog after blog I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about and get in before it was too late. The challenge of taking a recipe from a certain blog and turning it into your own is something I was born to do. I live to re-create dishes so I couldn’t wait to jump right in.

I was assigned to the blog calledย A Couple in the Kitchen who are a fabulous down to earth couple who love to cook together. Lucky for me they had a great recipe for Gougeres that I could easily take and make into something Belleicious. Don’t get me wrong, their recipe is fabulous as is but the challenge was to use their recipe and mix it up a bit, so to speak.

Believe it or not I have never made Gougeres before. I have seen them everywhere and I keep telling myself I will get to them but I just never get around to it. This challenge gave me the perfect excuse to not make an excuse again. So what is better than a simple gougere? A hickory smoked dijon and black pepper gougere. Yep, I spotted a new cheese creation in our cheese isle last week and I knew exactly what I needed to do! An ooey gooey cheesy goodness located inside and spiraled throughout a savory and magical piece of dough with a hint of dijon mustard and black pepper is nothing short of brilliant. The dough is actually a choux pastry that is easier to make rather than say. One time ย in the kitchen with this choux pastry and you will have yourself questioning why you have never done this before!

You simply must not put this recipe off any longer. One bite and you will know why I NEED you to make it!


Hickory Smoked Dijon and Black Pepper Gougeres


5 egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup whole milk

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup flour

1/2 cup hickory smoked cheddar cheese

1 TBSP dijon mustard

1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

1/4 tsp paprika


Bring the milk, water, butter, and salt to a boil in a small to medium saucepan over high heat. Whisk until the butter melts completely then add the flour all at once. Lower heat to medium-low and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together in a ball. Keep stirring until dough is smooth, 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the dough into the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Let the dough sit for a minute, then add the eggs one at a time and beat until the dough is nice and shiny. At the very end, stir in the grated cheese, mustard and pepper. If you have a pastry bag then scrape dough into the pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch tip. If you are like myself, I could not for the life of me find my pastry bag so I just used a ziploc bag with the tip cut off. Pipe 25-30 mounds or less (depending on the size of your mounds) onto greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Preheat oven to 425. Place the gougeres in the oven then immediately lower the temperature to 375. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, puffed and slightly crisp on the top. Serve immediately or freeze. To reheat place in oven at 350 for 10 minutes.



  1. Shawn

    Your combination of smoked cheddar, dijon, and black pepper is genius! I can’t wait to make these…especially during the holidays for cocktail buffets. YUMMY ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Aug . 2011
  2. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I agree these would be awesome to serve at the holidays! I have never made these before but you have made it sound easy enough that I think I can do it!!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  3. Erica

    Yayyy for src! Ive never heard of these puffs of goodness. A totally unique flavor combo! I want to try!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  4. Cool Gal

    Oh, wow! YUM!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  5. Helene

    I have never made Gougรจres before. Yours turned out looking really nice. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Aug . 2011
  6. Noelle @Opera Singer in the Kitchen

    These reind me of the Brazilian cheese rolls at the Brazilian steakhouses. YUM!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  7. Three-Cookies

    I have never attempted choux pastry, I should in the near future. The flavour combination does sound really delicious

    29 . Aug . 2011
  8. Kelli

    You know just the right thing to make me smile and I just love you for that!!!! Defiantly have to make for the holidays! Yum

    29 . Aug . 2011
  9. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Yum! These look great! I love all the flavors included in them.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  10. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Ooo, those look great! I have never had a gougeres to my knowledge but now I need one/need to make them! The flavors sound fantastic together! ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Aug . 2011
  11. Bonnie

    I really have to stop looking at my favorite blogs because I’m starving! This looks so delicious and different that I’m copying it out. I have a habit of forgetting where I saw things!!


    29 . Aug . 2011
  12. Eva

    These look great Jessica. I love making gourgeres, and they freeze very well, so you can just pull out as many as you need and reheat on the fly. They also make delicious pockets for goats cheese or escargots!

    29 . Aug . 2011

    YUM! I am making these ASAP. They look amazing – your photos are beautiful!

    Great SRC post.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  14. yummychunklet

    Your puffs look delicious! I love the black pepper in them.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  15. Torrie @ a place to share...

    I’ve never heard of these before! I’m so glad to see so many links here. I have NO idea what I’m making for dinner tonight… or any night of this week for that matter. Need to PLAN!! Happy Monday :).

    29 . Aug . 2011
  16. Caroline

    Mmmm these look fluffy and perfect! I love the idea of the SRC challenge, since it actually poses a challenge, ha! You did a wonderful job. ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Aug . 2011
  17. Kimberly

    I adore gougeres, and this version sounds amazing! I’m adding this recipe to my “to make” list ASAP!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  18. Eliot

    I love Gougeres. These look amazing! Great SRC post.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  19. The Slow Roasted Italian

    These look really tasty! I will have to put these on my list. : )

    29 . Aug . 2011
  20. sportsglutton

    I’ve never made gougeres either, but you have my creative juices going right now with a few ideas of my own. thx!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  21. Greg

    I’m ready! These look amazing.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  22. Lisa~~

    Great recipe choice and they look amazing.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

    29 . Aug . 2011
  23. Reem

    OK now girl you have made me hungry again… this looks delicious, Insanely Delicious!!!.
    They have puffed up so beautifully…..
    Love it Love it.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  24. Kita

    What an awesome intro for a post. It certainly made me make a rather tough looking game face. That or I just looked plain silly – either way you have made some beautiful looking gougeres! And smoked cheddar… oh yeah, consider the game face on.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  25. Lana

    Love this gougere dish. Never tried them before as far as making them but boy do I lI’ve to eat them! The cheese and Dijon sound wonderful together

    29 . Aug . 2011
  26. Stacey

    Beautiful and perfect for parties or the holidays. Love your twist to it with the mustard and pepper.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  27. Manu

    Ohhhh I have never made gougeres at home… these look stunning! I should try them as they make me really hungry just by looking at your pictures! Great job!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  28. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Nice combination of flavors, spicy and cheesey, yum!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  29. Shea

    Those look really good! I’ve heard of gougรจres, but haven’t made them before. I think it’s my duty as a French teacher to give them a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Aug . 2011
  30. Rivki Locker

    You had me convinced with that first photo. Bookmarking these NOW.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  31. Alli

    I have not even had a bite and I know I have to make these.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  32. Rhonda

    Gougeres scare me, no really they do. But I so love them and I want to make them. Hopefully I’ll get brave like you and try…I know it’s worth it.

    29 . Aug . 2011
  33. Alea Milham

    I love the combination of flavors – completely surprised by the addition of dijon! I bet these taste delicious!

    29 . Aug . 2011
  34. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Wow these savory version of choux pastry looks super delicious! They always look difficult to make. You have a great talent making one recipe to your your recipes!!! Glad to hear you started Secret Recipe Club. I’m sure you will surprise with new recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    30 . Aug . 2011
  35. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    What a winning combination of flavours – superb.
    Have a happy day.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

    30 . Aug . 2011
  36. Sylvia@bascooking

    I want to bake something like that, I love cheese and I’m sure they are a great appetizer. Your blog is very nice and I back to check it out

    30 . Aug . 2011
  37. veronica gantley

    This looks like a delicious recipe. . Thanks for sharing

    30 . Aug . 2011
  38. daphne

    You introduce me to new things all the time! I would not have ever known aboout these little gougerers! So tempting!!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  39. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    Wow, these look great! Those links will be fun to follow, it is always interesting how each cook, cooks!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  40. vandana rajesh

    First time here..u have a truly beautiful and delicious space. A nice innovative recipe , just right for a holiday. It is added to my to try list. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    30 . Aug . 2011
  41. ModernMom

    Oh I’m at a cottage right now and these would be perfect!!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  42. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    These cheesy gougeres look so perfect. I cant believe that you made them the first time.

    30 . Aug . 2011
  43. vianney/sweet life

    Wow what a combo cheese,black pepper and dijon..yummy!! what a line up of great recipes, thanks for sharing!!

    have a great week!
    ps..i got an extra copy of the gduran cookbook at the event, send me your info and I will happily send it to you!! thanks for entering!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  44. kankana

    Such great flavor combination! I am almost taste how amazing it will be! Love the picture where you broke in half.

    30 . Aug . 2011
  45. Erin

    These look and sound absolutely amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Don’t you just love the creativity that the SRC brings out in everyone? I sure do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    30 . Aug . 2011
  46. Marina @ Yummy Mummy

    Okay, so I’ve made gougeres, but never ones that looked THIS good ๐Ÿ™‚

    30 . Aug . 2011
  47. Tanya

    Girl, you did it again. Another great recipe and twist on a classic from you! They look amazing

    30 . Aug . 2011
  48. Hillary

    I love gougeres and this recipe looks fantastic with the cheese and dijon mustard

    30 . Aug . 2011
  49. the good soup

    I’ve always meant to make gougeres too. Thanks for the reminder, Belle!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  50. Healthy Mom Project

    Those look very yummy!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  51. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I’ve never even heard of gougeres before- they look so pretty and fancy!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  52. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    I have been telling myself that I need to join the SRC one of these days. Sounds like so much fun. I have not heard of gougeres, let alone pronounce it, but they sure look tasty. Adding dijon mustard and black pepper is brilliant!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  53. Chris and Amy

    Glad you enjoyed the gougeres! We love the addition of black pepper – great idea!

    30 . Aug . 2011
  54. Ruth

    Everything looks wonderful! I have not been cooking much lately. I miss hooking up.

    30 . Aug . 2011
  55. Anna and Liz Recipes

    I have never made these before, but your recipe looks and sounds delicious and looks EASY TOO! Great little recipe to make when entertaining as well… Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    30 . Aug . 2011
  56. Kristy

    These look fabulous Jessica! I could pop every single one of those right now. And then I’d probably want another batch too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    30 . Aug . 2011
  57. Deborah

    Oh my goodness – these look amazing!! I’m afraid I would have no self control around them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    31 . Aug . 2011
  58. shaheen

    Oh my goodness, this recipe is so bookmarked. And so original.

    31 . Aug . 2011
  59. Candace

    I have seen gougeres for the first time only recently and now that you’ve featured them here, it must be a sign……a sign that I should make these….and soon. I love that you’ve used smoked cheese here. I’m sure that takes it to whole other level. I have some Cabot Smoky Bacon cheese that I think use when I try them. With a nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio, these will be perfect to enjoy on the deck this weekend. yum!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  60. lena

    oh, i never heard of this gougeres but you can be assured that i’m keeping this recipe!!

    31 . Aug . 2011
  61. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking

    Choux pastry does intimidate me, but these look so absolutely delicious that I’ll have to give them a try and especially with the addition of the Dijon mustard!
    It was a pleasure “getting to know you”, Jessica through the SRC. I had so much fun going through all of your recipes and learning that you like to eat cookies before bed.

    01 . Sep . 2011
  62. marla

    With hickory smoked dijon?! These gougeres look amazing! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also: I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today.

    03 . Sep . 2011
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  64. Amanda

    These look marvelous! Thanks for playing along with SRC!

    08 . Sep . 2011
  65. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

    These look – and sound – amazing! I have never made a gougere before, either; I’m totally missing out here!

    08 . Sep . 2011

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