Fabulous little cheese puffs melt on the palate and entice your flavor sensations. Great with cocktails or wine.

Cheese Puffs
 
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Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 4 1/2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 1 Cup water, butter, oil, salt and cayenne; bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat and add flour all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a smooth paste. Return the mixture to low heat and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, to dry the paste slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes. Lightly whisk together eggs and 3 of the whites. With a wooden spoon, beat 1/4 of the egg mixture into the flour paste until absorbed. Repeat with 3 more additions of the egg mixture, until the paste is smooth and glossy. Stir in 3/4 Cup of the cheese.
  5. Using a pastry bag or spoon, drop 1" mounds 1 1/2" apart on the prepared baking sheets. Lightly beat the remaining egg white and drush it over each puff. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tablespoons cheese.
  6. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the puffs are firm and well browned.
  7. Serve warm. (The puffs may be frozen, for up to 2 months and reheated for 10 minutes at 350 degrees).
Notes
Per puff: 24 calories, 1 g protein, 1 g fat, 2 g carbohydrate, 59 mg sodium, 10 mg cholesterol.

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