Whipped Goat Cheese Gougères With Glazed Walnuts + Jalapeños

We need a new party snack, don’t we? These little nuggets remind me of a very sophisticated bar snack. Something that would be equally at home next to a glass of champagne or watching football. Which sounds a little bit how I’d describe myself if we threw in a propensity for lounging and Netflix binges. And yes, I think they would work in either situation here as well.

First, let’s talk gougères. They’re delightful. Lovely. Perfect with a glass of bubbly or rosé. Or bubbly rosé, my personal fav. The filling hints at being onion-dip-esque, without caramelizing any pesky onions over a hot, steamy stovetop. The jalapeños may give you pause, and that’s fair. It felt a little risky when I added them in whilst testing. BUT MAN, was I so happily surprised. We scrape the seeds and ribs out, so they are not too hot and provide us the perfect amount of heat that partners up beautifully with the delicious crunchy, sweet glazed walnuts laced throughout the dip. And yes, I’m calling it a dip when it stands alone (apart from the gougeres) because nothing sounds yummier than smearing this on crackers until I’m bursting at the seams.

This recipe was created in collaboration with Diamond of California, a company I love and use daily in cookies, crusts, pizzas, salads (yes, I eat salad…and I have a post ready to go on this fact, so stay tuned). Be sure to look at the very bottom of the post where I link to all of my other Diamond collaborations — they’re some of my most favorite recipes!

Before we Get Started

  • Glazed Walnuts. We reach for Diamond’s Glazed Walnuts to put in the filling and save ourselves some extra work because who needs to glaze walnuts when we can get a bag of delicious ones already done for us?!? I did sprinkle some gougeres with finely minced glazed walnuts prior to baking. I really did like it, but you do have to be careful that they don’t burn. If you want to sprinkle them over the tops, you need to mince up extra walnuts + keep an eye on the bake time so they don’t get burnt.
  • Herbs. I went for straight up chives because I wanted that delicious onion dip vibe. But if you’re feeling frisky, I think some basil and/or some Italian parsley would be fabulous.
  • Cream Cheese. Go for the full-fat variety. You could sub in mascarpone or labne in a pinch.
  • Add Ins. To the gougeres batter you can add a pinch of nutmeg, paprika, cracked pepper or cayenne. Just a thought. 
  • Make Ahead. Gougères are pretty fabulous. Feel free to make them ahead of time and you could give them a quick toast in the oven for 3-4 minutes at 350F to crisp them back up. The filling is the same, feel free to assemble ahead of time and refrigerate, but bring back to room temperature before filling the gougères. Additionally, this gougères recipe is fantastic. Feel free to sprinkle some cheese over the tops pre-bake and skip the filling if you’re running short on time.
  • Size. I like 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized gougères. You could make these smaller, 1 tablespoon each, if you’d like to feed more hungry mouths.

Let’s make some delicious Whipped Goat Cheese Gougères With Glazed Walnuts + Jalapeños, shall we?


Whipped Goat Cheese Gougères With Glazed Walnuts + Jalapeños

Makes 24 Gougeres

INGREDIENTS

For the Gougères

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) water
  • 8 tablespoons (113 g) unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups (204 g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (40 g/1.2 ounces) parmesan cheese, finely shredded

For the Whipped Goat Cheese Filling

  • 11 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1 ounce Diamond Glazed Walnuts, finely minced
  • 6 tablespoons jalapeño, seeded, ribs removed, finely minced (about 2 jalapeños) 
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy whipping cream, room temperature

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (204C) and move a rack into the top third of the oven. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and heavy whipping cream and set aside.
  2. Place the milk, water, butter and sea salt in a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the butter melts and then turn up the heat to medium-high and you start to see bubbles around the exterior of the pan. Dump all of the flour into the saucepan and stir rapidly with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and a mass forms.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes. With the mixer on low add in the eggs one at a time, making sure that one is well blended before adding in the next. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined.
  4. Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop (or estimate) to heap mounds onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 1/2 inches between mounds. With a damp (not dripping wet) finger smooth over the tops. Brush the tops with the egg-cream wash and sprinkle each one with a pinch of parmesan.
  5. Bake in the top third of the oven for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown. Once out of the oven, pierce the side of each cheese puff with a small knife to release some steam.
  6. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle add the goat cheese and cream cheese and mix on medium for 8 minutes until smooth, fluffy and well blended. Add in the walnuts, jalapeño, chives, garlic, sea salt and mix on medium until everything is evenly distributed throughout, about 4 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a plastic bag (or pastry bag), cut a small hole in the corner and pipe into the hole that you pierced. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. If you chill them, bring back to room temp before serving (you could even give them a quick 1-2 minute blast of heat in a warm oven to toast them up).
  7. Thank you for making these gorgeous gougeres! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so that I can see your baller creations!

These Whipped Goat Cheese Gougères With Glazed Walnuts + Jalapeños were created in collaboration with Diamond of California. A big thank you to them + you for supporting the brands I work with! xo

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies With Chocolate Ganache

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cookies

Creamy Roasted Walnut Tahini Dip

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Lemony Brussels Sprout Pizza

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Almond Scented Meringues With Roasted Rhubarb + Berries

Pumpkin Hazelnut Cheesecake 

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Buns With Toasted Walnuts

 

 

5.0 from 3 reviews
Whipped Goat Cheese Gougeres With Glazed Walnuts + Jalapeños
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: Makes 24 Gougeres
 
Your new favorite appetizer! These toasty little (easy to make) gougeres are stuffed with a fancy-spicy-crunchy-sweet dip that will knock your socks off. No really. Make 'em!
Ingredients
  • For the Gougeres
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) water
  • 8 tablespoons (115 g) unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups (204 g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (40 g/1.2 ounces) parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • For the Whipped Goat Cheese Filling
  • 11 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ounce Diamond Glazed Walnuts, finely minced
  • 6 tablespoons jalapeño, seeded, ribs removed, finely minced (about 2 jalapeños)
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy whipping cream, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (204C) and move a rack into the top third of the oven. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and heavy whipping cream and set aside.
  2. Place the milk, water, butter and sea salt in a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the butter melts and then turn up the heat to medium-high and you start to see bubbles around the exterior of the pan. Dump all of the flour into the saucepan and stir rapidly with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and a mass forms.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes. With the mixer on low add in the eggs one at a time, making sure that one is well blended before adding in the next. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined.
  4. Use a 1½ tablespoon cookie scoop (or estimate) to heap mounds onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1½ inches between mounds. With a damp (not dripping wet) finger smooth over the tops. Brush the tops with the egg-cream wash and sprinkle each one with a pinch of parmesan.
  5. Bake in the top third of the oven for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown. Once out of the oven, pierce the side of each cheese puff with a small knife to release some steam.
  6. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle add the goat cheese and cream cheese and mix on medium for 8 minutes until smooth, fluffy and well blended. Add in the walnuts, jalapeño, chives, garlic, sea salt and mix on medium until everything is evenly distributed throughout, about 4 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a plastic bag (or pastry bag), cut a small hole in the corner and pipe into the hole that you pierced. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. If you chill them, bring back to room temp before serving (you could even give them a quick 1-2 minute blast of heat in a warm oven to toast them up).
  7. Thank you for making these gorgeous gougeres! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so that I can see your baller creations!

6 Comments

  • Veronica 2019/09/09 at 5:41 PM

    These whipped goat cheese gougeres are just the type of snack that would be lovely for my sister’s homecoming party! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  • Morgan 2019/07/31 at 5:29 PM

    These look absolutely delightful!!!!! I need them in my life NOW. As always i love your creations!!! Xoxo

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth 2019/07/31 at 8:04 PM

      Thank you so much Morgan!! They are so yummy!!! xoxo

      Reply
  • Kimberly Smith 2019/07/31 at 5:23 PM

    I love this! I’m definitely going to make these savory gougeres because my family loves onion dip and heat. Love the cross section photo of the stuffed gougeres! ❤️

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth 2019/07/31 at 8:04 PM

      Hi Kimberly! That makes me so happy to hear — I Hope you all love them!!!!! xoxo

      Reply

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