The first time I tasted gougères was when I visited my husband's family in the French countryside of the Burgundy region. It was late afternoon in August, and we sat on the shady patio, taking the apéro.
I simply love this time of the day when you sit together with family or friends, share a drink, chat enjoy some appetizers, and let the day wind out. It was then that the aunt served us a plate of delicious, oven-warm gougères. They were so soft and savory, that they became instantly my favorite food for the apéritif in France.
As I learned, later on, gougères are a popular apéritif from the French region of Burgundy, but they are eaten all over France. They are little puff pastries, typically made with Gruyère cheese, but you find them also with Comté or even Emmentaler. They are often served with a Kir, the traditional apéritif in the Burgundy region, which consists of regional white wine with a splash of blackcurrant liquor.
Gougères are easy to make. You basically need 5 ingredients: water, butter, flour, eggs, and cheese. The traditional recipe uses Gruyère cheese, but you can try any cheese you like - I often use Comte or even Emmentaler.
Last Updated 21 October 2022