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Parmesan Bacon Gougères

Chris Granger

Yield: Yields 2 dozen

With a crackly shell and a light, pillowy middle, gougères, also called cheese puffs, are one of the most perfect foods to pop in your mouth between sips of your favorite adult beverage (they’re delicious with Champagne). The Parmesan and bacon add a rich, savory flavor that makes them difficult to stop eating.

This recipe is excerpted from Down South. Read our review.


  • 4 strips of thick-sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1-1/4 cups bread flour, sifted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Heat the oven to 425˚F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp but not too dark. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, and reserve 1/4 cup of the rendered fat. When the bacon is cool, chop to make 1/2 cup.
  • Bring the milk, 1/2 cup water, the butter, and the reserved bacon fat to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the salt, onion powder, sugar, and cayenne. Add the flour and, using a wooden spoon, stir very quickly in one direction. The flour will quickly absorb the liquid and form a dough. Continue stirring to cook the flour (and remove its “raw” taste) and simmer off more of the moisture until the dough pulls away from the sides of the saucepan, an additional minute or two.
  • Transfer the dough to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on medium speed until each is incorporated into the dough, which will change from shiny to sticky as the eggs are worked in. On low speed, stir in 1 cup of the Parmesan and the bacon until just combined.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop (about 2 inches in diameter), scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Top the gougères with an equal amount of the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.
  • Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.


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Reviews (9 reviews)

  • MrsChachie | 01/01/2020

    I saw this recipe the other day and immediately saved it. I woke up this morning and knew this is what I wanted to make! Unfortunately for me I didn’t realize that my ingredients were a bit short so I had to substitute a few things. I used breakfast sausage instead of bacon, only had 2 eggs, and 2% milk. I have to say they were still delicious. My 2 and 4 year olds ate almost the entire batch! I can’t wait to try them again as they were intended to be made.

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    LauraWilliams | 05/01/2019

    Yummy yummy!

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    Duclerc | 12/28/2018

    Great recipe! I followed the steps and I had an awesome cheese puff! Loved.

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