Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Savory Puffs

June 16, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, groups, savory things, snacks, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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savory puffs

If you are looking for a little nibble for early evening rosé hour on the deck, might I suggest Norman Love’s Savory Puffs?  I love making pâte à choux sweet or savory, I think it’s one of the most fun classics.  This particular recipe is actually a little unusual…instead of just plain old water as the liquid ingredient in the dough, it uses cucumber and onion juice, along with a bit of milk.  I made a reduced-size batch (I skipped the éclair version) so rather than actually juice the cuke and onion, I just grated some of each on a box grater, salted the mix lightly and left it to drain for a while over a sieve.  Then I gave it a final squeeze, measured out the juice that drained off and used it in my choux paste.

I set aside those shreds of veg in the sieve (now relieved of excess moisture) and used them in my puff filling.  Waste not, want not– am I right?  First I chopped them up a bit finer and then stirred them, along with some herbs and seasoning into a mild, soft cheese curd that I like called Cloumage.  The smoked salmon version of the filling sounds delicious, but will have to wait for another rosé hour…perhaps next week, as I still have a few empty puffs in the freezer (and another bottle of rosé in the fridge).  Want to come over?

savory puffs

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan (there’s a a video here of Chef Norman making the puffs). Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Great and easy to made dish thanks for sharing

  2. Wow…great job…and so resourceful 🙂

  3. Why, yes, I would like to come over! Those look fantastic! Also, Cloumage definitely just made it onto my “to try” list.

  4. This looks lovely! I’ve never made a savory pâte à choux before. They sound amazing 😉

  5. these look incredible! please visit my blog ❤ http://enjoybypaula.wordpress.com ❤ ❤ just posted a recipe! ❤

  6. These look great. Will try making them tomorrow.

  7. I’m reminded of Dulcinea’s Cream Puffs. Yummy! 🙂

  8. These puffs look absolutely perfect!


  9. I am absolutely always looking for a new nibble to accompany rosé hour! It’s like you read my mind! Pinning this to my group board Let’s Get It Started for starters and small plates. It’s here https://www.pinterest.com/midlifecroissnt/lets-get-it-started/ If you’d like to join the party follow the board and I’ll send you invitation.

  10. Those look amazing! I love the photos Steph!

  11. These look wonderful and how perfect a pairing with a glass of rose? Lovely.

  12. wow..those look so tempting. Definitely gonna make them. Thanks for sharing.

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