Cheese & Chive Profiteroles
When you hear profiteroles you normally imagine a slightly sweet choux pastry filled with a light cream and dipped in melted chocolate. Well this is a savoury version which works just as well and makes a great appetiser. Choux Pastry may seem complicated but like any pastry if you follow the recipe you will have no problems.
All it takes is a little (actually a LOT) of elbow grease to make choux pastry. The choux pastry’s flavour is enhanced by adding herbes de provence to the mixture and also we grated some cheddar cheese into the mix. Later we also topped the pastry with some more herbs and cheese before baking.
The cheese topping really allowed the savoury profiteroles to get a golden shiny finish and the herbs give a wonderful aroma. Now that you have the pastry done, the filling is the easy part. We chose the easy and quick cream cheese and chive option but what about a prawm mayo, cheese and spinach or good old egg mayo?
- 4 Eggs Beaten
- 100g Plain flour
- 55g soft unsalted butter
- 65ml Water
- 65ml Full fat milk
- 1 Pinch Salt
- ½ Tsp Herbs de Provence
- 100g Cheddar cheese Grated (save 25g for the topping)
- 2 Tsp Dried mixed herbs For sprinkling
- 150g Cream cheese
- 25g Fresh chives Chopped
- To make the choux pastry: preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, butter sand salt and bring to the boil over a high heat.
- As soon as the mixture has boiled immediately remove from the heat and add the flour and stir quickly until smooth.
- Then return to a medium heat for a further minute to allow the flour to cook out, keep stirring until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from the heat, allow to cool a little (so that the heat doesn't scramble the eggs) then gradually whisk in the beaten egg until all the quantity has been incorporated and the mixture is smooth and drops from the spoon. (This step can also been done using an electric mixer)
- Add the grated cheese, herbs de Provence, mix well.
- Using a teaspoon or pipping bag, place approximately 3cm wide portions of the pastry on a greaseproof lined baking tray, leaving at least 2cm between portions (the profiteroles will double in size).
- Sprinkle the grated cheese and dried herbs on each profiterole. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- To make the cream cheese filling, mix the cream cheese with the chives and spoon into the profiteroles.