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Blue Cheese Puffs

I made something similar to this before, but this time, it is with blue cheese and bacon. Mmmmm bacon!

Blue Cheese Puffs (Adapted from Cuisine at Home)

3 slices thick slab bacon*

1/2 c milk
1/2 c water
6T butter
1 c flour
4 eggs
4 oz blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 c scallions, chopped
1T chives

Saute the bacon and set aside. In a saucepan heat milk, water, and butter to a boil. Add flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together and starts to stick slightly to the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time. Stirring well after each addition. It will look like the eggs will not combine with the dough, but then all of the sudden they do. Break bacon into small pieces and add to batter. Stir in cheese, scallions, chives, and pepper. I did not find it needed any salt - the bacon and cheese added enough. Scoop out onto parchment (or silpat), and bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes. They should be puffed and browned. Remove from oven and pierce each several times with a toothpick to release the steam. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I did not pierce the first batch with a toothpick and they really flatten out. The second batch deflated slightly but not as much. These freeze quite nicely. Simply reheat them briefly in the oven before serving.

*Conveniently the Sous Chef just made a nice batch of sweet and savory bacon. I used the sweet because I thought it would be a nice contrast to the blue cheese.


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