Pub Gougères with Anchovy and Cayenne Recipe on Food52 (2024)

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by: withinseason



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  • Makes 12-15 gougères

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Author Notes

Anchovies give this riff on traditional cheese gougères a bistro-pub feel and a bold taste. Salty, spicy and savory, these are best with a strong, hoppy beer. These are great right out of the oven or made ahead for a crowd. —withinseason

Test Kitchen Notes

Withinseason’s directions are on the mark every step of the way. The dough was a little moist after the addition of the second egg but it came together nicely once the cheese was added. My batch did not get very puffy but they were extremely tasty and easy to make. My husband accused me of disrupting his nap ‘with all those delicious kitchen smells’. Luckily I had a plate full of hot pub gougeres in my hand and he helped himself. The cayenne is a subtle spicy note and the anchovy offers that certain je ne sais quoi. It was a hit and I’ll add this to my arsenal of impressive and inexpensive snacks.
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What You'll Need

  • 5 tablespoonsUnsalted butter
  • 5 ouncesNonfat milk (Or: 1:1 whole to water) + extra for brushing tops
  • 1/4 teaspoonSalt
  • 1/2 cupFlour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cupGruyère, grated + extra for topping
  • 1/4 cupPecorino, grated + extra for topping
  • 1 tablespoonFresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1/2 teaspoonBlack pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 Anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • pinch Cayenne
  1. Have your oven at 350. Oil or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add butter, milk, and salt to a small, heavy saucepan. Heat till the butter melts and bring the mixture to a full boil, stirring.
  2. Add the flour in one go. Stir! As the mixture pulls away from the pan and thickens, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. You can transfer to a new bowl to help cool, or, you know, save dishes...
  3. Add eggs one at a time. Fully incorporate before adding the next egg. Your mixture should be thick and smooth. Add cheeses, black pepper, and thyme.
  4. Add anchovy and a generous pinch of cayenne to the remainder (At this point, for variety on the plate, you could also opt to dole out half the dough with just cheese. Use less anchovy if you're going half-half). Using two spoons, dole out dough in 1 inch dollops, about 1-2 inches apart. Smaller is better for these flavor packed puffs.
  5. Brush with milk and scatter extra cheese across tops. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until puffed up and browned. Try to leave till they are well-browned, unless you're not concerned about the gougères falling as they cool. They'll be tasty either way!


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20 Reviews

Philly February 23, 2018

whoops just noticed the makes 12-15, sorry!

Philly February 23, 2018

It would be good to know how many this recipe makes? Also agree that it would be good to have metric measurements as well (as Silvia suggests), after all this is a international website!

jaimeC5674 March 4, 2022

I have to say your comment comes across as rude. “After all this is an international website!” Take the time to look up the conversion, it’s not the sharer’s responsibility. In the US we have to convert from metric all the time. Most often when a recipe is given in metric it does not offer the conversion to cups/tablespoons, so I don’t know why you seem so annoyed with the person who shared this recipe.

silvia February 8, 2016

What is in metric measurements, please?

mmsJack December 22, 2015

Made exactly as directed and just So Delicious - Thanks for the lovely recipe!

Emily L. December 23, 2015

You are so cheesy

Broccolini Q. December 29, 2014

The hit of our Christmas Eve seven fish seafood feast. Next time I'll amp up the anchovies. These are Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits hacked.

marymary October 14, 2014

I get giddy when I come across a cool recipe and find that I already have all the ingredients. Can't wait to make these using my anchovy paste as a sub.

Manhattan T. February 22, 2014

Used a bit of anchovy paste with great results. Instead of baking immediately, I piped them onto parchment, froze them on the cookie sheet then rolled 'em up in the parchment, stuck 'em in a large ziplock and chucked them back in the freezer. I pull them out about 20 minutes before popping them in the oven and bake them as needed. They only bake about 4 minutes longer this way -- and having fresh gougeres on a whim is a lovely thing!

Sam B. October 30, 2013

Is that anchovies in oil from a tin or salted anchovies?

Summer O. October 30, 2013

I used the ones in a tin.

Simply C. May 17, 2013

I can imagine them filled with a vegetable mousse!

creamtea June 22, 2012

Oh, yum. These sound so good,I would probably polish off the whole batch when no one was looking Congratulations!

savorthis June 21, 2012

I made these as well and agree with summer of eggplant. Mine also did not puff a ton but I am in the mile high city so that might be it. They were great plain, but we also stuffed ours with tomato jam, arugula and grilled chicken for dinner.

withinseason June 26, 2012

Tomato jam! That's a great idea. ... back to the kitchen!

aargersi June 7, 2012

Man these sound amazing, I may have to make them tomorrow night!

aargersi June 13, 2012

Made these Saturday - SO GOOD! I had a houseful all ready willing and able to burn their lips in order to get one. They were a HUGE hit - just the perfect bite of anchovy in tasty cheesy puffs, without being overwhelming

withinseason June 26, 2012

Glad to hear it!

savorthis June 7, 2012

These look great. I am now pondering what to stuff them with.

Summer O. June 6, 2012

Well, you had me at anchovy and then at gougere. I will be making this soon!

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