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FFwD: Sriracha Cheddar Mini Puffs (Instead of Herbed Goat Cheese)

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs

So, really, I was originally thinking that I would just sit this French Fridays with Dorie out. It’s a very busy week coming up and I just didn’t think I would have the time. Then, I saw that the recipe for Friday was Goat Cheese Mini Puffs and decided that I really, really had to make them, time management be damned.

Of course, I forgot to go to the store and get goat cheese. That’s a problem. After looking around my kitchen crazily for a bit I came up with the idea of Marscapone (cream cheese’s fancy-pants Italian cousin, which I did have in the fridge), Parmesan, herbs and low fat Greek yogurt for the cream. But then…I saw the sriracha. And some cheddar cheese. And that was that.

I also quartered the original recipe and wound up with six puffs. The quartering worked fairly well. The only issue I had was getting the lone egg to incorporate into the dough smoothly. After beating a bit in the stand mixer, I decided to use a rubber spatula and arm power — that seemed to work and the dough came together.

Srircha-Cheddar Substitute Filling: I used the amounts below for my six puffs, if you make a full or half recipe of Pate a Choux, you’ll need to make more.

2 parts Cream Cheese (or Marscapone) – 2 Tbsp
1 part grated Parmesan cheese – 1 Tbsp
1.5 parts low fat yogurt – 1.5 Tbsp
1 part grated cheddar cheese – 1 Tbsp
Sriracha to taste – 1 tsp

Okay, so here’s a link to everyone’s puffs this week and my photos below. Also, don’t forget to enter my wheat germ giveaway in the previous post. You’ve got less than a day to leave a comment.

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs
Scooping out the Pate a Choux. Mine were probably closer to tablespoon-sized.

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs
Out of the oven after about 24 minutes total.

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs
Mixing the filling — marscapone, parmesan, Greek yogurt, cheddar and sriracha!

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs
I sliced my puffs (rather than piping). First one sliced open, perfectly hollow. Hooray!

Sriracha-Cheddar Mini Puffs
Ready to eat. They are all gone now because six puffs isn’t that many when you have to share.

7 comments to FFwD: Sriracha Cheddar Mini Puffs (Instead of Herbed Goat Cheese)

  • Spicy filling sounds great with these! It was nice to be reminded that pate a choux can be used as more than a vehicle for pastry cream (not that that’s a bad thing…)

  • LOVE the subbed filling… bookmarking to try later. The husband will adore this. :)

  • Your filling sounds quite delicious…and your puffs look lovely! Nicely done!

  • I like the sound of your filling. I made a half batch and worried whether the stand mixer would work. It was successful, but it’s good to know that a quarter batch is workable by hand.

  • I actually googled to figure out what the Sriracha was before reading enough to see your picture :) Too funny and too yummy. We love cheddar and hot sauce in this house so I think you came up with a magnificent combo. Well done. And I am feeling even more guilty (and less creative….) since when I ran late Nana simply brought her leftover herbed cheese over to me :)

  • Love the filling idea and that scoop you used to shape the dough so perfectly – experience shows in the details!!

  • Just love the fact that you paired Sriracha with Pate a Choux – what until the French hear that one. I bet it was yummy. As delicious as they looked in your pictures, I bet you wish you had made more. Nice creative mixture.