Money savings appetizer

These savory little cheese puffs are great alone, or you can fill them with crabmeat, mushroom filling, or chicken salad. The cost of the filling is not included, but at $0.23 per serving, you’ve got room to splurge.


·  3 tablespoons unsalted butter  

·  3/4 teaspoon salt

·  1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

·  1 cup all-purpose flour  

·  4 large eggs  

·  1/2 cup finely shredded Gruyère

·  Crab salad, sautéed mushrooms or other filling, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter 2 large baking sheets.
  2. Bring 1 cup water, butter, salt and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat. Add flour; beat with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball.
  3. Transfer dough to a large bowl. With electric mixer on high speed, add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each. Beat until mixture is smooth and has cooled. Beat in cheese.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of mixture 1 inch apart on baking sheets. With dampened fingers, smooth tops. Bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on pans on wire racks. Slice off top third; discard doughy centers. Fill, if desired, and replace tops.