Friday, December 7
Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)
On the 5th Day of Elgin Christmas, my true love gave to me:
FIVE GOLDEN CHEESE-PUFFS!
It's the first Friday in December and the holiday party season has officially begun. Whether you're heading out to a potluck or having the neighbours over for a cocktail, entertaining requires more than just sweets and candies. Among the platters of tarts and bowls of nuts, cheese is a must-have on every table.
All over the world, there are cheeses that are made regionally, specifically, and lawfully. Each style offers a taste of the land and each one is different from the next depending on the milk used, what the animal ate, how the curd was developed, how long the cheese was aged and hundreds of other factors. Here in Elgin County, attempting to source small-batch prepared cheese made from locally derived milk to serve at a get-together just wasn't possible. That is until now.
Crossroad Farms Cheese & Elgin Harvest Preserves
A small family farm located outside of Belmont, Ontario has changed that status. Brad & Janine Lunn, of Crossroad Farms, with the help of a cheesemonger in Woodstock, Ontario, have released some truly local cheese made with sheep's milk from their farm. At this point in time, two products are available from Crossroad Farms: a sweet, creamy, nutty Gouda (enjoy with a acidic, minerally Riesling) and a young, mild, cheddar which I've combined with fresh chives to make French Cheese Puffs.
Fresh baked Gougeres
Also known as gougeres (pronounced GOU-zhair), cheese puffs are a savoury bite made with choux pastry and cheese. Choux pastry (pronounced like shoe) are little balls that are hollow on the inside like popovers. Unlike popovers, the pastry becomes firm and crisp when baked. Choux pastry is also used to make such pastries as cream puffs (profiteroles) and eclairs.
Crossroad's Cheese- Gouda, Tellagio, & White Cheddar
French cheese puffs are traditionally eaten while tasting wine, and make a great finger-food for parties. They can be frozen and reheated, or served at room temperature. To order cheese puffs from Elgin Harvest- email or call the kitchen.
You can contact Crossroad Farms by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gougere Mini Breakfast Sandwiches
Edit: December 8, 2012
Cheese puffs aren't just for snacking; serve a basketful for breakfast with scrambled eggs, sliced ham and sweet chile sauce. Crossroad Farms cheese is also fantastic in quiche.
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.