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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Red Pepper Asiago Gougere Bites

I was looking for a new bread to serve for Christmas Eve dinner and this fit the bill.  They came together a lot like a cream puff.  Give them a try because I think you will like them.  They will make any meal special.
I used a combination of red, green and yellow bell peppers for this recipe.  I also had to use dried basil instead of fresh.
Start with 1 cup water.
Put 1 stick butter in a heavy saucepan
Add water and turn on medium heat 6-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil.
It is boiling well.  I always hate these recipes where something has to boil for a certain amount of time because I am always afraid I haven't boiled it enough.
Add 1 cup all purpose flour
Reduce heat to low, stir in the flour and garlic salt vigorously until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a ball.
Getting closer but still stirring.
Now it is forming a ball and coming away from the sides.  This is like a cream puff.
Add 4 eggs one at a time beating well after each addition until the mixture is smooth.
Mixed well.
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil.  Use 1 1/2 Tablespoons of fresh
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper.
1 cup Asiago or Parmesan cheese
Mix well.
Using a tablespoon drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Sprinkle each with a little additional cheese.
They are ready for the oven.  Place in a preheated 400 degree oven.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  These can be made to this point and then frozen to be used later.  They can stay in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Ready to serve.  They are very flavorful.

Red Pepper Asiago Bites Recipe
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil

Place in a preheated 400 oven.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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