There is more than one Independence Day in the month of July.
While there is the obvious 4th
of July, which celebrates the United States independence, there is the lesser known Canada Day on July 1st
. Even lesser known than that is Bastille Day on July 14th
celebrating French Independence. I’m actually surprised more people don’t celebrate it as we here in the states are always looking for a reason to throw a party (Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, etc).
I surely won’t be passing up the chance to celebrate Bastille Day! I’ve got my French 75 Champagne Cocktail
and Cheese Gougeres
(cheese puffs) all ready to go. What’s great about Bastille Day is that if you plan it right you can reuse your 4th
of July décor. USA….red, white, and blue. France….red, white, and blue. Plus, as an added bonus or excuse to celebrate Bastille Day, it falls on a Saturday this year.
Back in the days when people threw dinner parties, Gougeres were all the rage. For those unfamiliar with them they are a savory version of a cream puff (minus the cream in the middle) usually with cheese and/or herbs in them. The key to making them is to have everything in place and measured out before you start.
After the butter has melted into the water and salt mixture you will want to dump all of the flour in at once. You will need to stir the flour mixture vigorous and continuous until if forms a ball and has pulled completely away from the sides. Then let cool for 2 minutes. I like to move it to another bowl in order to help the process along.
Add the eggs, then cheese and/or herbs and place into a piping bag. Pipe them to be about the size of a quarter.
They can be a little intimidating, but even if yours don’t “puff” they still taste wonderful all the same.
Now, go get your French on!
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