Since I gave away some chocolate for Valentine’s Day last week, it seems only fitting to give away some cheese this week.
Sartori Cheese makes some incredible cheeses! In the past few years they’ve received over 100 awards, medals, and ribbons from some of the most competitive and prestigious cheese competitions in the world. ALL of them well deserved.
Not only do they make the most decorated Parmesan cheese in America, but they have an amazing line of their special Reserve cheeses.
Their Espresso BellaVitano cheese is hands down my favorite. The sugary BellaVitano wheels are hand rubbed with freshly roasted espresso and then aged to perfection. Seriously. Perfection.
Espresso BellaVitano is certainly extraordinary on its own, for breakfast, dessert, or well just about any time. But the slightly sweet and earthy espresso flavor and aroma make it the perfect cheese to add into your favorite Gougere recipe. There’s no extra seasoning required!
1 c. water
6 tbs. unsalted butter
1 tsp. sugar
Pinch of salt
1 c. flour
4 large eggs
1 c. Sartori BellaVitano Espresso Cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. This is one of the few occasions when I use parchment paper and NOT a silicone mat – the bottoms of the puffs tend to get darker and crispier when baked on a silicone mat, which you don’t want.
In a large saucepan, heat water, butter, sugar and salt until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a gentle simmer.
Add the flour all at one time (very important), and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball in the center of the pan and pulls away from the sides, about 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool 3-4 minutes before adding the eggs; this will keep the eggs from scrambling when you add them. Once cooled slightly, beat in the eggs one at a time until the mixture is nice and smooth. Finally, stir in the cheese. The consistency should be like a thick frosting – easy enough to pipe it but thick enough to hold its shape.
If I was having Martha Stewart over for dinner I would probably pipe them using a large round piping tip. For everyone else, I just use two spoons to form them into balls on the prepared baking sheets. They should be approximately a rounded tablespoon, like when making larger size cookies. Space them apart on the baking sheet as you would cookies so that they have room to rise as they bake. You should get about 24 puffs total.
Place in the oven and bake 25-30 minutes until lightly golden brown and puffed. If you need to, open one up to test it. The inside should be light and airy. If it still looks really moist and eggy, it’s not quite done.
Gougeres are best served warm.
Want to try some Sartori cheese for yourself?
Sartori Cheese is giving a lucky friend of The Three Little Piglets a gift pack of their award-winning cheeses. The winner will receive a Sartori insulated cooler filled with 4 assorted wedges of their cheese.
How to Enter
Head on over to Sartori Cheese, and browse through their line of incredible cheeses. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me which kind you’d most like to try. (Espresso BellaVitano doesn’t count!)
You have until Wednesday, February 15th, 12 midnight EST to enter this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.
To earn extra entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. You can leave one comment (entry) or many comments (entries). The choice is yours. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.
1. Like Sartori Cheese on Facebook
2. Like The Three Little Piglets on Facebook
3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page and be sure to leave me the link
4. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@Threelilpiglets). Here’s a sample tweet you could use or make up your own: I’d love to win some cheese from Sartori Cheese and @Threelilpiglets #giveaway (<-tweet this)
5. Share this giveaway in any other creative way you can think up & let me know.
*This giveaway is sponsored by Sartori Cheese. I was in no way compensated for this post; I am just a HUGE fan of their products and was more than happy to share to the love!