Espresso Gougeres and a Giveaway *Closed*

 I’ve often joked that the real way to win my heart is with chocolate and cheese!

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.

 Isn’t it gorgeous? I would be embarrassed to admit out loud how many blocks of this cheese I have eaten since I discovered it!

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!

 They make the perfect appetizer for Valentine’s Day! Or any other day for that matter…

Espresso Gougeres and a Giveaway *Closed*

Yields: 24 Gougeres

Ingredients

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

Directions

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?

Giveaway Details
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!

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Comments

  1. 51

    Shared your giveaway on my FB page!

    https://www.facebook.com/JuanitasCocina#!/JuanitasCocina

  2. 52

    Tweeted your giveaway!

  3. 53

    Do you remember the lottery commercial when the man is in front of the cheese display aisle and he says…..”now I can buy all this cheese”. Well that pretty much sums up my attitude toward cheese…I love it. If I have to pick just one it would be Salsa Asiago.

  4. 54

    Your gougeres look so delicious! Oh my! I would love to try their Mediterranean Fontina. What a generous giveaway!

  5. 55

    I LIKED their page on Facebook.

  6. 56

    I LIKED your page on Facebook.

  7. 57

    I shared your giveaway with my friends on Facebook. I’m not sure how to leave the link though. Honor system.

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  9. 59

    Oh, these look yummy! Cheese makes the world a better place! I would love to try their rosemary and olive oil asiago!

  10. 60

    I already like you on facebook!

  11. 61

    I would love to ry the Classic Parmesean

  12. 62

    I like Sartori On Facebook!

  13. 63

    I like you on Facebook!

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    I shared on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/pin/162833342747014556/

  17. 67

    I’d like to try the Olive Oil Asiago Cheese

  18. 68

    Liked Sartori Cheese on Facebook!

  19. 69

    Liked the Three Little Piglets on facebook

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  22. 72

    I’d like to try RASPBERRY BELLAVITANO

  23. 73
  24. 74

    I would like to try their Classic Fontina.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. 75

    I like you on Facebook. Debbie Christie

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. 76

    I like Sartori Cheese on Facebook. Debbie Christie

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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    These look amazing – how interesting to pair coffee and cheese!
    The cheeses themselves look to die for :)

  30. 80

    I already am a fan of your fb page (Kerstin Wolff)

  31. 81

    Tweeted! (kirikiri1)

  32. 82

    I would love to try the Raspberry BelVitano, it sounds amazinG!

  33. 83

    If I win this I have to make this gougeres. I heard about this before (saw from other blog) but I was too worried it won’t turn out good… but now looking at yours my second chance! Sartori has amazing cheese! I liked their facebook fan page.

  34. 84

    I’m already your fan!

  35. 85

    I would pick the Merlot Bellavitano or the Extra Aged Fontina. So many wonderful flavors it was hard to pick.

  36. 86

    I like Three Little Piglets on FB.

  37. 87

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  38. 88

    I don’t know if I can choose between the basil olive oil and raspberry belvitano! Both sound amazing! I consider wine and cheese dinner more often than i should admit, and would love to try this cheese :)

  39. 89

    Espresso BellaVitano cheese sounds amazing. Not sure I can get it around here, but sounds phenomenal. So, we went to a “Sherpa” restaurant for lunch. They had a buffet, and we ate so much that we weren’t hungry for dinner. Spinach Saag, Rita, Chicken Curry, Naan, the works.

    By the way, is Jessica F. (above) from Tacoma Washington?

    thanks for the post.
    Sol

  40. 90

    Salsa Asiago! Love spicy.
    What a fun giveaway!

  41. 91

    I like you on facebook!

  42. 92

    Oh my – these do look good. Little cheesey puffs of joy :D That cheese looks amazing though… Espresso Bella Vitano… I *love* the sound of that! Suppose there’s no chance of winning cheese over in Europe though :(

  43. 94

    I’ve demoed Satori cheese several times and I cannot choose which one is favorite one! My sister grates some of the cheese into her apple pie crust and boy is that good. Can’t keep the stuff in the cooler when we have a cheese demo going on. Great stuff, thank for the recipe, I hope I can use this/pass it on during the next cheese sale, if thats ok with you.

  44. 96

    I would love to try their Dolcina Gorgonzola… although they all look good. I’m a cheese fiend!

  45. 97
    MommaMary says:

    I’m a fan of Sartori Cheese,

  46. 98

    That Cognac BellaVitano looks amazing. Steeped in Remy Martin.. WOW.. I would love to try that. Booze soaked Cheese…

  47. 99

    I liked Satori Cheese on FB

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    I liked the three little piglets on FB

  49. 101

    Man that food looks SO good!

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