California Cheese Puffs

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: May 22, 2020

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These are quite possibly the most delicious cheese puffs you will ever pop into your mouth. Simple to make but incredibly festive and fun, especially with a great beer. Think about whipping up a batch of these babies for your next Zoom cocktail party.


Prep: combine all of the dry ingredients (sift everything at least once!); then beat eggs in separate bowl; combine ham, cheese and cilantro in another bowl; then combine water and butter in a sauce pan. Once you have your ingredients prepped, pre-heat your oven and get ready to rock n roll.



½ cup     All Purpose flour

½ tsp      Finely ground mustard seeds

½ tsp      Cayenne pepper

½ tsp      Salt

½ tsp      Pepper

¼ tsp      Ground nutmeg

1 tsp       Baking soda


2               Eggs, beaten


1 cup      Grated and loosely chopped Gruyere cheese

½ cup    Finely diced Parmacotta ham

2 tbsp    Finely chopped cilantro leaves (no stems!)


½ cup     Water

½ cup     Butter (room temperature, reserve foil wrapping to grease baking sheets)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or use professional aluminum baking sheets.

Bring butter/water to medium boil over medium/high heat. Remove from heat and add dry ingredients, mixing with wooden spoon until thoroughly combined; mixture will form a ball and pull away from sides of sauce pan – approximately 2 minutes.

Add ham/cheese/cilantro and thoroughly combine – approximately 1 minute.



Add half of egg mixture and thoroughly combine – approximately 1 minute, until mixture becomes fairly thick to stir.



Add remaining egg mixture and thoroughly combine – approximately 1 minute, until mixture becomes fairly easy to stir. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Using 2 teaspoons, scrape and dole out 1-inch teaspoon balls onto baking sheets, leaving 2 inches perimeters around balls. 20 balls per sheet. (4 x 5 grid)



Bake each sheet for 16-18 minutes, or until cheese puffs are golden brown. Transfer to baking rack for 2 minutes, then serve warm with an ice cold amber ale and your choice of dipping sauces.


Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the Editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group and Technology Designer Magazine. Previously, he was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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