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blue-cheese-and-pine-nut-puffsIf you’re looking to keep things simple and delicious this holiday season, you might want to consider this delicious side dish. With the wonderful flavor of blue cheese combined with the underused pine nut, these pastry puffs are the perfect side wow your guests (or the host). And not to mention, they look just as good as they taste!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups finely crumbled Roquefort or other blue cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup finely shredded Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine water, butter, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add flour all at once; stir well. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.
  3. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes. Then, add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a spoon after each addition. Stir in Roquefort cheese, Gruyere cheese, and pine nuts.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Transfer dough to a pastry bag. Pipe 1-inch mounds of dough, 1 inch apart, onto prepared baking sheets. (Note: You can use a 1/2-inch open star tip piping to give it an extra flare)
  5. Bake for roughly 20 minutes or until golden and firm, rotating sheets halfway through baking if necessary for even browning. Let cool for a few minutes and serve warm.

Recipe Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

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