"I love cheesy poofs. You love cheesy poofs. If we didn't eat cheesy poofs, we'd be laaaame." - Cartman
Cheesy poofs are most likely based on Cheetos Puffs, a snack by Frito Lay. If you're looking for a homemade alternative, I've included a recipe for gougères - the fanciest of cheesy poofs. Gougères are light, easy, and have a delightful hollow center.
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How to Make Fancy Cheesy Poofs (Gougères)
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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup water, butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. When butter melts, reduce the heat to low and add the flour.
While stirring, cook until mixture begins to pull away from the side of the pan (about 1 minute).
Remove from heat.
Stir in cheese until well incorporated.
Mix in the eggs one at a time, and stir until the batter is smooth and firm.
Drop mixture in rounded spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake until the cheesy poofs have doubled in size and are golden brown in color (about 18-20 minutes).
Serve warm or cold as a light appetizer or side dish.