As a continuation from our Valentine’s Day dinner post, one of the dishes I made for our appetizers was Bacon Parmesan Gougere. The easiest way to describe a Gougere is a cheese puff. The more technical way of explaining a Gougere is a choux pastry (used to make eclairs, cream puffs etc) made with cheese. They’re typically served as an hors d’oeuvres or it can be served along side soup like a biscuit or a bread.
While I was looking at different French cookbooks to come up with other dishes to accompany our French meal, this recipe came up a few time and it’s hard to turn down a recipe with bacon in it.
This recipe was fairly easy to make. First, I had to make the choux pastry dough by heating up the milk and butter in a small sauce pan over medium high heat and bringing it to a simmer. Then, I added the flour and pinch of salt to the mixture and mixed vigourously until it formed a smooth dough and the mixture no longer sticks to the side of the pan. When done, transfer the dough into a mixing bowl and press it out to the sides of the bowl to help the dough cool down faster. Allow to chill for a few minutes until it is warm to the touch (approximately 5 mins).
A while back, I had a strong craving for pizza and I was determined to make my own from scratch. I didn’t really want to go out and buy pizza nor did we want to eat the pre-made frozen ones. We normally buy pre-made pizza dough for $2-3 at an independent grocery store but since this was such a last minute decision, it was already closed. Desperate and determined to make pizza from scratch, we settled on pre-made pizza dough from Fresh Co. Never again…. The final product was a very dense and extra chewy dough that lacked good flavour. Though the toppings were delicious, the dough/crust just ruined it for us. We were both extremely disappointed.
Hence round 2! I was determined that I could make a better pizza dough than the one we bought at a chain grocery store and man, it was definitely a lot better! I’m never paying for pre-made pizza dough ever again that’s all I’m saying. And the final product?
OMG. Beautiful :’) Nothing beats homemade pizza. I mean, check out the crust below.
When it comes to pizza crust, it all comes down to personal preference. I prefer a slightly thicker crust because I like something to chew on, but my bf likes thin crust pizza. It all worked out at the end because this recipe makes 2 pizzas so we made a thin crust one, and a thicker crust one 🙂