On Sunday, we hosted Amy's family (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law and 4-year-old niece) for a fall feast. Our backyard maple tree complied, with leaves ranging from harvest gold to scarlet red. It was warm but overcast, with just a slight chill in the air. We started prepping on Thursday, since we were making several dishes, with all new recipes, and our hard work and effort really paid off. When asked what their favorite dish was, each of our guests had a different answer! That must mean everything was delicious!!! This week we will do daily posts about our Fall Feast, with recipes (or links to them) and photos.
Today, we'll start with the appetizer. We had brought home a beautiful wedge of maple-smoked gouda from Taylor Farm in Londonderry, Vermont around the same time that we saw a recipe for gougères here on epicurious.com. Our idea was to make these savory cheese puffs with the maple-smoked gouda, and what a great idea it was! The puffs were light, airy and cheesy, with a nice hint of smokiness. The recipe (which we highly recommend!) seems difficult but is actually quite quick and easy, as it is just choux pastry with cheese mixed into it. We had never made choux pastry before, but now will include it among our "easy yet elegant entertaining" ideas. These made great start to our Fall Feast!!!