This was another experiment for Jeff and Alicia’s open house. They turned out great. Thanks, Elizabeth, for making them!

Ham and Gruyere Puffs

1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped or ground Black Forest ham (2 ounces)
1 cup finely shredded Gruyere cheese

Combine butter, salt and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the flour and cook until it’s combined. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs one at a time. Then stir in the pepper, ham and shredded cheese.

Pipe or dollop onto baking sheet (makes about 36) and bake at 425° for about 25 minutes.

Optional: If you’d like, press a 1/2″ cube of Gruyere cheese into each puff after baking and return to the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese. It looked pretty, but we actually thought they tasted better without the additional cheese.