Whether for a holiday party, Christmas with the family or a New Year’s Eve celebration, these cheese puffs, made from the fine, sharp Italian cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, will disappear even before all of the guests arrive.
4 tablespoons butter
1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
4 large eggs
5 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated
Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the butter, nutmeg and salt. When the butter begins to melt, lower the heat and add the flour. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough forms into a ball. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, stirring each into the mixture before adding the next. Add the Parmigiano and knead until soft, smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into walnut-sized balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Transfer to the oven to bake for 20 minutes, or until puffy and slightly golden. Makes about 36 puffs