I was quite surprised to find a salty profiterol recipe in Toraman kitchen with Swiss chard and mushrooms. I LOVE choux paste, it’s my favourite for all deserts, probably because it is not that sweet. But for whatever reason I have never imagined a salty one! I had to try!
I imagined it with saffron and cheese, so I used cheddar and saffron cream. The sauce needed a bit more reflection, so I had help from “Mide Lobisi”.
I had many flavour suggestions. Rose, terragon, lemon balm, sage, mustard, wasabi, fruits, dried raisins, espelette, paprika, onions, honey, hazelnuts, peanuts, cardamomes, cilantro, tomatoes… I’m sure I missed to note some. Even though I found rose to be very interesting, it was also a challenge to use in a salty dish so I decided to base my sauce on hazelnuts.
Did you see the black spectator? It is not a set up! Wherever there is food, Mickey is there watching! (Probably singing “I’ll be watching you“).
Did you know that salty profiterols are called gougères? At least it is a version where you mix cheese to the warm chou paste. But I prefer to call them profiterols, because why not?
We were to be 6 adults and 3 kids so I needed a looottt of dough. When baking the first batch, I was too excited and opend the oven door too early just to deflate them all. So I started making the second batch while the first batch rerose! So I have lots and lots of choux paste still after serving this dish. I added saffron to the chou paste but I don’t know why, the taste disappeared so it was a waste.
For the top, I prepared a hazelnut, paprika, terragon sauce with the help of İpek, and voilà!
Frankly, it would be more appealing to serve the sauce under the profiterols, it has hidden all the beauty of the profiterols. As the sauce is not as liquid as chocolate sauce that would be the best. I didn’t want the sauce to be any liquider because it wouldn’t be as flavourful. Anyway, I’ll serve the sauce under the profiterols the next time so it will look a lot better!
Also, I served this with passion fruit vinaigrette on salad. Don’t forget to serve with a salad!
Oh by the way – it was approuved by all!