For any house party, snacks are a must, and there’s nothing better than a dish that can be made quickly. With cream puffs as a base, these delicious gougères will be the talk of your party. A quick tip: while preparing the dough, make sure to cook it properly until it stops sticking to the sides of the pot. And to get that perfect crispiness and risen gougères, boiling the water helps.
● 3 tablespoons salted butter, cut into cubes
● ¼ teaspoon black pepper
● ½ cup water
● 3 large eggs
● ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
● ½ cup (about 2 1/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
● 1 ¼ teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme, divided
● 3 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup), divided
● ½ ounce sevruga caviar (1 tablespoon)
● 1 ounce sliced prosciutto
● ½ cup crème fraîche
● ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
● 1 ounce smoked salmon, sliced
● Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
● Take a medium-sized saucepan and add water, salt, butter, and pepper to it. Heat it for one minute over a medium flame to melt the butter. Add all the flour in one go, and keep stirring it continuously until the mixture has dried and stops sticking to the sides of the pan; this will take around two minutes.
● Take the pan off the heat and transfer the mixture into a bowl. Beat the mixture until it is cool. Add eggs while beating the mixture and beat until they’re mixed properly. Continue beating until the batter is smooth. Once it has reached its desired texture, stir 1 teaspoon of the thyme and 1/2 cup of the Gruyère into it.
● Pour the batter into a ziplock bag with a 1-inch hole cut in one of its corners. Twist the bag’s top and pipe the dough onto the prepared baking sheet in a 1 1/2-inch mound.
● Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of Gruyère equally over each mound. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. With a small knife, poke each gougère on the side after removing the baking sheet from the oven. Gougères should be baked again in the oven for five more minutes at 400°F. Once done, remove them and let them cool on a baking pan for 10 minutes. Pour crème fraîche over the gougères evenly (about 1 teaspoon each). Add caviar, lemon zest, and smoked salmon to the top half of the gougères and spread it out evenly. Top the other half of the gougères with prosciutto and the final 1/4 teaspoon of thyme.
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With five different existing subcategories, Tripadvisor decided to add one more to the list: the Hidden Gem. Let’s find out how and who won the Best of the Best title for the very first year.
The Hidden Gem Restaurant Award
This year, Tripadvisor decided to introduce a new subcategory for restaurants. The Hidden Gem nominees are the restaurants that are not wide open to people but serve the most delicious food to their guests. After going through the reviews and ratings, Tripadvisor gave this award to Green Point in Cusco, Peru. People love everything about this place, from the landscape to food so tasty that you would not be able to stop.
Other Hidden Gems That Almost Won
Although there is only one winner, there are still many who deserve to be noticed. Other restaurants that made the list of the Hidden Gem are Taberna el Sur in Madrid, Spain, IX CAT IK Mayan Cuisine in Valladolid, Mexico, Mivan Restaurant Cafe in Istanbul, Turkey, La Locanda Gesù Vecchio in Naples, Italy, Indian Palace in Florence, Italy, La Fiesta Restaurant in Doncaster, United Kingdom, La, Dolce Vita, Pipa in Praia da Pipa, Brazil, Little India in Los Cristianos, Spain, and Tierra Roja Restaurant in Chia, Colombia.
Top Ten in the US by Tripadvisor
Tripadvisor also released a list of the top ten hidden gems in the USA. The one that topped the list was a little café in the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, in Savannah, Georgia. Following that are Seaside Cafe at the Mansion in Key West, Florida, Mersea Restaurant & Bar in San Francisco, California, Chubby’s Deli in Sevierville, Tennessee, Finelli’s Italian Villa in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls, Montana, Rocco’s N.Y. Style Pizza by Mama D’s House in Branson, Missouri, Pickin Porch Grill in Branson, Missouri, Bakery Restaurant and Lounge in Niagara Falls, New York, and Buxton Munch Company in Buxton, North Carolina.