Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 60 to 80 servings
- 1 cup beer
- 8 Tablespoons (1 stick or 1/4 pound) butter
- 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- Filling of your choice
In a heavy saucepan, heat beer and butter until it barely comes to a boil and the butter is melted. Add flour and salt, lower heat, and stir constantly until the mixure pulls away from the side of the pan and forms a ball. Remove from the heat and let rest for 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each one in until the dough is shiny.
Drop or pipe dough in 1-inch rounds onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees F. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and turn baking sheets. Bake beer puffs an additional 10 minutes until brown and dry. Turn off oven, crack open the oven door, and let puffs dry further until cool.
Split beer puffs with a fork (or slice with a serrated knife) and fill with your choice of fillings such as paté, chicken salad, tuna salad, seafood salad, vegetable cheese mix, pudding, mousse, or whatever you like.
Note: Feel free to add your favorite herbs or spices to the flour for added flavor. I used a piping tip to make fast work of forming the puffs on the baking sheets. I do not bother with a pastry bag. Just cut a small corner from a zip-top freezer bag, insert the piping tip, spoon in the batter, squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and pipe the puffs. No pastry bag to wash.
Yield: 60 to 80 small puffs