Instead of serving rolls with your holiday meal this year, try making cheddar gougeres. Gougeres are similar to a popover, in that they contain a lot of eggs and puff up so that the outside is crispy and the inside is light and airy. They really are not that complicated to make, and don't include yeast so there is no alchemy involved, but they still taste magical. Gougeres are also a lovely appetizer to serve with wine.
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of water
1 cup flour
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a pan, melt the butter, salt and a cup of water over high heat until combined. Remove from heat and stir in the flour, mixing vigorously until smooth. Transfer to a stand mixer and mix on medium while you add in the eggs slowly. Beat in the cheddar.
Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag (or in my case a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off). Squeeze blobs of 1 tablespoon or so of dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving an inch or so between each blob. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden on the outside.
Do you make rolls for the holidays?