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Swiss Cheese Chicken Puffs

My neighborhood has a progressive dinner before Christmas each year, and every house provides a course. These delightful puffs were served one year to everyone’s enjoyment. The cheesy flavor and creamy texture of the chicken salad mixture are wonderful inside the tender puffs. —Donna Kittredge, Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced chives, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Stir in cheese.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard the soft dough from inside the puffs. Cool puffs.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the first 7 filling ingredients. Spoon into puffs and, if desired, sprinkle with chives; replace tops. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 92 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.
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