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Gruyére and Anchovy Puffs

by , featured in Notes from a Small Kitchen Island
Published by Michael Joseph
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These are so delicious with drinks. Do not deprive yourself.

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Makes: about 25, depending on the size of the pastry

  • 2 rectangles of ready-made all-butter puff pastry (approximately 32 x 23cm)
  • 100 grams Gruyere cheese (grated)
  • 10 - 12 anchovies in oil (drained and roughly chopped)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water)


  • 20 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot (finely diced)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 20 grams plain flour
  • 250 millilitres full fat milk
  • 50 grams Gruyere cheese (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Gruyére and Anchovy Puffs is a guest recipe by Debora Robertson so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe

  1. First make the béchamel. In a small saucepan over a medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the shallot and the bay leaf and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Add the flour and stir constantly for 3–4 minutes, then remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Return the pan to a medium heat and stir until the sauce simmers and thickens, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cheese, stirring until it melts, then stir in the mustard. Taste and season well with salt and pepper. Decant on to a plate, cool, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge until very cold. You can do this the day before if you like.
  3. Lay one of the sheets of puff pastry on a chopping board and spread with the béchamel, all the way to the edges. Scatter on two-thirds of the cheese and all the anchovies, making sure they’re evenly spaced across the pastry. Lay the second sheet of pastry over the top and press it down lightly.
  4. Chill for 15 minutes in the fridge. If you’re making these for a party, you can prepare them to this stage up to 6 hours ahead.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment or Silpat. With a sharp knife, cut the pastry into approximately 4–5cm squares. Place them on the prepared sheet with a little space between them so they can puff up a bit. Brush with the egg wash and scatter the remaining cheese over the top. Add a few grinds of black pepper and bake for 12 minutes, until golden. Serve immediately.

Additional Information

This is a simple recipe which lends itself to endless adaptations. Try Cheddar with ham, goat’s cheese and figs, or chopped black or green olives with crumbled feta.

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