Recipe By Chef John
Published Mar 1st
Prep 25m Cook 35m Additional 30m Ready In 1h 30m
Servings 12 servings Calories 159

While this is by no means an authentic Irish recipe, I do use Irish beer, Irish butter, and sharp Irish Cheddar (along with a French technique!) to make these easy, cheesy puffs that are perfect for entertaining. Delicious to eat alone or with this spring onion and mascarpone spread.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Irish-style butter
  • ½ cup Irish stout beer (such as Guinness® Extra Stout)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup grated sharp Irish Cheddar cheese, plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped leeks, washed thoroughly and drained
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner (such as Silpat®).
  2. 2 Combine butter, beer, salt, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Let butter melt and bring to a simmer. Add flour all at once and stir with a wooden spoon until it all comes together, about 30 seconds. Continue to cook and stir until the dough dries out a bit and starts sticking to the bottom of the pan, another minute or so. Turn off the heat and continue stirring for another 1 to 2 minutes, scraping as much off the bottom of the pan as you can.
  3. 3 Transfer dough into a bowl. Add one egg and whisk it into a bit of the hot dough. Keep whisking in more dough until incorporated. Repeat with remaining egg, cleaning out the whisk as needed, until well combined and dough is sticky.
  4. 4 Add ¾ cup Cheddar cheese and cayenne and stir until incorporated.
  5. 5 Scoop 12 rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Press a little Cheddar on the tops and sides of each puff.
  6. 6 Bake in the center of the preheated oven until nicely puffed and beautifully browned, about 25 minutes. Turn off the oven and crack the door; let cheese puffs cool, undisturbed, for 30 minutes.
  7. 7 Meanwhile, make the spread: Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add leek and ½ teaspoon salt; cook and stir until just barely tender, 7 to 10 minutes, adding a splash of water every few minutes to prevent browning.
  8. 8 Stir in green onions and sauté briefly for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer leek-onion mixture to a bowl and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. 9 Add lemon juice and mascarpone cheese and mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until cheese puffs have finished cooling.
  10. 10 Serve cheese puffs with spread.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 159
  • Carbohydrate 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol 60.3 mg
  • Fat 12.6 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 4.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.7 g
  • Sodium 251.8 mg


  1. Omg this are so good, I thought I got the recipe wrong when making dough, but no I kept going and the result it's delicious, definetelly to quadruple the recipe. My husband and I ate it in 5 min., all 12 pieces. Made the dip too, also a keeper. Thank you chef, we live it.P. - Read more ...

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