When it comes to family dinner, my kids get picky about everything — except bread. A grand idea for them, a grand way for me to spend hours in the kitchen. Homemade rolls are hard. But they’re so good! I’ll admit that even I would take a warm homemade roll for dinner at every meal, if it weren’t for how long and involved those babies are to make!
Which is exactly why discovering this insanely delicious recipe for cheese puffs may be the single greatest family dinner find ever. Made in a saucepan with a simple batter, then baked into warm, soft mini breads, these Cheddar Dill Puffs are reminiscent of Brazilian Cheese bread. Plus, they’re made with basic ingredients you likely already have on hand.
Make Them in < 60 Minutes
Unlike yeast breads, this recipe can be mixed and baked in no time at all! To enjoy these for dinner tonight, start prepping about 45 minutes before dinner. You’ll want to eat them hot and gooey, right out of the oven.
Ready to make this delicious recipe? You’re going to love it! Grab the recipe below, then come back and let us know how it went at home. We’d love to get your feedback, your variation ideas, and to see your family enjoying these delicious puffs.
Cheddar Dill Puffs
Makes: 24 puffs
1 cup water
1 stick butter
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup flour (all-purpose or gluten-free all purpose)
4 large eggs
1 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons fresh dill, or chives, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter, and salt to a simmer.
3. Once butter has melted, add flour all at once and cook. Use a wooden spoon to stir it until the mixture begins to pull away from the edge of the pan.
4. Remove from heat and cool slightly, about 3 minutes.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring until each is completely mixed, and the mixture is glossy.
6. The batter should hold soft peaks once it’s well-mixed. Stir in cheese and dill (or chives).
7. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
8. Using a 1-inch mini ice cream scoop, drop the batter by scoopfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the mounds about 1 inch apart.
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the cheddar puffs are golden brown and puffy.
Try These Variations
One of the things I love most about this recipe is it is so easy to swap the flavors! They can be made with any hard, shreddable cheese and up to 1 cup of stir-ins. Try swapping in these delicious combos for the cheddar and dill in my recipe.
- Pizza Puffs: shredded parmesan + chopped pepperoni
- Garden Pesto Puffs: shredded asiago + fresh chopped basil
- Loaded Puffs: shredded sharp cheddar + bacon bits + fresh chopped chives
- Three Cheese Puffs: equal parts cheddar + gouda + asiago
- Spicy Rosemary Puffs: shredded asagio + 1 tablespoon dried rosemary