Odessa serves these cheese puffs with a salad of winter greens, but gougères are also ideal to offer for a snack with drinks. They can be filled with leftovers and used to make large finger sandwiches as well.
Blended with mashed potatoes, this paste makes gnocchi. When mixed with fish or chicken puree, the same paste becomes a mousse or quenelles. And when sweetened (and the cheese omitted), it makes the puffs for éclairs.