Savory Cream Puffs

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Two savory cream puffs on a plate

The snow has stopped falling. The electricity is back on. The heat is working. Hallelujah! Those of you that live in warmer places, thank your parents or yourselves for living there. I am really considering the option of moving down to Florida or maybe even Arizona.

As I write this, the thermometer outside of my kitchen window appears to be stuck at -9 degrees Fahrenheit. According to my husband, it’s not stuck; it really is -9! I can’t even say, “I’m freezing!”, because that is below the freezing point!

View of a snowy yard through icicles hanging down from the roof

Needless to say, we have been cooped up inside this house for a week. I had a chance to get out on Saturday to pick up a few things, but I could not wait to get back home – the roads are nasty and the cold is unbearable.

For the reason that we are all in with nowhere else to go, I got to cook up, bake up, clean up, and all the “ups” there are to do when you have nothing else going on.

These cream puffs came about as we were preparing to entertain some guests that could not make it because of the snow drifts. I was so disappointed, but I can’t blame them – it’s like the apocalypse out there.

A savory cream puff on a bed of baby spinach leaves
Savory Cream Puffs

You will need:

  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature

For the filling:

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup ham, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickles, finely chopped

For the topping:

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • Monterey Jack cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • In a large saucepan put in the margarine, water, and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Add in the flour and mix vigorously until the mixture begins to pull away from the pan and you get a smooth ball of dough. This will take about a minute or less.

Cream puff dough in a bowl with a wooden spoon

  • Put the dough into a mixing bowl and beat in eggs one at a time on low speed. Beat until well combined.

Smooth cream puff batter in a bowl with a wooden spoon

  • Drop about a tablespoon of dough mixture onto a baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches of room in-between each drop.
  • Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.

Baked cream puffs without filling

  • During the cooling process, work on the filling by chopping up the ham and pickles; mix them in a bowl together with the sour cream and combine.
  • Once the puffs have cooled, cut each of them in half, crosswise.
  • Put a tablespoon of the filling on the bottom half of the puff and top it with the other half. Do that with the rest of the puffs.
  • When finished, pipe some sour cream on top and garnish with grated Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Allow them to cool in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.

Savory cream puff on a plate

53 Responses
  1. sidra

    hi dear kindely tell me the taste of puff is it crunchy or i have to bake till they become crunchy or they are soft and kindely tell me the consistency of batter too

  2. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I’m sorry it’s cold. I’m hoping that things have started warming up and melting by now? Yes, I’m about a week behind in my reading, but I’m trying to catch up! I don’t want to miss anything. 🙂

    I have to admit that if I had those sitting in my fridge, I’d be hoping that company can’t come over so I could eat them all. Look and sound fantastic.

  3. Kristi Rimkus

    I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine how cold that must be. The lowest I can recall in Seattle was in the low 20s. At least being cooped up is giving you an opportunity to make some very impressive dishes. I would never have thought to make a savory cream puff. I love the filling. It looks amazing!


  4. Drick

    goodness, these are not the cream puffs I expected and if I had to be stuck inside, I would hope it would be with a fascinating clever person like yourself… I think I could eat a dozen of these

  5. Cheryl and Adam @

    You have our sympathy on your winter woes. We’ve been through the coldest winter on record… gets old pretty quickly! Lovely recipe for Savory Cream Puffs. These will chase away some winter blues!

  6. Sara @CaffeIna

    I am very very grateful for having chosen California as my new home! Good thing that after the storm you whip up these puffs! I love savory cream puffs! Wonderful as starter and yes, why not, as a snack!

  7. Mateja

    Just love it! First I thought it was sauerkraut sitting on the top, which wouldn’t be bad either, right? Thank you for sharing Kate 🙂

  8. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    YUM! These look soooo delectable. I can probably pop five in my mouth right now. I hope the weather situation will be looking up soon for you guys!

  9. C1tr4

    Your creampuff seems perfect! And I like it more with sweet custard actually ..but I bet your is just perfect. U did good job here.. ^_^

  10. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    So sorry about the awful weather you are having but happy your heating/power is back on. Reminds me of our ice storm in 1998. I recently also spent 24hr without power and I know what you mean by boredom!

    Too bad your guests missed these savory puffs, I would gobble them down in a sec.

  11. My

    Your choux look really delicious.
    After growing up in a land of iced windows and blocked roads, I live in a warmer place… I still had snow today. OK it’s a symbolic amount. Well, your garden looks quite and relaxing in white.

  12. Liz

    These sound incredible, Kate. Way, way back in time, I made both sweet and savory cream puffs for a bridal shower. We all enjoyed the savory ones better…your filling and garnishings are impeccable!

  13. Chef Dennis

    those creampuffs look so very very good! I have to admit I have never thought of savory cream puffs….what a great idea!
    thanks for teaching me something today!

  14. Geni

    Those savory cream puffs look delicious!!! I’m experiencing similar snowy, cold weather where I am, so maybe I’ll give them a try some afternoon. There’s nothing like staying in and cooling on a cold afternoon!

  15. Rich

    I can’t even comprehend -9. I’m being honest. To me, -9 is like the Theory of Relativity – I know it exists, but I have no grasp of the reality of it.

    Now, with that said, these cream puffs look out of this world! A comfort, I am sure …

  16. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    If I lived around your area, I’d gladly brave the snowstorm just to have a bite of these savory puffs! Your choux pastry looks so perfect and the savory flavor is a refreshing change from the norm. Love it.

  17. Sommer J

    I made a cheesy version of cream puffs (they were minis) and it was a huge hit! My husband loves everything about homemade sweet cream puffs.. Yours looks amazing- I love the filling you used. You’ve made me even more excited to make more of these! Brilliant 🙂

  18. Monet

    What a unique idea! I love cream puffs (who doesn’t?) but I’ve never thought of making a savory version. I guess the cold is doing some good! Thank you for sharing, sweetheart. I hope you have a wonderful Friday…and an even better weekend.

  19. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    Very interesting, I have never heard of such a thing! Love it, sounds amazing!! Sorry it’s so cold & you’ve been trapped indoors but at least something yummy came out of it 🙂

  20. Chef Gerald@bistrogerard

    These look delicious and a very interesting change from the usually sweet filling for choux pastry. I’m sure your guests that couldn’t make it are very envious for missing out on these 🙂

  21. Jean

    I LOVE this! Would it be mean to say that I would have been happy for guests not to make it so I could have these all to myself? I love the filling. Bookmarked and buzzed!

  22. Sandra

    Wow, this is a great recipe. Maybe you should be snowed in again, if this is what happens (just kiddin). Wonderful post. Thank you.

  23. Claudia

    This is so much fun (not the weather – that can go away) but I love savory and think it simply grand to make savory cream puffs. They are the perfect antidote to winter – all those flavors nourishing the spirit. Warm-up coming here tomorrow – I hope for you also.

  24. Jessica

    I love the idea of savory cream puffs! They can serve as both appetizer or dessert! Or I guess, if we eat enough of it, dinner. And by the way, I think you should move to California =)

  25. lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    omg kate… i want to reach thru my screen and grab one of those puffs! they look absolutely perfect! i predict a top 9 with this one… 😉

  26. Lauren

    OOOHHHHHHH man these look good. Thanks for posting. I have only ever seen ones that are sweet…now something savory……yummmmmmm

  27. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Oh, Kate, I love these!!! I am used to make some similar ones, but the filling is :)) sweet… I should try your recipe – your puffs look so delicious!!

  28. Evan @swEEts

    Ooh these look good! Believe it or not, we’ve been struggling with the same weather here in Texas! We were without water or electricity as well but we didn’t get nearly as much snow as you did! Hopefully these little puffs warmed you up 🙂

  29. Big Al

    Holly Crap!!! These look awesome!!! Nice job… I really suck at making this stuff, but you make it sound so easy….thanks for a great post!!! I think im gonna try!!!

  30. therealnutritionist

    I’m making a similar thing [with just cheese] for Valentine’s day! For a minute I thought the inside was lobster and I about died. I’m sure they are amazing anyway!

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