I've made plenty of batches of the sweet beignets but savory ones are a new territory. The amount of fresh herbs was greatly reduced. The original recipe called for one half cup of parsley, another half cup of chervil and one bunch of chives. I used a mix of curly and flat leaf parsley, chives, small amount of fresh basil, chervil and a small amount of lovage. The beignets are best eaten as soon as they are made because they don't taste all that great as leftovers. *FREE PASS* to indulge! Was suggested on the website to serve with tomato relish. From FoodToLove.co.nz.
1Combine butter and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Note: a non-stick saucepan works best. Heat on LOW until butter melts. Bring *almost* to boiling point (DO NOT boil).
2Sift flour and salt together in a small prep bowl. Add to butter/water mixture all at once; stirring to combine. Cook, stirring, 1 minute, until mixture leaves the sides of the saucepan and forms a ball around the spoon. If you're using a non-stick this step will only take about 15 seconds. Remove saucepan from heat. Transfer mixture to bowl. [*Cool] about 15 minutes. *Reminder: the mixture has to be cool enough so that when you add the eggs in the next step, the eggs won't scramble!
3Using an electric mixer, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until thick, smooth and glossy. Stir in cheese and herbs. Season to taste.
4Heat oil in a heavy pan, until very hot. Using an oiled 1 1/2 " diameter cookie scoop or similar, scoop mixture into the hot oil. Cook in batches for 3-4 minutes, until puffed and golden all over; turning often to brown evenly. Transfer with slotted spoon to drain on paper towel. Serve immediately.