Cheddar Puffs with Tomato Jam (Lactose Intolerant-Friendly Dairy!)

Cheddar Puffs with Tomato Jam (Lactose Intolerant-Friendly Dairy!)

This recipe here — and the stamp of lactose intolerance (LI) — is actually the key to opening a treasure trove of dairy deliciousness. Let it be known that an LI label need NOT close the door to the good health, rich taste, and crave-worthy creaminess of dairy. As we’ve had the opportunity to partner with National Dairy Council, this has become quite evident to us and we are downright delighted to help spread the good word.

So, start here, with this seemingly decadent cheddar hors d’oeuvres, and keep reading for links to several more LI-friendly dairy recipes, resources, and events featuring real, delicious dairy, and inspired and sponsored by National Dairy Council.


Cheese Puffs with tomato Jam

  • Yield: About 30 puffs; 10 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

lactose intolerant-friendly ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. reduced-fat sharp cheddar, shredded
  • Tomato jam (approx. 1 ½ tsp. per puff)

cheddar LI appetizer recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine butter and water in a small saucepot and cook until the butter has melted and the water is boiling.
  3. Once the water is boiling, stir in the flour. Continue to stir, still over the high heat, until the mixture comes together as a ball of dough, just about one minute.
  4. Transfer the ball to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment; turn onto the lowest speed. Add one egg at a time, and then turn to high speed and whip until the dough is sticky.
  5. Incorporate the cheddar and black pepper and whip together another 30 seconds.
  6. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and poke a hole in each puff with a toothpick.
  8. Allow the puffs to cool enough to touch and spoon tomato jam into the center. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh chives and serve while warm.

cheese puff tips and tricks

  • Play with any other savory jam you may find; red pepper jelly would be a delicious substitution.
  • Bake these up to 2 days in advance, but wait to finish with jam until just before snacking.
  • Turn these into a main course by dividing the batter into larger portions and filling the puffs with shredded BBQ beef, chicken salad, or even some lightly dressed mixed greens. Serve these for breakfast filled with scrambled eggs or sliced sweet ham.
  • Read on for the nutritional facts for this recipe. (An extra bonus of being tangled up with National Dairy Council.) **Please note that any alterations to this recipe will affect the nutritional values, including lactose content.**

More Lactose Intolerant-Friendly Recipes

Dig even deeper into delicious days that take dairy #BeyondLI with the collection of recipes linked below. Inspired by the healthfulness and tastiness of dairy foods that naturally have less lactose, each of the following was designed in partnership with National Dairy Council. Enjoy the inspiration, then come to Dairy for the Lactose Intolerant: An #FNIchat #BeyondLI, for a Twitter exchange chock full of much, much more.

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Nutritional Facts (per serving of cheddar puff with tomato jam)

  • Lactose: <0.1 g
  • Calories: 240
  • Total Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 115 mg
  • Sodium: 330 mg
  • Calcium: 35 % Daily Value
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Dietary Fiber: <1 g

Lactose Intolerant-Friendly Menu

Tap into the whole menu here for entertaining guests throughout the year. Or, break it down into bits and pieces for everyday meals at your family’s dairy-lovin’ dinner table. Crafted in partnership with National Dairy Council, each bite below is chock full of the nutrition and deliciousness dairy delivers. Even better, every morsel is absolutely friendly to foodies of all levels of lactose tolerance. Serve it up, eat it up, ENJOY some dairy:

Cheddar Puffs with Tomato Jam featuring natural/aged cheese
Blender Black Bean Soup featuring Greek yogurt
Chicken Cordon Bleu Appetizers featuring natural/aged cheese

Spinach-Stuffed Shells featuring low-fat cottage cheese
Steak Lettuce Wraps with Horseradish Cream featuring Greek yogurt
Apple Butter-Pork Burgers featuring lactose-free milk

Oatmeal Cookies with Homemade Horchata featuring lactose-free milk
Roasted Pineapple-Stuffed French Toast featuring lactose-free milk and low-fat cottage cheese
Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Coffee Glaze featuring low-fat plain yogurt

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  1. By Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama | January 24, 2014

    I love the look of these! I think we may be trying them this weekend.

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    • By molly | February 6, 2014

      What a compliment from YOU! Can’t wait to know what you think! Thanks, Carrie.

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