Combine the water, butter, salt and pepper in a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil. Add the flour and place over low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to pull away from the pan and has a glistened look (about 1-2 minutes). Transfer the batter into a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment. Whip the eggs one by one until all eggs are incorporated, then add the cheese and herbs and mix until thoroughly combined, (approximately 3-5 minutes).
Pipe dough onto parchment lined sheet pan (or spoon is fine as well).
Gougères are best made in advance and frozen. Fresh or frozen, bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Do not open the oven while they are baking or else they will fall. Serve warm.
HINT: When the gougères become fragrant, filling the room with the aroma of cheese and herbs, they are 3-5 minutes away from being done.
Take a look at the recommended pairing below.