We love Professor Bailey’s Spicy Pimento Cheese so much at the East Nashville Farmers Market, we’re ecstatic to introduce his new line of Spicy Pimento Cheese Gougères a Southern favorite meets classic French cuisine. If you are unfamiliar with gougères, think a savory puff pastry made of cheesy pâte á choux dough. Slightly crunchy on the outside, light and airy on the inside, with 50% of the dough being Professor Bailey’s Spicy Pimento Cheese.
If you have ever stopped at Professor Bailey’s tent at the East Nashville Farmers Market, you may have had the opportunity to meet the gregarious Tom Bailey— founder of Professor Bailey’s Spicy Pimento Cheese. The original Professor Bailey was Tom’s great great grandfather who played an integral role in pioneering secondary music education in Nashville. Tom began his pimento cheese business in 2013 and had his first sales at the Nashville Farmers Market. Today, Professor Bailey’s Spicy Pimento cheese can be found in six stores, eight farmers’ markets, and offers not only pimento cheese, but pimento cheese biscuits and the new spicy pimento cheese gougères.
When asked why Tom chose gougères, he explains in the simplest terms, “Because they are delicious.” He goes on to tell about the night he knew his gougères would be a hit. “I had four friends over to taste the new recipe, and 50 gougères were eaten in less than five minutes. I knew that night they needed to be a new product.”
If you have never tried this locally-made Nashville favorite, stop by the Professor Bailey’s tent at the East Nashville market this Wednesday and taste a sample of his spicy pimento cheese. You’ll leave with a tub, a bag of biscuits, or the new Spicy Pimento Cheese Gougères, for all your weekend noshing.