1/4teaspoonground cayenne pepperor another ground chili pepper
For The Gougeres Sandwiches:
1recipeGougèresmade without pancetta and thyme
1 1/2cupsfresh ricotta cheese
1cupClassic Black Olive Tapenade
Pickle The Carrots: Slice the carrots into paper thin slices using a very sharp knife or a mandolin. Whisk together sugar, lemon juice, spices, salt, and oil in a large nonreactive bowl until well combined. Toss the carrots with the dressing and marinate covered and chilled, at least 4 hours.TIP: Carrots can be made up to two days ahead of time. Store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.
Assemble The Sandwiches: Slice all the gougères in half so that they can be used like sandwiches. Spread a spoonful of each ricotta and tapenade on all the sandwiches. Pile a few carrot slices onto each gougère, close with a toothpick, and serve.