Popovers at Thanksgiving have become somewhat of a tradition for me. There is nothing like a warm popover straight out of the oven: I love the airy hallow center, steaming with warmth and screaming for a pat of butter. It is the perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving meal. Popovers are a step up from boring dinner rolls. They look fantastic, taste delicious, and are surprisingly easy to make. My mother and I fell in love with popovers together during our frequent shopping trips to Neiman Marcus. We always treat ourselves to lunch at their lovely restaurant, and we look forward to the beautiful bread sculpture known as a “popover” served with strawberry butter at the beginning of the meal. One year for Christmas, my mother bought me the Neiman Marcus Cookbook (which of course contained the famous recipe) along with a special popover pan. Popovers have been a part of Thanksgiving tradition ever since. For this version, I added a twist: cheddar cheese and fresh chives. I love the savory flavor these ingredients add to an already perfect recipe. The popover pan has made its way to Pittsburgh this year, where the cheddar and herb popovers will make their Thanksgiving debut. Let’s hope everyone loves them as much as my mom and I do.
Not your average dinner roll! These savory, light and airy popovers make the perfect accompaniment to any meal
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 6 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 1 3/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped finely
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Heat milk in saucepan for several minutes (until luke warm)
- In large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In separate bowl, beat together eggs with electric mixer until foamy (about 3 minutes).
- Stir in the warm milk and continue to mix at low-speed.
- Gradually add the flour mixture.
- Continue to mix at low-speed, then increase speed to medium, mixing for 2 minutes longer
- Set batter aside, cover, and let rest for 1 hour.
- Spray a non-stick popover pan with cooking spray and set on a baking sheet.
- Mix 1 cup of cheddar cheese into the batter.
- Fill each cup of the tin to the top with batter.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese and chives on the top of the batter.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temp. to 375 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes longer until golden brown