The unexpected side-dish: Popovers

Most of our family meals consist of 3 parts.  Meat + veggie + starch= dinner. Not very inspiring, I know, but it covers all the bases & keeps everyone happy. Chris & Alec, my meat-o-holics, Lily: my veggie lover, and Violet the carb queen. Over the holidays I decided to try something new for the “starch” and jump outside of my comfort zone. I made popovers.

Now normally,  I do not bake. I stink at baking. Anything I bake from scratch, comes out wrong. Every now & again I forget this obvious fact and try to bake. This time actually had great results. Full moon?

Easy Popovers

Quick & Easy Popover, A Nice Homemade Alternative

These are super easy (remember: I do not bake!),  fast to make and a great change form the usual: pasta/rice/potato.



1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing tin (I have also used the drippings from a roast)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a popover or muffin tin.

Whisk together flour and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter (or drippings)

Pour over flour mixture, and fold until just blended.
Fill the muffin tin cups two-thirds to three-quarters full.
Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until well browned and crusty, about 5 more minutes.

Remove  from the oven & and remove from the tins after running a knife through the edge of the tin & popover. If necessary,  poke a hole in the side with a knife to let steam escape, and serve immediately.


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  1. These sound very like Yorkshire Puddings from the UK. Emily made some mini ‘Toad in the holes’, which were mini Yorkshire Puddings with sausages a while ago as bite-sized snacks rather than the huge Yorkshires that go with roasts.

    • Lyn on April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am
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    This is exactly what they are, but most Americans get very confused by the term “puddings”.

    “Toad in the holes”, are simular to our “Pigs in a blanket”, which are made using pre-prepped pastry dough and hotdogs. I have never tried making my own! They look like a great after school snack!

    1. In the UK we also use the phrase ‘pigs in blankets’, but for small oven roasted sausages wrapped in bacon. Again one language separated by an ocean and 300 years.

  2. I would like to try these popovers with some mushrooms and sauce in the middle.

    • Chris on May 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm
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    I think they were very yummy I had lots… 🙂

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