Cheesy Popovers

A few years ago one of my dearest friends gave me a popover pan. Unlike a muffin pan, popover pans are deeper and made specifically for making warm fluffy popovers. When I finally used it a few weeks ago to make Cheesy Popovers for the first time I called to tell my friend how delicious they turned out. She took a few moments to guilt me (the way that only a good friend can for taking years to use a gift she gave you) and then wanted to know all about my popovers. I told her that they were so good, I couldn't believe I hadn't been making them for years (she thankfully refrained from any further snarky comments).

Popovers are super easy to make and when I say they are "kid friendly", I really mean it. My little guys have become obsessed by them. They love watching them puff up in the oven and then breaking them open when they are done to see the steam pour out of the big airy puffs.

With all that holiday cooking right around the corner, this is the kind of recipe that you can easily hand over to a relative while you are busy preparing the rest of the meal. Right before you are ready to sit down to dinner or brunch (or even breakfast) pull these extra special puffs out of the oven and I guarantee these will garner rave reviews from all. In my opinion, a popover pan is a great investment....just don't wait years to use it.

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Cheesy Popovers (Makes 9 Popovers)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 35 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
3. Grease each popover tin with butter and fill ¾ up with batter.
4. Bake for 35 minutes and do not open the oven door while cooking.
5. Serve immediately.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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22 comments

  • Sarah

    My little guy just had his first Yorkshire Pudding (very similar to a popover, but made in a shallow, muffin-type pan) with our Sunday dinner yesterday while we're in England visiting family. It was the first thing to disappear from his plate. I can't wait to try this recipe when we get back!

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  • Farah

    But could you still try to make them in a regular muffin pan, and just use less batter?

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    • Mya

      I use a reg. muffin pan all the time!

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    • Whitney

      According to Ina Garten's cookbook, the secret to popovers isn't a special pan, but rather sticking the pan in the oven while it preheats. That way the popovers get hot very quickly. I use a non-stick muffin pan and pour the batter right into the hot pan and then back into the oven.

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  • Lara

    Can you use a regular or mini muffin pan and just not fill them very full?

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    • Catherine

      Hi Laura,

      You can use a regular or mini muffin pan, but they may take a bit longer to bake and could come out more dense and not quite as airy and fluffy. The reason popover pans are designed the way they are is to ensure proper and complete heat circulation while these treats are in the oven. Experimenting is part of the fun though, isn't it? Happy baking!

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  • Juli

    Would these taste good without the cheese? Or any ideas for a substitution? (dairy allergies). Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you can make these leaving out the parmesan, but it adds tons of flavor! You could try going to your local health food store and asking them they're favorite non dairy parmesan for baking if you want to use some sort of cheese.
      Here's another substitute that would give them a boost of flavor!

      2 C Sesame seeds
      1/2 C Nutritional yeast flakes
      1 tsp Onion powder
      1 tsp Garlic powder
      1 tsp Salt

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    • Sionnan

      the harder the cheese the less the dairy protein so parmesan has no lactose or casein. also romano any cheese that is hard. the softer cheeses like mozzarella have lots of protein. you should be ok with parmesan.

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  • Laurie

    I have never been very successful with popovers, even with a popover pan, but am going to give these a try tonight. They sound great!

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    • Laurie

      I made these tonight and they turned out amazing! I substituted Extra Sharp Cheddar for the Parmesan since that's what I had. The only thing I did different that seemed to be the trick for me was to let the batter come to room temp, although only because I had to leave to pick up my son. Not sure if that was the trick but this recipe is a keeper. Thanks Catherine for another great recipe!!

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  • Lisa P

    This is very similar to Brazilian Pao de Quiejo (cheese bread), which could be a good gluten free option because it uses tapioca flour instead of regular flour. It does also have a lot more oil and cheese, though. We use a mini muffin tin. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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    • Catherine

      I've had the cheese breads. They're amazing. My babysitter is from Brazil and makes them sometimes. Very similar, but these are a bit airier!

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  • Juli

    How funny - another Juli with dairy allergies!! I make popovers all the time with soy milk and margarine. They are yummy - esp smothered with sausage/soy milk gravy! I find it works best to add about 1/2 a tsp of water to the bottom of each muffin hole to create more steam since butter contains more water than margarine does. :)

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  • Anne

    Is the 2 Tbsp of melted butter part of the recipe or is it used to butter the pans? These sound amazing. Can't wait to make them for Christmas breakfast.

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    • Catherine

      The butter is part of the recipe. You will need extra for greasing the pans. Enjoy!

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  • Chris L

    Um, YUM! That's all I have to say. Ok, no it's not. :) I bought my MIL a popover pan for Christmas and showed her how to make these. They were the hit of Christmas dinner. Thanks, Catherine!

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  • Anne

    i love popovers but have never had much success getting them to rise. any suggestion for high altitude cooking?

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  • Jenny

    I just made these tonight but the insides are not fluffy at all...any suggestions?

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  • Stephanie

    I was so excited to try these but I don't know what I did wrong. The outside was wonderful and brown and crispy but the inside was still somewhat raw. I put them back in the over but the outside got browner and the inside wouldn't cook. I'll have to try again!

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    • Catherine

      Oh what a bummer!! Did you use a popover pan or a muffin pan? I find the popover pan really does make a difference! Also, make sure your oven is fully heated before placing these in!

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  • Chloe

    I made these for our family Christmas dinner and also had a problem with the inside being raw- used a popover pan...

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