Popovers are lovely light puffed up rolls that are made with a simple egg batter. When perfectly baked they have a deep golden crust and tender, airy interior and . . . are a delicious addition to any meal of the day.
For breakfast or brunch I like to serve them with fruit preserves, jam or honey but at times, I serve them stuffed with lusciously thick Greek yogurt and fruit salad, sprinkled with crushed walnuts and drizzled with a little honey. For lunch or dinner I serve them as a special treat instead of bread and for a light meal, with salad greens or stuffed with a salad like the Healthy Lentil Salad that you see in the photo below . . . a real favorite of mine!
Before you start, make sure you have either a popover tin or a muffin tin for the baking. When I want extra-large popovers I always use the my popover tins that I’ve had since living in the USA many years ago, but when I want smaller sized popovers I use muffin tins. Another thing to remember, always pre-heat the oven to 200 ̊C or 400 ̊F and while baking keep the oven door closed to ensure a consistent oven temperature.
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
3 tblsp vegetable oil (or olive oil)
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
½ tsp salt
Optional: 1 tsp dry oregano or other herb of choice
With a wire whisk, beat eggs, milk and oil together in a large bowl. Add flour and salt to mixture and beat until you have a smooth batter. If using, add herb and mix.
Lightly grease 6 popover cups (with oil or melted butter) and pour batter ¾ full.
Place popover tin into the lower part of a hot oven (200 ̊C or 400 ̊F) and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 175 ̊C (375 ̊F) and continue baking for another 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Popovers are always best when eaten fresh out of the oven. However, if you want to prolong their crispiness you can do so by cutting a slit in the bottom of each popover to allow some of their steam to escape . . . as they cool on a baking rack.
I do this when I don’t serve them immediately or stuff them with a salad as this will help keep them crisper.
Here is the recipe for the Healthy & Easy2Make Lentil Salad seen in photo (below) - served in red bell pepper. I think it's even better served in a Popover!
©KaritasM – April 2020