Friday, December 2, 2011

Gruyère and Black Pepper Popovers

Photo by shantilly picnic

Steve-o and I discovered our love of popovers last year while dining at BLT Steak in White Plains, NY. We told each other that should we open our own restaurant one day, we most definitely would serve popovers. Shortly after, we tried out this Tasting Table recipe for Gruyère and Black Pepper Popovers. Yup. It was a keeper. Since then we've made them several times for different groups of friends, usually accompanying them with a poached farm-fresh egg. This last time we did a soft scrambled egg, red fingerling potatoes with scallions and fresh thyme, and a light arugula side salad. 

makes 12-16 popovers depending on your pan size 

2 cups organic whole milk
4 large farm-fresh eggs
1½ tsp grey sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 oz Gruyère cheese, cut into 16 small cubes
plus extra freshly grated Gruyère for garnish

Photo by shantilly picnic


1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ and position a rack in the bottom third. Place 2 muffin pans (or popover pans if you have them!) in the oven to warm. 

2. In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat until it is hot (about 125˚) but not boiling. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the salt and black pepper until smooth. Slowly whisk in the warm milk. Add the flour and whisk until the batter is just combined. (It may be slightly lumpy. 

3. Remove the puffing pans from the oven. Spray the pans generously with nonstick cooking spray. Pour about ⅓ cup of the batter into each of muffin cups. Drop a cube of the cheese on top of the batter in each cup. 

4. Bake the popovers until puffed and deep golden brown, about 40 minutes. Do not open the door or they may collapse (Steve!). Remove the popovers from the pans, sprinkle with the grated Gruyère and serve immediately.

Photo by shantilly picnic
Photo by shantilly picnic
Photo by shantilly picnic


  1. where does one acquire puffing pans

    bee - youth = eh + fol

  2. I got mine on Amazon but it's not really necessary. Muffin pans work fine. It took me a while to figure out your cryptic message :)