Cheddar and Chive Popovers

I can’t believe I finally put flour to bowl and cooked myself up some popovers.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for.  Maybe I thought they would be too difficult to create or maybe (more likely) I am just too darn lazy.  Every time my mom creates a pan during one of our family’s visits I eat it and think, “darn if I’m not going to mix up a batch of these when I get back home”.  I then come home, promptly forget all my good intentions and motor on my merry way, popover free.

Have you ever had a recipe like that?  It took about a year of having a popover pan sitting below my oven, gathering dust, before I finally pulled it out one fine day and made the declaration to take the plunge.  Let me just say, for how beautiful and intricate they look, popovers are surprisingly easy to put together.  Aside from the hour rest time, I might even venture to throw them into the quick bread category.  That’s a big deal in these parts where we love our bread, but not the time it takes to put a loaf together.

These popovers have the addition of cheese as well because lets face it, cheese makes everything just a wee bit better.  To bake up a basketful of your own, you’ll begin by combining together a small handful of eggs along with a little cream, flour, some butter, and a few choice spices.

Next you’ll add in some cheese and chives to the mix.  Here’s my bunch of chives, fresh from the Trader Joe garden.

Allow your batter to rest at room temperature for one hour.  This is the point where you proceed to whip your kid’s bottoms at Mario Kart on the Wii.   Sorry kids, mommy plays to win.

Heat up your oven to 425 and let the popover pan warm up inside for a few minutes.  Bring it back out, swirl around a little oil in each popover holder and divide the batter evenly.

Slide them back into the oven and cook for a solid 35 minutes until they are puffed up and oh so beautiful.

SO so simple and so SO delicious.  If I could share two simple words of wisdom to finish up this palate pleasing post it would be these…  don’t wait.

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Cheddar and Chive Popovers

Total Time: 1 Hour 50 min


1 Cup Light Cream or Whole Milk
3 Eggs
11/2 Cups Flour
2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
1/2 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Cayenne
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
3 Oz. Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Bunch Chives, Chopped
3 tsp Canola Oil


Mix together the cream, eggs, flour, butter, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder.

Add in the cheese and chives and mix together.

Let the batter rest at room temperature for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Heat up your empty popover pan in the oven for about 3-4 minutes.

Pull it out and swirl ½ tsp of oil in each container.

Divide the batter evenly among the popover pan.

Place the pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and cook for another 20 minutes until fluffy and golden.

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19 Responses to “Cheddar and Chive Popovers”

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    Melissa R — July 26, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Looks delish! As always : )

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    Faith — July 26, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Great idea Julie. Never would had thought of it myself. Cheddar and chive make a perefect combo. Love your pictures. They look wonderful.

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    Jenna — July 26, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    That’s funny, because though I love popovers (and my mom made them frequently when I was a kid) I also have yet to take the plunge!

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    Mari's Cakes — July 26, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Lately I have been kid of lazy…lol! Your popovers look fantastic. You made them to perfection, I am sure they taste just as great too!

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    Laura in Cancun — July 26, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Ok, so I have food with me here at my work desk… but it no longer seems satisfying after seeing this!!! I’m dying for something cheesy now

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    Ma What's For Dinner — July 26, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    I love popovers!!! I’ve tried them a couple times but you know my baking issues. But I may have to give these a go!

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    val — July 26, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    I need these in my life.

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    Rita — July 26, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    You really did a grat job; they are beautiful! I’ve always wanted to make these and I thought is was complicated. Do I have to go buy popover pans ( I have never seen these..another good reason to got to the kitchen store) or can I make them in the muffin pans. I printed them out and hope the day will came when I am brave enough.

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    Maranda — July 26, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    These look awesome Julie! I need a popover pan now! And I agree…cheese makes everything better!

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    Sanjeeta kk — July 27, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I now need to try pop over at least for the sake of cheddar and chives! Lovely top and they look gorgeous, Julie.

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    Ameena — July 27, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I don’t think I can make these because I lack a popover pan (not surprisingly!) but these do look fabulous. They remind me of the perfect muffins that I always see at Le Pain Quotodien.

    Great combination of flavors!

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    anne Alesauskas — July 27, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    thanks for reminding me! i’ve got a popover pan under my stove that needs a good dusting! anne

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    Roxana GreenGirl — July 27, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    oh my goodness Julie, your popover are just perfect. Lazy or not, i’m so happy you decided to make these. I love love them. cheddar and chives,oh, how delicious!!

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    Joey — July 27, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    Those look so yummy! Things that delicious do make you wonder what you waited for.

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — July 28, 2011 @ 3:36 am

    A perfect afternoon treat. Love cheddar and chives together.
    :-) Mandy

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    Holly L — July 28, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    I tried popovers one time, but in a muffin pan. They were good – they were OK – but I bet they would have been better in the right pan. I had no idea there was a pan. Cheddar and chive is a wonderful combination.

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    Jennifer (Savor) — August 1, 2011 @ 6:30 am

    Cheese does make everything amazing!

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    grace — August 2, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    these are such fun.. you know something’s good when it’s worthy of its very own pan. :)

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    Gitte — September 20, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    I love these, they are adorable. And the cheddar cheese and chive combination sounds so delicious.

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