Now me, I’ll eat a popover all by itself with jam, pork roast be damned. However there’s no denying how good they are as an accompaniment to meat. Plus they’re so fast and easy to make you can turn out a batch while your roast is settling on the counter. There’s a myth that popovers are tricky things. But that isn’t so, provided you’re clued in to the importance of developed gluten in the batter and can wield a blender, food processor or whisk with authority.
Get your ingredients together, making sure they’re at room temperature, and preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine them all in some sort of culinary machine…a blender, food processor or stand mixer fitted with a paddle (beater). If you lack those, get a bowl and a whisk and be prepared to batter some batter. Here I’m putting the good ol’ Waring to use.
I blend everything together for 30 seconds on a medium-high setting. Why do this? Because because the secret to gluten activation is hydration and agitation. Here we have both. Hey, I almost rapped! Activation. Agitation. Hydration. Call me J.P. Biggie Masta Wack.
Diddy. Or something along those lines. Anyway, after 30 seconds of intense working by machine, the batter will look like this:
Here I should add that at this point you can let this batter sit for up to a couple of hours but don’t refrigerate it. Trying to bake the chilled batter will ruin the puff. Have a popover pan greased? Do that. You can use a muffin tin, but these really are better. They have more height and space.
Now pour the batter evenly all around, about an inch deep. Put that into a 450 oven for 20 minutes —without opening the door to check them — then turn the heat down to 350 and bake another ten minutes.
And BOOM y’all.
Why no door opening? Because a cool breeze can collapse them. Just be patient. If they need more browning, keep baking for up to another ten minutes.
Serve them right away, or if you want to keep them poke or cut a hole in the tops to let the steam escape (it will re-condense otherwise and make the popover gluey inside). Turn off the oven and return the popovers, popping the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Leave them there to dry out until the oven is completely cool. Then remove them and store airtight in a bag. Or freeze them if you wish. Warm them again before you serve them in a medium (325) oven.
Easy right? True dat.