Saturday, April 26, 2014

Country Ham and Swiss Popovers

I have a slight obsession with popovers.  It's borderline dangerous, really.  I always assumed they were some difficult culinary feat that I would never be able to master without a popover pan and I am just not one of those people who will buy a bunch of "specialty" baking pans.  My kitchen is only so big and if I ran out and bought every popover, donut and cake pan that I saw, the poor cabinets would have junk spilling out of them and I do mean that literally.  I can barely shut my cabinet doors as it is.  Side note: I do kind of want a donut pan but I would prefer that someone share a way to make donut shaped donuts without me A) spending money I don't have and B) adding another pan to my collection.  Any and all suggestions will be welcome.  If you're local and your idea works, I will share my donuts with you.  Scouts honor.  

So,  last weekend I had a small gathering for my lovely mothers birthday.  When creating the menu (which I changed about 450 times) I knew that I wanted Country Ham Rolls to be involved.  My sisters yeast roll recipe would be the perfect match for that.  A little sweet with the rolls and salty with the ham.  One of my favorite flavor combinations.  Anywho, I had some country ham left over and I was contemplating several different recipes like a breakfast casserole, but I only had about a half cup.  That's when my genius self said, "POPOVERS"!  And yeah, I kind of yelled it because it's food and I get excited.  So sue me.  

Popovers are not difficult to make.  You can do this.  Through trial and error, and some great advice that I've learned from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, I feel that I've kind of perfected it.  They don't get quite as high as they might from using a specialty pan but the effect is still the same. Here are a few hints: Bring all of your ingredients to room temperature and preheat your muffin tin in the oven.  Seriously.  Get it screaming hot.  Then spray the crap out of it with non stick spray. That's pretty much it.  You can handle that, right?  

 My basic popover recipe comes from Melissa d'Arabian.  It's simple and quick and from there you can just go crazy!  I've added cheddar cheese and jalapeño which were delicious.  And no, I didn't share because, well, I don't have an excuse.  I'm sharing this one now and that's what's important. 

Mmmmm…..  Look at that light, eggy, cheesy, salty goodness.  My mouth is watering.

Country Ham and Swiss Popovers                                          Printer Friendly


2 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk, warmed to room temperature
1 cup flour
1/2 cup country ham, finely chopped
2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese, plus more for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place a regular size muffin tin in the oven to preheat.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat 2 eggs.  Mix in milk and melted butter.  Add the flour until well combined. Next, mix in the country ham and green onion.  

Remove the muffin tin from oven and spray 8 wells with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour the batter into 8 wells and fill each well to the top.  Add 1 tablespoon of swiss cheese to each popover, poking the cheese down into the batter.  

Place in a 400 degree oven for 35 minutes.  DO NOT open the oven door.  Remove from oven and the pan.  Sprinkle with more cheese for garnish.  Serve hot.


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