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Cheese Popovers Recipe

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Cheese popovers are a simple and amazing recipe you need to know! These quick and super easy no yeast dinner rolls only need 6 ingredients. Popovers are tender and chewy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside, with lots of sharp cheddar cheese in the batter. Slather them with butter fresh from the oven and try not to eat them all.

cheese popovers in bowl with one split open with butter


Magical.

That’s what these popovers are.

Popovers are a light and hollow roll that are made with a milk and egg rich batter. Popovers rise up a lot! They are almost like bread souffles. They have a crispy exterior and a soft and pillowy interior with large holes that are perfect for butter and heavenly to eat.

Previously I always thought that you HAD to have a special popover pan to make these amazing quick rolls. But you don’t actually need another pan that takes up more space in your cabinets. You can make these with regular muffin pans! They don’t rise up quite as high, but they are still impressive and delicious! 

The rise in these rolls doesn’t come from any leavener, but instead from the steam that is made from the liquids being baked at a high temperature.

Other simple bread recipes to add to your meal:

bowl of cheese popovers with blue towel

How to make Cheese Popovers

These popovers are so simple to make! One bowl and a whisk is all you need! Make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe, but here is a brief overview of how to make these:

  1. Place a nonstick muffin pan (or popover pan) on an oven rack in the lower-middle position. Preheat the oven to 450 F (with the pan inside the oven) to warm up.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  3. Add in the flour, shredded cheese, and salt.
  4. Mix carefully to combine, being careful to mix just util combined.
  5. Carefully remove the pan from the oven (remember, its really hot!).
  6. Quickly and liberally grease the pan with melted butter, leaving a space between each well. Yes, use melted butter and not cooking spray.
  7. Continuing to work quickly, evenly divide the batter between the greased cups, filling them almost to the top.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F.
  9. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Do NOT open the oven door when you reduce the temperature. 
  10. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Use a sharp knife to poke a small hole in each popover. This helps the steam to escape and the popovers to stay high without collapsing.
  12. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Popovers are best enjoyed warm from the oven!

collage showing steps to make popovers

How to make popovers without a special pan

Popovers are easy to make without a special pan. You can use a special popover pan, of course, because they are designed to make your popovers extra high and fluffy. But you can use a regular muffin pan, too! If you are going to make cheese popovers often and you have space in your kitchen to store the pan, definitely invest in it! But know you don’t need them.

The key is to heat your pan before pouring the batter in, and then to make sure you have space in between each roll. 

The popover pan is built with deeper wells with extra wide tops, which helps the popovers to really rise and puff a lot. 

What kind of cheese should I use?

Cheddar, sharp! The sharper the better!

You could also use Gruyere cheese, parmesan, pepper jack, or monterrey jack.

Is Yorkshire Pudding the same thing as a popover?

Yorkshire pudding and popovers are very similar. The only real difference is that traditionally yorkshire puddings are made with beef fat, whereas in these popovers we use butter.

overhead look at cheese popover split open on plate

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Getting your kids in the kitchen with you is important not only to help with quality one on one time but also to help teach important life skills and math skills. But when kids learn to cook, they gain independence and confidence to try not only this recipe but other recipes, too.

Cheese popovers are a great recipe for beginner bakers as it helps teach measuring both dry and liquid ingredients, whisking, and grating cheese.

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure the ingredients and mix the batter.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus grate the cheese.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

split open popover on plate with more behind

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Yield: 6 servings

Cheese Popover Recipe

cheese popovers in bowl with one split open with butter

Cheese popovers are a simple and amazing recipe you need to know! These quick and super easy no yeast dinner rolls only need 6 ingredients. Popovers are tender and chewy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside, with lots of sharp cheddar cheese in the batter. Slather them with butter fresh from the oven and try not to eat them all.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    1. Place a nonstick muffin pan (or popover pan) on an oven rack in the lower-middle position.
    2. Preheat the oven to 450 F (with the pan inside the oven) to warm up.
    3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
    4. Add in the flour, shredded cheese, and salt. Mix carefully to combine, being careful to mix just util combined.
    5. Carefully remove the pan from the oven (remember, its really hot!).
    6. Quickly and liberally grease the pan with melted butter, leaving a space between each well. Yes, use melted butter and not cooking spray.
    7. Continuing to work quickly, evenly divide the batter between the greased cups, filling them almost to the top.
    8. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F.
    9. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Do NOT open the oven door when you reduce the temperature.
    10. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    11. Use a sharp knife to poke a small hole in each popover. This helps the steam to escape and the popovers to stay high without collapsing.
    12. Serve immediately.

Notes

Popovers are best enjoyed warm from the oven!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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