Nutmeg + Black Pepper Popovers

When I was growing up, dinners at my grandparents’ club always started with popovers. Like clockwork, a white-coat waiter would materialize at the table elegantly carrying a basket on his arm. As if pulling a rabbit from a big hat, a golden popover would emerge from the basket. The waiter would plunk the morsel down on the bread plate, and we would tear the pillowy crust open to find air within.

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I am convinced there is no way to mess-up a popover. With a little butter, it is an airy, delicate and delicious start to the day. I tried out more of a holiday recipe from Bon Appetit and served it with tea this morning. With its fair share of nutmeg, black pepper, and chopped parsley, it was a nice way to ring in December.

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My warning would be to watch the popovers closely, as they seemed to finish minutes before the suggested time (I cooked them for 24 minutes). I also believe the shape would be more refined with a legitimate popover pan as opposed to a muffin tin.

  • Whisk 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk 3 large eggs and 2 1/2 cups whole milk in a large bowl until well blended. Gently whisk in flour mixture, followed by 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter (do not overmix). DO AHEAD: Batter can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  • Preheat oven to 425°. Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter; grease 12 standard muffin cups with 1/2 teaspoons melted butter each. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins, filling cups three-quarters full and dividing equally. Bake popovers until puffed, golden brown, and crispy around edges, 30-35 minutes. Using a thin knife or an offset spatula, remove popovers from pan. Serve immediately.
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