Dill & Cheddar Popovers are lighter than air, crispy breads to go alongside just about anything. No special pan is needed. You can bake these right in a regular muffin pan. How awesome is that?
I often think about the Roald Dahl quote, "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." It reminds me that intention is everything. If I'm determined to focus on what sucks in my life, I'm going to see nothing but evidence that my life sucks. Conversely, if I am intentional about seeking joy and expressing gratitude for everything I have, suddenly all those beautiful things come more clearly into focus. That is the essence of magic.
If we choose to believe it, we can find magic in every single day of our lives. And that doesn't mean that bad shit can't and doesn't happen. It doesn't mean you'll never feel sad or be hurt. It doesn't mean horrible things don't happen to good people or that everything that someone else did to you was your fault. And it means that no matter how bad things get, you find the power to seek something that can make you stronger. You never lose hope. That's the power that magic can bestow.
What Makes Dill & Cheddar Popovers so awesome?
This is why I love kitchen magick. Even things as simple as these Dill & Cheddar Popovers can be magical. And even though we now understand the science of steam and the protein structure of eggs and stuff, watching these crunchy little babies puff up in the oven does seem pretty amazing. With the simple application of high heat, a liquid batter with no chemical leavening turns into something puffed and gorgeous. That's definitely awesome.
If you can get fresh dill for these, definitely use that. Dried will also work, and that's what I used here. You can also swap out the type of cheese you're using if that's more convenient. I think you can offer popovers anywhere you would serve Yorkshire puddings. They go really great along side fresh veggies and roast meats to sop up any juices or gravy. But honestly, I just ate these one after another standing over the sink.
Magical Properties of Dill
Frilly dill actually carries masculine fire energy. It's ruled by Mercury and the sign of Gemini. Dill can help balance both the sacral and the third eye chakras. This fragrant herb can help you attract love and money, dispel bad dreams and jealousy, and bring good luck. It's also good for both emotional and mental balance. It's a common ingredient in love and protection spells. (Source: Plentiful Earth)
For more info on the magical properties of other ingredients in this recipe, check the Kitchen Magick page.
Tips for Making Dill & Cheddar Popovers
You don't need any special equipment to make these popovers, but if you do happen to have a popover pan, you can obviously use that. But a muffin pan works just as well. You'll just have a slightly different shape. It's crucial that your oven is preheated properly because that initial burst of heat is what helps your popovers rise. Give it a good 20 minutes at least to get up to temperature.
Your batter is going to rise around the cheese, so mix together all of your batter ingredients, fill your muffin cups about halfway, then add some cheese and dill to each one. Then you can fill up the muffin cups the rest of the way with your batter before popping them in the oven. Once the structure is set on the popovers, you'll turn down the oven heat to let them brown and crisp up without scorching.
I think popovers are great with roast meats. Think a traditional Sunday roast dinner. Here in the UK, they might serve Yorkshire puddings. Popovers are very similar and would be great with a roast chicken and veg.
Make a little magic in your kitchen. Bake up some delicious Dill & Cheddar Popovers. It's gonna be awesome.Print
Dill & Cheddar Popovers
Dill & Cheddar Popovers are lighter than air, crispy breads to go alongside just about anything. No special pan is needed. You can bake these right in a regular muffin pan.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat your oven to 450 F (225 C) and brush the inside of 8 cups of your muffin pan with the melted butter. Be sure to get complete coverage.
- Mix together the cheese and dill and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and remaining melted butter until combined. Add the flour and gently but quickly stir it in with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. A few lumps are okay.
- Put one scoop of batter into each prepared muffin cup then add a fat pinch of cheese and dill to each one. Top up each muffin cup with the remaining batter.
- Bake your popovers for about 15-16 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350 F (175 C) and bake for an additional 10-11 minutes until your popovers are brown and puffy.
- Allow the popovers to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove and serve warm.
Keywords: Popovers, Cheese