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When Safeway held their 8th annual Art of Dairy contest – an art contest for high school students – I was asked to create Lucerne dairy recipes to support the contest. I thought of recipes that would appeal to teenagers, like these peppery-hot cheesy popovers. Popovers take just 10 minutes to stir together. They are similar to a cream puff pastry but without the creamy filling. Pepper Jack cheese makes these popovers a savory variation to serve in place of dinner rolls, or for a spicy snack, or with a hot bowl of soup like Rita’s Sherried Mushroom Soup on a rainy day. Maybe some rainy weather cooking we’ll bring some moisture to California!
Pepper Jack Popovers
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 ounces (1-1/2 cups) Lucerne Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine flour, 1 cup of the shredded cheese, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Stir in milk and eggs until mixture is well blended.
- Divide butter between 12 muffin cups (scant teaspoon per muffin cup). Place pan in preheated oven for 3-5 minutes until hot and butter is melted. (This helps the popovers puff up). Remove pan from oven and tip to coat bottoms and sides of muffin cups with butter. Or use a brush to evenly butter muffin cups.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup while pan is still hot. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese evenly over batter-filled cups.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until popovers are puffed and well browned. Remove from oven and let stand 1 minute. Run a table knife around edges and lift popovers out of pan. Serve hot.
– Popovers need to be baked thoroughly so the center is cooked and the outside is crispy.
– If the pan is dark metal the popovers may bake a darker brown.
– The popovers freeze super well in a zip-top bag. Reheat in oven or toaster oven until thawed and hot.
Recipe by Rosemary Mark. Photo by Safeway.