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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sweet and Savory Popovers: Bacon, Onion & Tomato and Cinnamon-Apple Popover



They might be breakfast, brunch or dessert. They could be eaten alone, or dressed up with all sorts of toppings. Nope, I am not talking about pancakes. I am talking about popovers.

A popover is like a pancake that you bake in the oven. It gets all puffed up and golden brown, and has a soft texture in the middle. You can fill it with all sorts of stuff—sweet or savory.

I love recipes like this because you can really be creative and use whatever you have in your fridge. Also, there is no need to be exact with the fillings. Just add a little bit of this, and a sprinkle of that to create your perfect popover filling.

Today, I made 2 popovers: one sweet with Cinnamon and Apples and one savory with Bacon, Onions, and Tomatoes.

They were so delicious, and I have to say, these might become my new breakfast/brunch/lunch favorites. They have an amazing aroma in the oven and you can just increase the recipe depending on how many people you are feeding, and pop it in the oven. No more standing at the stove flipping pancakes all morning! Sorry pancakes! No hard feelings. I still love you…



Bacon, Onion, and Tomato Popover
Makes 1- 10 inch popover

For the Filling
4 slices Bacon, cut into strips
1/4 Green Onion, sliced
1/4 cup Tomato, diced

For the Batter
1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup White Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Large Eggs
1/2 cup Milk

Chopped Parsley for Garnish

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

In a 10 inch, oven proof sauté pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until slightly crisp. Add the onions and tomatoes and cook for another minute until tomatoes are warm. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours and salt. Beat in the eggs and milk. Pour this batter over the filling in the sauté pan, and place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until golden and puffy. Do not open the oven during the baking time or the popover won’t rise!

Garnish with some fresh chopped parsley.



Cinnamon Apple Popover
Makes 1- 10 inch popover

For the Filling
1 tbsp Butter
2 Large Apples, sliced
1 tbsp White Sugar
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

For the Batter
1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup White Flour
1 tbsp White Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Large Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

In a 10 inch, oven proof sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the apples, 1 tbsp sugar, and the cinnamon until the apples start to soften (about 5 minutes). In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, sugar and salt. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour this batter over the apples in the sauté pan, and place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until golden and puffy. Do not open the oven during the baking time or the popover won’t rise!

Enjoy warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. You could even dollop some whipped cream and sprinkle fresh berries over top.

4 comments:

  1. This is the same batter I use to make the Yorkshire Pudding that I serve with my Christmas roast beef. Popovers are one of those classic recipes I'm always happy to see. I love your twists on the basic recipe!

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  2. I love recipes that are versatile enough to be either sweet or savory. Yum!

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  3. I love this! It seems similar to dutch babies, but more versatile! Perfect for any breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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  4. I've not tried popovers but this sure looks good!

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