Gruyere and black pepper popovers

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed Gruyere cheese (about 6 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place empty popover pan in the oven to warm up. Whisk flour, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend. Heat milk in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until very warm. Whisk eggs in a large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk warm milk into the eggs. Gradually stir flour mixture into milk/egg mixture just to blend. (Batter may still be slightly lumpy, like pancake batter).

Remove hot popover pan from the oven and spray with nonstick spray. Fill each cup almost all the way to the top, but leave about 1/2 inch. Top each cup of batter with 3-4 small cubes of the gruyere cheese. Bake until puffed and deep brown, about 40 minutes. 

*I got my popover pan from Bed Bath and Beyond for $16. I highly recommend it versus using a muffin tin.