Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar and Chive Popovers


by Julie of Mommie Cooks

Having grown up in Wisconsin, my roots run deep with a pure appreciation for good ol’ Wisconsin Cheese. I still remember as a child, going into the artisan shops with my parents and being instantly overcome with the familiar aroma that the different flavors and varieties of cheese created. If you’ve ever been in a true Wisconsin Cheese shop, then you know what I mean.  Cheddar, meets Swiss, meets Blue, meets true Wisconsin Cheese Curds (aka squeaky cheese), all in one glorious whiff.

Of all the cheeses that are out there today, Wisconsin Cheddar still reigns as a crowd pleaser at our house; and these Cheddar and Chive Popovers are, without doubt, a favorite in my family. They’re easy to make and delicious to eat. The only problem you’ll have is making sure you get one before the rest of your family grabs them all up.

Start out by mixing together a few basic ingredients including eggs, milk, butter and flour. I threw a hint of cayenne in as well. I love a little kick with my cheese.

Next up you’ll add in the best part.  I used a block of Extra Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar that I found at my local Trader Joe’s. Shred it up and drop it in with a handful of chives.

Here’s my definition of a handful:

And here’s where we’re at:

Stir it all together and let the batter rest at room temperature for one hour. When you’re ready to cook it up, you’ll heat up the oven to 425 degrees F and place your popover pan in the oven empty for about 3 to 4 minutes. Pull it out, drop about a 1//2 teaspoon of canola oil in each popover hole and give it a quick swirl. Pour your batter into the heated and greased popover pan.

Place them in the oven for 15 minutes and then turn your oven down to 350 degrees and let them continue to cook for another 20 minutes. Check out those gorgeous popovers.

Serve them up with a little butter and enjoy a true Wisconsin Cheese inspired treat!

Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar Popovers

by Julie of Mommie Cooks

Serves 6

1 cup of light cream or whole milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 ounces Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 small bunch chives, chopped
3 teaspoons canola oil

Mix together the cream, eggs, flour, butter, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder. Add in the cheese and chives and mix together. Let the batter rest at room temperature for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Heat up your empty popover pan in the oven for about 3-4 minutes. Pull it out and swirl 1/2 of a teaspoon of oil in each container. Divide the batter evenly among the popover holes.

Place the pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F and cook for another 20 minutes.