Sunday, February 7, 2016

Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese

A popover is a bread that is custardy and hollow on the inside and lightly crusted on the outside. With a garlicky and a mild cheese flavor, these popovers go well with almost any dish. They can be baked in specialized popover pans or regular muffin pans.

Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese


So, this was supposed to be a Valentines' Day dessert post, but as you can see from these images, it didn't work out that way. Some days you wake up with a plan but things have a way of taking their own course. I woke up to a messy, snowy morning the day I wrote this post. As I was scheduled to work a short day, the office was nice enough to call to let me know I didn't have to come in. THANK YOU!! So, I immediately got out of my work clothes, got into my comfy clothes, and washed the gunk off my face. Free day! Woo hoo!!

Now with the free time on my hand, I mapped out how to utilize it—some light housework, put the finishing touches on a blog recipe, conduct a photo shoot, and get the post ready in advance for publishing. Light housework was a little more involved then I had planned. Two loads of laundry and 2 1/2 bathrooms cleaned later, mission was accomplished. Not the way I wanted to spend my free morning, but it felt good to get it out of the way.

Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese

Next on the agenda was to finish up the Valentine's brownie ice cream cake that was supposed to be the feature of this blog post. Clearly, something went awry because these popovers don't look anything like an ice cream cake! Sadly, the Valentine's treat I had visioned was not meant to be. 

It started out well. I had already assembled a cake that consisted of a layer of brownie, a layer of strawberry ice cream, another layer of brownie, and a layer of vanilla ice cream. It was supposed to be topped with a layer of chocolate ganache that cascaded over the sides. But much to my disappointment, when I added the ganache, it did not stick to the ice cream as expected. It slipped off the sides and broke under the pull of its own weight. Undaunted, I gave it a second try...removed the ganache, patched the ice cream, and gave it a new coat of chocolate. Again, it failed miserably! The ice cream cake was taking a beating, and I was feeling bad mojo, so I decided to call it quits.

Just was well—I was not looking forward to the photo shoot. Ice cream is not very forgiving. It is a subject that can morph in front of your eyes. If the photos are not taken fast enough, the ice cream cake becomes an ice cream puddle! Been there!!

Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese

And that brings us to today's feature. After my failed attempts to embellish the ice cream cake, Plan B (making popovers) was put into action. True to form, Plan B was also not meat to be. My son, who has been on a milk and eggs kick, polished off the last of the milk and eggs in the house. My hopes of completing a dish and doing a photo shoot on my free day was shot. I wasn't about to brave the frozen tundra to get reinforcement! Popovers and completing a blog post had to wait. In the end, it all worked out: the shelves got replenished the following day and popovers were made.

Popover gets its name from the fact that the dough pops over the muffin pan it is baked in. Making the batter takes minutes, and you can use a blender, electric mixer, stand mixer, or by hand. These popovers get their flavor from Garlic and Fine Herbs Boursin cheese. (Not getting paid. I just like it.) I love the flavor and creaminess of this cheese.

This was the first time I used popover pans. They have straight walls and are much deeper than muffin pans. I filled the wells 2/3 full. Although you generally want to fill the wells no more ore than 2/3 full, for a more dramatic popover effect, I would fill them up 3/4 full next time. These didn't flow over the popover pans as much as I would have liked. In the past, I have always used muffin pans. The popover rose and turned out beautifully. One thing to keep in mind when using muffin pans: they hold less batter, so reduce the baking time about 5 minutes or so. 

Forgo the dinner rolls and make some popovers at the next meal. They are best eaten immediately but will warm up just fine the oven, so feel free to make plenty!

Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese

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Popovers with Garlic Herb Cheese:

1/2 pkg. (about 2 1/2 oz.) Fine Garlic Herbs Cheese from Boursin
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup flour
1 rounded tsp. salt
3 tbsp. butter, melted and divided

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. with the baking rack positioned on the lower half of the oven.

Beat cheese and 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Add the remaining milk. Beat until cheese is completely incorporated. Add eggs and beat until foamy. 

Combine flour and salt. Add to milk mixture. Beat until flour is incorporated. Add 2 tablespoon s butter. Beat to incorporated.

Brush the remaining butter into wells of 6-capacity popover. Place in oven to heat for 2 minutes. Do not leave too long as butter will burn. Remove from oven.

Immediately fill wells 2/3 to 3/4 full with batter (for a more dramatic pop over effect, fill up to 3/4 full). Bake at 450 F for 20 minutes (do not open door during baking). Reduce heat to 350  F and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Done when toothpick comes out with few crumbs attached. 

Immediately pierce a slit into the popover using a small knife to release steam. Unmold. Best served immediately. Makes 6 popovers.

Note: If using muffin pans, will yield about 9. Reduce baking time about 5 or so minutes.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips

These Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips are crispy and delicious. They freeze well and reheat quickly. Make a lot of extras to keep on hand for a spur of the moment appetizer or snack.

Cheesy Garlic Pita Chips


When I get a cold, it lasts for an excruciatingly long period of time...about 3 weeks from the first tickle in my throat to the last tissue wipe. It really irritates me when other people overcome their colds within 5-6 days. It's jus not fair!! So, I work hard to avoid getting sick. One of my defense is garlic. During winter I try to eat as much of it as I can because of its health benefits, including immune boosting properties. The one food item that I can squeeze a whole lot of garlic into is garlic pita chips. They are cheesy, garlicky, salty, savory, crunchy, and delicious!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Garlic Rosemary Chicken with Lemony Orzo

Garlic and rosemary marinated chicken in lemony orzo is a pasta dish an Italian flair. This family friendly, one-skillet meal could be on the dinner table in less than one hour (including marinating time).

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We have been on a boneless, skinless chicken thigh kick lately in my household. There were some in the refrigerator that needed to be used, and I wanted to do something new. It so happens that I have a fresh rosemary plant which inspired me to take the Italian route. It was how this hearty, filling, and tasty pasta dish came to life. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Skinny Taco Dip (with Secret Ingredient) and Guest Posting

Skinny Taco Dip

This light and healthy taco dip tastes and looks just like any other taco dip. It has the creamy base, the taco seasoning, the tomato salsa layer, the lettuce, and the real cheese topping. What is missing in this delicious, figure-friendly dip is a lot of calories and fat. Instead of cream cheese and sour cream, there is a secret ingredient. Hint: it is not yogurt, or tofu, or vegetables. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Roasted Black Pepper Caesar Salad with Pancetta

This Caesar salad with freshly roasted and cracked black pepper, pancetta, and homemade croutons starts a meal off right.  It can also be a delicious meal on its own!

Roasted Black Pepper Caesar Salad with Pancetta

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a good start to 2016! Did you start it off with a bang? Or are you like us and ushered in the new year more low-keyed? My husband and I celebrated it at home with a couple of good friends, good food, refreshing libations, and movies. We stayed warm, dry, and well was had by all. Our female friend, who shall remain nameless, clearly had a little too much to drink. The dead giveaway was when she spent the latter part of the night calling me by the wrong name. I am sure she has no recollection of doing so. That's okay my friend who I shall not be named, I still love you!