Another recipe from my New Year's Eve dinner was the Ina Garten's popovers. I watched her holiday show and thought "Hmm, those look easy". Well, they were easy and probably would have been perfect if I followed the instructions to the letter.
First of all , you need a popover pan. I did not have one, but thought I could go to Target on New Year's Eve and buy one. Alas, my favorite store disappointed me because they did not have the desired pan. I then thought,"What the heck, I can use my muffin pan". Wrong! They won't pop over in a muffin pan. The flavor was great, they just looked like muffins. Needless to say, I went to Williams-Sonoma (my other favorite store) the next day and bought one.
Ina says there are 3 secrets to perfect popovers; pan needs to be hot before poring the batter, fill each cup no more than 1/2 full (on the show she said 2/3rds) and do not open the oven door while they are baking.
Ina Garten's Popovers
1 1/2 tbs unsalted butter, melted + butter for greasing pans
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp kosher salt
3 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Generously grease pans with softened butter. Place pans in oven for exactly 2 minutes to preheat. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, salt, eggs, milk and melted butter until smooth. The batter will be thin. Fill the pans less than half full and bake exactly 30 minutes.