Chef John’s Popovers


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)


Grease a 6-tin muffin pan with butter and cooking spray.

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Whisk eggs, milk, flour, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl until smooth. Pour batter into each muffin tin, filling to about 3/4 of the way up the sides. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of grated Cheddar cheese atop each popover.

Place pan in a cold oven. Heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) and bake until puffed and well-browned, about 30 minutes.