Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is 2013 already, where did 2012 go? Well, upward and onward – I am looking forward to see what the new year will bring. I have certainly enjoyed being on vacation, and can’t believe I have to head back to work tomorrow.
So – I have been thinking a lot about what I am going to do differently in 2013 – and I decided that my resolution is to simplify. I think I have said this before – but this time I mean it. I am still not sure how I am going to achieve this goal – but I have to try. I feel like my life is a constant marathon – I am always exhausted, never caught up – and know that I have miles to go before I am done. As I am writing this, I am thinking about the 10 other things I should be doing. I don’t want to give up the things I love doing, but again, maybe I can think differently about how to get them done. It is only the 1st, I have 364 days to make this happen – but I have to look at each day and think about one thing I can do that will make things simpler for the future.
I have posted popovers before, and I swear, I can’t figure out why I don’t make them more often. They are so ridiculously easy to make, and you can actually prepare the batter the day before! These were something else – I scarfed down two of them in an instant. I found the original recipe in Bon Appetit, but adapted slightly below. The girls also loved them, and they went great with the Lentil Soup I made for dinner. They made our New Year’s Day dinner just a little more special. And, do you want to know a little secret? I only made half the batch tonight – and saved the rest of the batter for tomorrow night’s dinner – wow, I am already making good on my resolution to simplify – it doesn’t get any better than that!
And for those of you really paying attention, you will notice this is a different picture from last night…that is because they looked a little different the 2nd night, and just as delicious. These look a little more authentic, so I decided to switch the picture…
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
Whisk the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs and milk in a large bowl until well blended. Gently whisk in flour mixture, followed by 3 tablespoons of melted butter (do not overmix).
DO AHEAD: Batter can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
Preheat oven to 425°. With the rest of the butter, grease 12 standard muffin cups with 1/2 teaspoons melted butter each. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins, filling cups three-quarters full and dividing equally. Bake popovers until puffed, golden brown, and crispy around edges, 30-35 minutes. Using a thin knife or an offset spatula, remove popovers from pan. Serve immediately.
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