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White Cheddar Popovers

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Fluffy, cheesy, eggy airy popovers are a thing of beauty. Top with some herb butter or fruit preserves for an extra special treat.

freshly baked golden brown popover ballooning above popover pan.

If you have never made popovers, you will be surprised how easy they are to make! Just whisk together a few simple ingredients and let the magic happen in the oven. 

The addition of white cheddar adds a flavorful twist to the classic.

I had my first popover this past summer. I was out of town for a small procedure to donate cells for Be The Match.

A quick and totally not food related aside, if you aren’t on the registry it is quick and easy to join. If you are picked to make a donation, they are a total class act organization.

They do a great job making sure everything goes smooth and making you feel comfortable. Anyway… back to the popovers…

Popover batter in pan next to eggs.

For dinner I treated myself to a nice meal. The restaurant seemed pretty proud of its popovers so I decided to try one.

Why not, right? They must be famous for them for a reason.

My meal arrived, a delicious fish dish with brussels sprouts and some sort of root veggie puree. Then there was this giant mushroom of a popover.

It was so big it needed its own plate. Between it and the cinnamon butter it came with, very little of the bread plate was even visible.

Inside of white cheddar popover with spoonful of raspberry preserves.

It ended up serving as my dessert that night and piqued my curiosity. So when I got a beautiful popover pan from Nordic Ware, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

They were so much easier to make than I had imagined. You just stir together some pantry staples and spoon the loose batter into the pan.

The heat of the oven makes them grow and brown in the most delicious way.  I really can’t tell you enough how easy they are to make.

Eggs play such an important role in this recipe.  They are a major player in the texture and the only source of rise in the whole recipe.

close up of opened white cheddar popover with raspberry preserves.

Since I was new to making my own popovers, I did make at least four batches over several weeks.  I wanted to see which techniques worked best.

You may be able to see from the pictures, that these are several different batches of cheddar popovers.  The basic recipe remained the same, but the technique changed a bit with each time.

To be honest, they all pretty much tasted the same. But by the end I had figured out a bit more on how to get the big mushroomy top.

white cheddar popover on plate with eggland's best eggs in nordic ware popover pan in the background.

The keys included a really hot oven, of course. Starting with room temperature ingredients really helped as well.  So did using a little extra batter in each well.

Popovers are best served warm and fresh.  This white cheddar version would be great with an herby butter, maybe a chive butter or even a light garlic butter.

They were also really good with raspberry preserves.  Just give me one and a cup of coffee and my morning is made!

popover with preserves on a plate with big popovers in the pan in the background.

Tips and Tricks for Making Popovers:

  • Start with room temperature eggs and room temperature or even lukewarm milk. 
  • Nordic Ware suggests either buttering and flouring the pan or using the spray with flour. They recommend against just using cooking spray.
  • Mix batter until just combined, don’t over mix. 
  • You want to start with a super hot oven. Once they are in, don’t open the oven to peek. 
freshly baked golden brown popover ballooning above popover pan.

White Cheddar Popovers

Servings: 6 Popovers
Author: Carlee
Fluffy, cheesy, eggy airy popovers are a thing of beauty. Top with some herb butter or fruit preserves for an extra special treat.
5 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup shredded white cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 475°F and prepare your popover pan with either butter and flour or flour cooking spray.
  • Whisk together room temperature eggs and melted butter. 
    3 large eggs, 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • Add flour, salt, and room temperature or lukewarm milk. Whisk until just combined. 
    1 cup all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 cup milk
  • Stir in cheese.
    ¾ cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • Spoon into prepared pan.
  • Place in oven and adjust the temperature to 450°F. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Adjust temperature to 350°F and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. They should be a nice golden brown.
  • Make a small slit with a knife when they come out of the oven to let the steam out.
  • They are best served immediately.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 10gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 349mgFiber: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I hope you do love them!

Susan Bickta

Sunday 14th of April 2019

What do I make for Easter??? A double smoked ham is always on the menu!!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

An Easter must!

Susan Bickta

Sunday 14th of April 2019

I LOVE LOVE LOVE popovers!! These cheddar popovers are a MUST TRY! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

A little cheddar is always a good thing!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 11th of April 2019

I was checking these out yesterday while I was at work, and I am excited to try them. Do you know, I've never even tasted a popover?!

Susan Bickta

Sunday 14th of April 2019

They are ADDICTIVE!!!!! Try making some ....... you';; be so glad you did!!

Family Around the Table

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

Popover perfection! I make popovers every Christmas but need to make them more throughout the year. That's a gorgeous pan.