With eggs and flour and little else, popovers make any meal special. In a puff of steam, crispy outsides give way to soft and slightly custardy insides. You can bake the popovers in a special popover pan—but 12 standard-size
muffin cups work well too; either way, preheat the cups so the batter can crawl up the sides and rise to glory. Here’s a savory version, with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and garlic, perfect with dinner, and a variation for brown sugar and cinnamon popovers, perfect for breakfast.
—Story and recipe by Serena Ball, a food writer in LaGrange Park, Ill.