Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Grain Foods Foundation and Collectively. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! These goat cheese and honey stuffed popovers have the perfect sweet and savory edge, and would make for a great holiday appetizer or soup accompaniment!
goat cheese, black pepper, and honey popovers from Eats Well With Others

Apparently there’s a sliding scale of clean when it comes to bakeware.

There’s the “I just came out of a dishwasher all sparkly-like!” kind of clean. (AKA – clean clean).

And then there’s the “Handwashed, looks clean to the naked eye but comes thisclose to setting off smoke alarms when preheated in a 450F oven for 15 minutes” kind of clean. (AKA – zero percent clean clean).

So, this sliding scale is actually binary. Or, as my boss would say, “Being clean is like being pregnant. You either are, or you aren’t.”

I’ll let you guess which of those categories my cupcake tins fall into.


And then I’ll let you guess who insisted that we open up the windows so that we could “let some air in” during this whole smoky disaster, thereby cooling the pans that I had worked so hard (and deprived us of oxygen for) to heat up, forcing me to put them back in the oven to preheat because popovers don’t quite..pop over…unless they start in a hot pan.

Thus starting the vicious cycle all over again.

And then I’ll let you guess who I almost strangled.

But fear not.


They popped!

Seeing that was pretty much the proudest moment of my young adult life.

I was so on the edge of my seat during the whole popping process that I kind of sneaked peaks at them even though cracking open the oven door, even just a little, goes against yet another cardinal rule of popover-making.


Apparently these “cardinal rules” are basically old wives’ tales, though, because I did everything wrong and these still turned out right.


By which I mean they are honey goat cheese stuffed puffs of almost custard-like air.

Which is absolutely the same thing as “right”.


A certain fiance of mine might have eaten eleven of them yesterday. ELEVEN. I think that speaks for itself.

So instead of starting off your holiday dinner with a bread basket or rolls from a can this year, step up your game with these popovers! They take only about 10 minutes to throw together, and a half hour to bake, and with some white whole wheat flour mixed into them, they are a little bit more nutritious than you’re average carb.

If you’re looking for more healthy recipes that incorporate whole grains, or just some information on why incorporating grains into a well balanced diet is good for you, then check out http://www.grainsforyourbrain.org, a helpful resource provided by the Grain Foods Foundation!

Goat Cheese, Black Pepper, and Honey Popovers
These goat cheese and honey stuffed popovers have the perfect sweet and savory edge, and would make for a great holiday appetizer or soup accompaniment!
Yield: 12 popovers
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ cups 2% milk, room temperature
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 1¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz goat cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp honey
  1. Preheat oven to 450F, with an oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat a muffin tin in the oven while you prepare the batter.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Whisk for a minute so that the mixture becomes frothy.
  3. Sprinkle the flour, salt, and black pepper over the top. Whisk until well combined. There may be some small lumps remaining.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the goat cheese and honey.
  5. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and spray with cooking spray. Divide the batter among the cups, filling them about ¾ full. Drop about a tsp of goat cheese into the center of each cup, dividing it evenly.
  6. Bake popovers for 15 minutes at 450F. Lower heat to 350F and bake for another 15-20 minutes more, until puffed up and browned all over. Immediately turn out onto a wire rack when done. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 popover


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63 Responses to Goat Cheese, Black Pepper, and Honey Popovers

  1. I’ve never made popovers before, but would like to now. These looks great and would be a really fun party treat!

  2. I would eat eleven of these, no troubs. They sound AMAZING.

  3. Barbara says:

    Nothing better than popovers! The only trick is: you have to serve them right away. I’ve made them with black pepper and gruyere, but love the idea of goat cheese! They look delish, Joanne!

  4. Johanna GGG says:

    hang on – he hate 11 and there are only 12 in the recipe – sounds a bit unfair! but they do look beautiful and very moreish so I don’t think I can blame him

  5. gah, I cannot wait to have a dishwasher.

    I love popovers, and these ones just sound SOOO incredibly. Mmmm goat cheese

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever had a popover, but these look fantastic! Doesn’t hurt that I love goat cheese, pepper, and honey. So. Magic. Also, I hate when people say someone is very pregnant. Unless she’s stuffed full of 12 babies, she’s just regularly pregnant.

  7. I love eating popovers but have yet to make them myself! Ridiculous, I know. Yours look fantastic. I could go for one (or several) for my breakfast right now….

  8. Oooh I’ve never had popovers, but you make me want to have them! These look awesome! And I wish they were here with me in this snow “storm.”

  9. I have NEVER made popovers and have always wanted to!! These look perfect!

  10. Wait, what? I make popovers all the time and never ever put them in a preheated pan. Apparently we’re both doing it wrong. Although anything with goat cheese and honey is so so right. I’ll take 11 as well.

  11. Teffy says:

    I love the goats cheese and honey combo!
    Never thought to have them as pop overs though. I am pretty simple in the smothered on toast approach. Definitely not as cool!

    {Teffy’s Perks Blog} X

  12. Have you ever had the popovers from local cafe in SoHo? I lived off those things! Every time I try to make popovers at home I fail. Sad face 🙁

  13. These look like the best little nibble to have with a glass of something festive! I will definitely make these for drinks parties!

  14. These are gorgeous, Joanne! And, I love the flavor combination. My one attempt at popovers was years ago and it didn’t go well. I need to give it another try.

  15. All I have to say is”Yum”!

  16. Pam says:

    Nicely done! I have a feeling my muffin tin isn’t clean clean either. I’ve never made popovers but you have made me want to try them out – they look wonderful!

  17. Erika says:

    Ummm yes. These are perfect. I am making these for my next party, for SURE. And you are hilarious…thank god for dishwashers, otherwise alllll my dishes would be the um, second part of your binary equation.

  18. i’ve never made popovers before but if these are so foolproof, then maybe i have to try them out 🙂

  19. OMG these sounds AMAZING! I must try them!

  20. If your fiance ate 11 – these must taste as good as they sound and look!

  21. Caroline says:

    Joanne, you are the master of combining flavors! I love that sweet and savory combination so much. These are so pretty…I’d totally eat eleven of them too!

  22. SallyBR says:

    Agree, the combination of flavors is something!
    we love to make popovers, or the big brother of them, the Yorkshire pudding, they are all so festive!

    I am still in a bit of a shock trying to grasp the full meaning of a number 11. It’s like your boss says, either you are stuffed or you are not 😉

  23. Kate says:

    I feel like my husband and I also have different ideas of what constitutes “clean” when it comes to dishes and bakeware too.

  24. Beth says:

    Eleven! Ha! I think that even breaks my husband’s records. Very impressive.

  25. Goat cheese and honey…salty and sweet..absolutely divine!

  26. Kristi says:

    I can honestly say I have never made a popover, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever even tasted one. I’m going to put it on my list of recipes that I fear I won’t do right, and try it.

  27. These look absolutely fantastic! We’re having a little neighborhood holiday-get-together and I wanted to make a little snack to go with wine – these are PERFECT. Thank you.

  28. Wow, just wow! Way to take a great thing, like popovers, and make it pretty much as awesome as it could possibly be! Because, really, what’s not to love about goat cheese + honey + black pepper….yum!

  29. Kathryn says:

    I read an article about popovers in a magazine a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been obsessed with the idea of them ever since – love the flavours of these!

  30. What an awesome combination of flavours to put in popovers!

  31. Never made popovers before and I love the addition of the goat cheese!

  32. CHOMP. I just ate 10 of these. Love the flavor combos, remind me a lot of the gougeres I used to make at the restaurant!

  33. P says:

    These look undeniably soooo good! I love how they have honey in them 🙂

  34. I adore popovers – these sound absolutely fabulous!

  35. Joanne I want to reach through the screen and eat a whole plate of these! They look absolutely perfect.

  36. Now that’s a beauty! And I love goat cheese <3 Lovely recipe, Joanne!

  37. I used to make popovers for my kids when they were young, maybe it’s time to reinvent my popovers with this lovely recipe…

  38. Cate says:

    Goat cheese, honey and pepper are three of my favorite things to eat!
    I used to love to make the popovers from mollie katzen’s book because they were so darn easy. I haven’t made them in forever. I think I quit because I, like your boo, could not control myself around them. I’d eat one after the other.

    My pans often fall into the second category.

  39. gloria says:

    your popovers look amazing Joanne I love them!:)

  40. I’ve never made popovers before, but I think I need to start! These look so incredible!

  41. Megan says:

    Count me in! These sound wonderful. I remember the first time I made popovers around Jeff. He’s known to come in the kitchen and grab a spoon and randomly stir something on the stove and things like that, so to ward him off, I said “Whatever you do, don’t open the oven.” Of course, a few minutes later, he forgets and opens the oven! He’s so lucky my popovers still popped. 🙂

  42. goat cheese I can see- black pepper yes I have done it but adding in the sweet hint of honey! GENIUS!

  43. Serena says:

    My mom made popovers almost every Sunday morning and I never make them for my kids. You inspire me to start a new tradition…just these with a made-for-each-other flavor combo…seriously, this Sunday is Goat Cheese Black Pepper Honey popovers Sunday, or my name is mud (or Bad Mom.)

  44. I never knew what a pop over was exactly! Hope there’s a dishwasher on your bridal registry 🙂

  45. I’ve never made popovers before (and admittedly didn’t even really know what they were) but I’m saving this recipe if I ever plan on making them – love the combo of flavours and your confidence in them!

  46. I really gotta join this popovers game that is happening, these look delicious!

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  48. Love these popovers- genius idea to add goat cheese! And I too definitely have a lot of not so clean pans- I set off a lot of smoke alarm a lot and scare myself to death

  49. Lynn says:

    I love popovers – these look marvelous!

  50. I am making these popovers tonight with some soup, how can I not, they look so so good.

  51. My muffin tin looks so terrible that I can’t even look at it anymore whooops. Your popovers, on the other hand, look beautiful! And the flavor combo is a total winner!

  52. Christine says:

    I love popovers but haven’t made them in ages! Yours really do look so light and fluffy. I’m bookmarking this to make for Christmas.

  53. Christina says:

    OK, I am not even suppose to bring something to Christmas dinner… but these are coming with me!

  54. I love popovers. Yours look beautiful. I think I could eat eleven also.

  55. Reeni says:

    I haven’t made popovers in forever! You described the process perfectly right down to the smoking pans! These sound perfect for the holidays! Love goat cheese and honey together.

  56. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    *drooling* these look amazing! I cannot wait to taste these!

  57. popovers are like my most favorite food ever. Also, I just don’t understand how to completely clean a baking pan. There’s always grease stuck to it. Please let me know if you figure out the secret!

  58. Shannon says:

    omg i hate it when that happens! but they sound delicious, so you couldn’t really go wrong 🙂

  59. They turned out beautifully, Joanne! And I’m always on board with adding more goat cheese to my carbs 🙂

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  62. Alex Miklin says:

    Simple. Tasty. Fun to make! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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